Maybe you’ve always wanted to play blackjack but you’re a little intimidated. You’ve read up on strategy and have played friendly games at home wagering with peanuts. You’re still a little worried about starting a real game, though, partly because of the money involved. There are two ways to handle this problem. The first, as I have written about before, is by playing free online blackjack. Most online casinos have free blackjack games that you can play using fake money. The free games give you the change to practice your basic strategy without risking any of your money.
Once you have that down, though, you will logically want to step up to a real money game. While the upside of the free blackjack games is that you don’t risk losing any money, the downside is that you can’t win any money, either. With real money games, there is greater risk but there is also greater reward.
It would be foolish to go straight from the free games to high-stakes blackjack tables. Betting hundreds on each hand may not be a good idea for anyone and if it is, it’s only for the rich and experienced blackjack players. Instead, I suggest finding a table with the lowest betting limits. Both online casinos and brick and mortar casinos have blackjack tables with a wide range of betting limits.
To accommodate people looking for a lower risk to blackjack, many casinos have started holding “retro blackjack.” Making a blackjack game retro can mean many things, but it often entails setting up an ambiance that reflects an older time and having low betting limits that are not adjusted for inflation. In other words, the tables can have betting limits as low as $1, which was a lot more money back in the days of the retro casinos, but due to inflation everything costs more now, including (usually) casino bets.
Blackjack, of course, is the ultimate game of risk-reward. If you bet only $2 on each hand, you won’t win a whole lot of money when you win, but at least losing won’t be painful. If you have enough success betting $2, you might want to step up to $5 and then $10 and someday you might find yourself at that high-stakes table.
Until then, however, enjoy the thrill of putting your money, no matter how small the amount, up against the dealer and betting that you can outplay him. Even if it’s only $1 at stake, there is nothing like the experience of that challenge. It was true back in the casinos of old and it’s still true today.