Online Blackjack vs. Real-Life Blackjack
  • I'm pretty new to blackjack, so forgive me if I ask a stupid question.

    I practice basic strategy online at bodog casino. I play BS to the letter there and most of the time I get wasted. In the practice session, they give you $1000. I deliberately lose 850 so I have 150 left and then play as if I would in a real casino- $15 flat bets. Most of the time, I lose the money pretty quickly- like 25-30 hands. I usually alternate a few wins and losses and steadily go down to 0.

    On the simulator here, however, I'll usually show about a $100 profit after I play through the 20 hands on difficult level. The simulator here has better odds than bodog- dealer stands on soft 17 here while he hits on soft 17 at bodog. But would that really make so much of a difference?

    I've only played real blackjack at a casino once and lost $175. But that was before I knew about strategy. I'm going again tonight though.

    I know that online practice programs shuffle after each hand, which essentially makes it an infinite deck, which puts the odds more in favor of the house. A casino using real cards would obviously not shuffle a 4 or 6 deck shoe after every hand.

    What I'm asking is this- How different are the odds on practice simulators vs. in the real world? I know that's a pretty vague question, but any input would be appreciated.
  • Scumbag said:
    I'm pretty new to blackjack, so forgive me if I ask a stupid question.

    I practice basic strategy online at bodog casino. I play BS to the letter there and most of the time I get wasted. In the practice session, they give you $1000. I deliberately lose 850 so I have 150 left and then play as if I would in a real casino- $15 flat bets. Most of the time, I lose the money pretty quickly- like 25-30 hands. I usually alternate a few wins and losses and steadily go down to 0.

    On the simulator here, however, I'll usually show about a $100 profit after I play through the 20 hands on difficult level. The simulator here has better odds than bodog- dealer stands on soft 17 here while he hits on soft 17 at bodog. But would that really make so much of a difference?

    I've only played real blackjack at a casino once and lost $175. But that was before I knew about strategy. I'm going again tonight though.

    I know that online practice programs shuffle after each hand, which essentially makes it an infinite deck, which puts the odds more in favor of the house. A casino using real cards would obviously not shuffle a 4 or 6 deck shoe after every hand.

    What I'm asking is this- How different are the odds on practice simulators vs. in the real world? I know that's a pretty vague question, but any input would be appreciated.


    If you only play basic strategy, you really can't win long-term. The worst thing that could happen to you is to find a simulator that favors the user, so that it would convince you you can win without counting or any other sort of edge.

    As far as I know the simulator here is pretty accurate. But that means that for 20 rounds, you can easily finish up ahead. Play it a few dozen times and keep up with total wins/losses and you should get a more realistic approximation...
  • Scumbag said:

    I know that online practice programs shuffle after each hand, which essentially makes it an infinite deck, which puts the odds more in favor of the house. A casino using real cards would obviously not shuffle a 4 or 6 deck shoe after every hand.


    Misconception. Shuffling after each round does not affect the number of each card in the shoe. The odds are the same. Assuming the games are fair.

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