Two casino classics, Roulette and Blackjack are no doubt two of the most popular games of chance. Both games date back to the 1700s, and have been staple games in both land-based and online casinos for many years.
But with both games being so popular, which is best for you to play?
Read on to discover how to play Blackjack and Roulette, so the next time you visit your favourite online casino site or land-based venue, you’ll know what’s best for you.
Roulette is pretty easy to learn. There are different variations of the wheel – American (double zero) and European (single zero). On both wheels, numbers one to 36 are spread out, alternating between odd and even, high and low – displayed in red and black pockets.
There are a variety of bets you can place, separated between inside and outside bets. The odds of these each vary, but for beginners, it’s recommended to place even money, outside bets (high/low, even/odd, red/black). Despite having the lowest payout, these bets have just under a 50% chance of winning.
To play, you simply place your wager and watch as the dealer, or Random Number Generator (RNG) – if you’re playing online, spins the wheel. A small ball will be dropped into the wheel, spinning the other way, until the wheel comes to a halt and the ball settles into one of the pockets. This will indicate the outcome of the game and anyone who predicted correctly will be paid out accordingly.
The aim of Blackjack is to beat the dealer. You can do this by being dealt a card value that’s as close to, or exactly 21, without going over. Numbered cards are worth face value – Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10, and Aces can be worth one or 11, depending on what best suits your current hand.
Once you’ve placed your wager, the dealer will deal each player a face-up card, clockwise. They will then give themselves a face-up card, before dealing everyone a second card. Their next card will be face-down.
After adding up the value of the two cards you’ve been dealt, you’ll get to decide whether you want to ‘hit’, and be dealt another card, ‘stand’, and stick with the cards you have, exit the game and ‘fold’, ‘split’ your hand into two, or ‘double down’ on your bet.
Once you are happy with your hand value, the dealer will reveal their face-down card which will reveal whether you have won or not.
There may be other players around the table when you play, but they won’t affect the outcome of your game, as it is between you and the dealer.
Which is best?
So, which game do you think is best for you? Both are very different, with one being played with cards and the other on a wheel. Ultimately, deciding which is best for you depends on your preferred style of gameplay.
If you prefer holding playing cards, and having multiple choices to make that could help with the chance-based outcome, then Blackjack is probably going to be your favourite.
But, if you like the anticipation of watching the wheel spin, then Roulette is the game for you!