Blackjack is one of the few games at a casino where a skilled player can actually have an advantage and make some money in the long run. Even so, the thought of betting a lot of money on the game worries people, and rightly so. We work hard for our money, just like in that Donna Summer song, and risking it on a casino game goes against the nature of many people – who are wired to protect their assets.
Because of that frugality, people often look for the tables with the smallest minimum bet, which in many cases are the $5 blackjack tables (though many casinos don’t have any for less than $10). One thing that people need to keep in mind, though, is that as a general rule, the lower the minimum bet, the more the rules favor the house. The better the rules, the higher the minimum bet.
Keeping that in mind, if you have a higher bankroll, it might be a better idea to play at a $10 blackjack table or even $20 or $30. A blackjack table with $100 minimum bet is going to have the best player rules. The caveat, of course, is that you lose more money each time you lose and if you have a smaller bankroll a losing streak can take all of your money rather quickly.
Online casinos often let you bet anywhere from $5 to $100 per hand at their blackjack tables. So what should you bet? Well, that’s up to you. Blackjack is the ultimate game of risk and reward. Betting a smaller amount using less favorable rules increases the house edge, but it reduces the amount of money in play. Therefore, if your goal is to simply play for a while for fun and hopefully make a little money in the process, that might be the way to go.
However, if you are playing blackjack to try to make money and have a larger bankroll, picking a table with better rules and a higher minimum bet might behoove you. I should caution you, though, that there’s a difference between acting like a high roller and actually being one. A true high roller can walk up to a blackjack table, bet $100 on each hand, lose thousands of dollars, and walk away unphased. That is because a high roller is a person with a lot of disposable income, so losing that money will not impact their life.
However, if you don’t have a large disposable income and simply want to play with the big boys, I suggest you rethink that strategy. You should never bet money that you can’t afford to lose, because even in blackjack there is a house edge. Also remember that card counting doesn’t work online, so you can’t gain a player advantage that way.
So deciding what tables to play comes down to what you’re comfortable with. The low-bet blackjack tables have a higher house edge but that higher percentage is taken from less money. The high-bet tables take a smaller percentage of your money, but there is more money exposed to that house edge. Each blackjack player needs to decide which is preferred.
Whatever the case, before you play online blackjack at any casino, you should check the rules for that game beforehand so you know how favorable the rules are, know what you can and can’t do, and how much you need to bet. When it comes to online blackjack, the more information you have at the outset, the better off you are.