Slowly but surely, live-dealer gaming is taking over as the new standard for online casino gamers. Experience the difference first-hand just once and it’s difficult to go back.
But for all its huge advantages, live casino gaming remains shrouded in myths and misconceptions. Some of which are concerning (or at least confusing) enough to put some players off the idea of giving the whole thing a shot.
In an attempt to clarify some of this confusion, here’s a brief rundown of seven common myths and misconceptions about live online blackjack:
1 – You Need to Bet More Than With Standard Online Blackjack
First up, the amount you have to bet has nothing to do with the type of blackjack you play. Instead, it depends on the rules of the house and the table you take a seat at.
For the most part, the minimum bet accepted to play blackjack online is £1. Or at some online casinos, the minimum wager may be £5. Both significantly lower than a traditional casino, where you’re unlikely to get a seat at a blackjack table for less than £10.
In any case, live-dealer blackjack tends to be no more expensive than regular online blackjack. If your preferred casino imposes a minimum wager that’s beyond your budget, feel free to take your business elsewhere.
2 – There’s Always a Queue for the Decent Tables
Some have come to believe that finding a live-dealer blackjack table with a decent amount of action taking place is a challenge. And when you do, you’re destined to wait an eternity in line for a seat.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, as 24/7 accessibility is one of the biggest benefits of live-dealer gaming. Around the clock, thousands of blackjack games are playing out in real-time online. Hence, finding a seat at a busy table is easy, and queuing is pretty much out of the question.
In the unlikely event that the table you want to join is full, you can join a ‘virtual’ queue to do your thing elsewhere until there’s a spare seat. Far less hassle than queuing in the conventional sense at a traditional casino.
3 – The Odds Are Nowhere Near as Good as Regular Online Blackjack
Where this particular myth came from is anyone’s guess, but it holds absolutely no truth or logic whatsoever. The simple fact of the matter is that when blackjack plays out properly, the odds are the same. Irrespective of whether the game takes place online or in the real world, there’s no difference to the odds.
Of course, there may be differences from one type of blackjack to the next, which is worth keeping in mind. But in terms of the house edge, you’ll typically be looking at a house edge as low as 0.5% when playing live-dealer blackjack.
Just be sure to remember that your odds of winning (or losing) will ultimately be determined by the decisions you make – not the house edge.
4 – You Can Play Live-Dealer Blackjack for Free
If only this was true, but sadly it is not. The fact that live blackjack is hosted by real human beings who need to earn a wage eliminates the prospect of free-play from the equation.
This myth can be particularly harmful in that it can send newcomers on something of a wild goose chase. They sign up with an online casino, they find out they can’t play live-dealer games for free and they bail.
In doing so, not realising that the same applies at all online casinos, without exception. The closest you can get to free-play with live-dealer gaming is using the bonus offers available to stretch your bankroll that little bit further.
5 – Live Dealer Blackjack Bonuses Aren’t Worth Bothering With
They are, just as long as you have realistic expectations. To assume online casino bonuses in general amount to real money is to miss the mark entirely. Free money simply doesn’t exist online – unfortunate but accurate.
Live-casino bonuses can be fantastic for taking what you have and making it stretch a little further. The best way to look at bonus money is as just that – bonus credit to use on the games available. Not the kind of currency you can withdraw, or realistically get your hands on.
Though again, it’s the closest you’ll get to being able to play live-dealer blackjack for free.
6 –Live Blackjack Isn’t Good for Beginners
The involvement of a human dealer and a bunch of other players at the table can make live blackjack somewhat daunting for newcomers. As can the fact that you’re typically given no more than 15 to 20 seconds to place your bets, or you’ll be excluded from the hand.
But this doesn’t mean for a moment that live blackjack isn’t good (or even great) for beginners. Live blackjack is designed to offer the closest possible approximation to the real thing. The more live-dealer blackjack you play, the better equipped you’ll be to tackle the real thing at a traditional casino.
If anything, live-dealer blackjack could be even better for newcomers than the classic machine-based blackjack available online.
7 – Counting Cards is Easier Online
Last up, anyone who genuinely thinks you can count cards when playing online blackjack needs a major reality check. Pulling off card counting in a conventional casino is practically impossible. Take things online and the whole thing becomes 100% impossible – completely and utterly out of the question.
In almost all instances, a live blackjack dealer will shuffle the shoes long before it reaches 25% penetration. Or perhaps, swap out the shoe entirely on a regular basis. As the cards are shuffled and swapped even more regularly than in a traditional casino, counting cards simply isn’t an option.
Not that card counting is ever a particularly good idea, as it transforms what should be an enjoyable experience into one big chore. One with a surprisingly low probability of earning you anything more than a few bucks – if you get it right.
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