Is Blackjack Really the Easiest Game in a Casino?

June 5th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

For a long time the debate has been going strong over whether or not blackjack is in fact the easiest game to play in casino, in other words that it’s easier to make a profit in blackjack than it is at any other game. In fact the debate has been going back and forth so long you may be wondering why it’s not studied by scientists. Well actually it HAS! A few years ago, It think it was in the 80′s, a group of students from Stanford University actually set out to study the odds of different casino games in order to figure out which games, including blackjack, might be the most potentially profitable games to play in a casino.

Interestingly, the team from Stanford was only interested in house games, that is; games where players aren’t playing against each other but rather when they are playing against the house. It’s interesting to note that blackjack is kind of a combination of the two, because while you are clearly playing against the house, there are other players there as well that have a big impact on the game. The same is true of online blackjack, while you are actually playing against the house, in online blackjack the computer simulates the other players that would normally be seated with you at a casino, and they play at the online blackjack table along with you.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that the university students actually found that YES! Blackjack is in fact the easiest game in a casino, to earn a profit at. But remember they did not count poker. Most people believe that poker is actually the easiest way to earn money in a casino, but that in order to do so you have to be really good. Well the same is true for blackjack. While it may be true that blackjack does provide slightly better odds than any other game at, either a live or online casino, whether or not you will win a profit depends on how GOOD you are! Don’t expect that you’ll be able to sit down at blackjack and make a profit as long as you play enough. It doesn’t work like that. Black jack is a game of skill just as poker is. The university team found that you need to take the time to develop a blackjack strategy, and then once you have developed a strategy you have to employ that strategy over a long period of time in order to make your strategy turn a profit. In other words, the better odds that everyone talks about at a blackjack table, are really only very slight. A person will only gain an advantage over the house if they have a solid strategy and they play for a very long time. But the good news is it actually works. The university students were actually able to make money at every casino they went to, even online casinos. And when the university published its findings in scientific journals, the students that did the work were actually not allowed to set foot in any casinos in the country.

So while it may be possible to get good enough at blackjack that you can actually make money playing it, the moral of the story is, if you can do it, don’t tell anyone, or at least don’t publish it in a journal.

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