We know what Hollywood movies are saying: It is “cool” to play blackjack with real money. You may be rich. You are likely to win every game by counting cards. Even the best of all casino games is blackjack. Whether you are in the UK or elsewhere in the world, you probably think that blackjack is the most profitable game you can play in a casino. We regret to say that you are wrong. Slot machines are much better games and are more likely to make you richer. You ask why? Let’s take a look at it together.
Slot Machines Are Better Because of Their Simplicity
Blackjack is using a rule system that looks simple at first glance but it is actually quite complex. In general, it is enough to reach 21 points using the cards in your hand. If you cannot reach this total:
- You must have a higher (but lower than 21) point than the dealer.
- Ace is worth 1 or 11 points, picture cards are counted as 10 points, other cards are at their own values.
So far, it is simple, right? However, after starting a game, suddenly complex systems and bets such as double, surrender, bonus bet, and soft 17 come into play. Moreover, if you play a different variant, a large part of the rules will change. You need to master each variant, and you have to memorize the rules in the different versions. In addition, you should be able to count cards at least on a basic level and apply various strategies. Otherwise, you cannot win any games at all.
Slot machines are not like this. First of all, your goal is always the same: To place the same symbols on a pay line. Whatever variation you play, this is always what you have to do to qualify for a reward. The number of rules you need to learn is much less. If you know what symbols like wild and scatter mean, you are ready to play even in the toughest slot machine. You can easily switch from one machine to a new one. You have literally thousands of options. There is no strategy you have to learn because slots are based entirely on luck. For the same reason, the experience is not important either. It’s very difficult, almost impossible to beat a professional blackjack player. However, even someone playing a slot machine for the first time in his life could become a millionaire. Slots are egalitarian games: Everyone has the same chance of winning, and you do not need to have any experience.
No Strategy Needed
Theoretically, you have a better chance of winning in blackjack. If you look at the RTP ratios of both categories, it is 99% for blackjack and 95% for slot machines. So, at first glance, you might think that you have a better chance of winning in blackjack. However, this is misleading:
- RTP rate of 99% is valid only when you play an optimal game. In other words, you should always make the right decisions, count the cards, and make no mistakes.
- Even with the slightest mistake, the RTP rate goes down to 0.
In real life, even professional gamblers cannot play perfectly. Forget counting the cards: Contrary to what the movies say, this is only possible if you are a mathematical genius (and if you are one of them, you do not need to play blackjack anyway). In other words, the blackjack RTP rate is theoretical and is based on the assumption that you are playing an error-free game.
In slot machines, the RTP rate is fixed. Since you cannot apply a strategy, there is no concept called “optimum game”. In other words, your chances of winning are always the same and never change. This is why you are more likely to win in the long run at slot machines. In this respect, it is possible to say that slot games actually have the highest RTP rate among all casino games. In some video slot machines, this ratio can reach up to 99.8%. The idea that card games award more is a Hollywood myth. If you are not Rain Man, you cannot become rich by playing blackjack. But you always have a chance of getting rich in slot games. In addition, you can use lots of bonus features to increase your odds.
Bigger, Progressive Jackpots
Every time you play with people or against people, there is a possibility of cheating. In this respect, casinos apply a lot of security precautions, but you cannot be sure that the blackjack game you are playing is “trick-free”. Dealers may be malicious, or perhaps the cards are already marked, who knows? Even if the probability is very low, nobody wants to take such a risk. In all card games, including blackjack, there is always a risk of cheating.
Slot machines are perhaps the only type of game that you can trust entirely. The reason for this is that they work with a computer software and an RNG system. RNG stands for random number generator, and the results are really random. Neither the online casino owners nor the person who encodes the game know and cannot predict what the consequences will be. RNG decides which symbols will appear randomly on the screen. It is theoretically possible to control the RNG range, i.e., reduce the winning chances of the player. However, in this case, the RTP rate will also decrease, and it is very easy to check this. By law, players can see the RTP rate of a slot machine before they start playing. If the odds are low, you simply do not play. It is also very easy to audit slot games as they work with the software – audition companies can check all the records in minutes. In short, it is much easier cheat in card and table games. Slot machines are not controlled by people and cannot be used to cheat for the same reason.
Jackpots Are Bigger
The highest prize ever won in a slot machine is close to $ 25 million. And almost every year, another person becomes a millionaire. The progressive jackpot slot named “Mega Moolah” even entered the Guinness Book of Records. Moreover, as we mentioned above, the winners of these awards are not professional gamblers, but ordinary players.
No one in Blackjack has ever won such a high prize. Because there is no progressive betting system, this is simply not possible. Theoretically, it is possible to earn big winnings on blackjack tables where very high stakes are used. But only very rich people or skilled gamblers are invited to this kind of tables. It is not possible for an ordinary player to become a millionaire by playing blackjack.
In short, whatever type of player you are, slot machines are always better. The chances of winning, the rule system, the amount of rewards, no download feature and playing for fun – in all these respects, the slots are much more advantageous. If you get tired of playing a slot, there are thousands of other options you can try. However, blackjack is always the same and if you are not professional, you will eventually get bored. In summary, slot machines are the game of the “people”, and blackjack is the game of skillful “gamblers”.