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How to Plan for to Play Blackjack at a Land-based Casino

Blackjack remains one of the most popular casino games both online at Intertops Casino and at land-based casinos.  We have welcomed a large influx of gamers who used to play at land-based casinos and were “shut out” when the corona virus caused all land-based casinos to close temporarily.

Many of these gamers came to Intertops Casino to play blackjack at an online casino and discovered, possibly to their surprise and certainly to their delight, that at Intertops Casino, they could play 300 games from a single seat or from the great comfort of their living room sofa!

Thus, blackjack players became video poker players, roulette and slots spinners, and lifelong fans of Banana Jones!

And they have also become loyal gamers here at Intertops Casino.  Still, many do want a long weekend at a land-based casino!

Land-based Casinos are Slowly Reopening

As we write this, some land-based casinos have reopened.  They have had to take out many terminals and tables to make social distancing possible.  As good as gaming online has been for former land-based casino players, we are aware that many of these players will want to get back to their favorite land-based casino as soon as possible.

Is it possible that in the year since land-based casinos closed, many gamers have forgotten how to pick blackjack games at land-based casinos?  So, as a service to our many new gamers and for everyone wishing to become a good blackjack player, we offer these bits of advice.

We may phrase them as mistakes to avoid or as important details you need to make sure you find at the blackjack table.

Land-based Casinos Have to Find Ways to Get Revenue and Pay their Bills

The return to player rate is higher at online casinos than at land-based casinos for the simple reason that land-based casinos have a lot more operating costs and have to make up for that in some way.

The most obvious way to do so is to have a lower return to player rate.

Land-based casinos can calibrate the random number generator to return less to players than the players could get at an online casino.  This ploy wouldn’t work at blackjack so the casinos have other ways to make the house edge in blackjack higher.

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The House Edge in Blackjack at Intertops Casino is about 0.50%

We will soon go over some of the tricks land-based casinos use to increase their edge in blackjack.  For now, let’s focus for a moment on the house edge at Intertops Casino. 

In simple terms, if a gamer plays blackjack at Intertops and uses the best strategy for the variation he or she is playing, the house edge in about one half of one percent.

Let’s do a little arithmetic to see what this means.  Let’s say that you want to play for a half an hour and you can play four hands per minute.  So, in 30 minutes you will play 120 hands.  Now let’s assume that you bet $5 per hand.  For 120 hands, you will bet $600.  If you win back 99.50% of that money, you will end up with $597.

We contend that $3 is a small price to pay for 30 minutes of fun playing blackjack.  With a return to player rate that high, gamers end up winning a few dollars quite often as well!

In short, blackjack at Intertops Casino online is a great way to have fun gaming at little to no cost!

Blackjack Generally Has No Extra Jackpots

The return to player rate in slots can be misleading because a lot of the money that gamers win as a group is won by individuals who win big jackpots—thus making the return to player rate in the area of 95-97%. 

In blackjack, the most you can win is 3-2 for a blackjack or twice (sometimes more) your original bet if you double down or split.  So, every hand in blackjack really depends on your original bet.  If you play conservatively, you can play for just a few dollars per hand.  With the correct strategy, you will win or lose a few dollars.

Very Few Players at Land-based Casinos Play for Only a Half an Hour

The arithmetic we did above is based on 30 minutes of playing blackjack.  When you play at home, you have so many other things you can do in addition to gaming.  Thirty second sessions at home are quite common.  What is not at all common in online gaming at home is many hours of gaming.

There simply is no need to do so since the games will still be in your computer or on your mobile device the next time you want to play!   Gamers at land-based casinos spend hours playing.  Thus, the mathematics implies that blackjack players at land-based casinos will lose much more than blackjack players at Intertops Casino Red or any other top online casino.

Land-based Casinos Have other Tricks to Increase the House Edge

In addition to the nature of land-based casino gaming, where players want to get the most gambling out of their trip to the casino and therefore play for much longer sessions, land-based casinos can increase their edge in several ways.

  1. Some land-based casinos offer only 6-5 for blackjack instead of 3-2.  It might seem like a small change but it increases the house edge dramatically.
  2. Some casinos allow doubling down only on hard counts, that is, hands without an ace.
  3. Some casinos allow doubling down only on hands with 9-11 points.  There are times when it is good strategy to double down with fewer points depending on the dealer’s up card.
  4. Some casinos allow you to split only once.  That means that if you get the same card again you can’t split again.
  5. Most land-based casinos will encourage players to take insurance.  This is a psychological ploy since the casinos know that insurance in the long run increases the house edge quite a bit.
  6. Most land-based casinos don’t offer surrender.  This tactic is a big advantage to players with very poor hands and facing a dealer with a much better up card.

Play at the End of the Table

Some people say that it is better to play as a single player head to head with the dealer.  We feel that if you can see several hands unfold in front of you on every hand, you can get a good idea of how to play your hand even if you aren’t counting cards.

In this sense, being the last player at the table is a big boost to your chances to win.

Play within Your Means

Especially now that so many tables have been taken out of casinos to make way for better social distancing, it could be that the only blackjack table at a land-based casino has a minimum bet that is higher than you are comfortable betting.

Avoid such tables!

You should do some research into any land-based casino that is reopening to find out about their blackjack and other games you might want to play.

Come Back to Intertops

We understand the desire of many gamers to have a long weekend at a land-based casino.  Still, Intertops Casino Red offers the best gaming experience with over 300 games, many promotions, new slots every month, many tournaments, and much more!

We look forward to “seeing” you!

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