Blackjack is an old casino game. It can be traced back to France in the 1700’s. That is not to say that it is French—after all there is Spanish 21, which is a very similar card game with obvious Spanish roots—but the 1700’s was the first record of blackjack in a casino.
Anyway. Times have changed and players are no longer limited to playing blackjack in a brick and mortar casino. Instead they can stay at home and play from their home computer. Or from their office at work if they feel risqué enough to do so.
And while online blackjack has many similarities with blackjack played in a brick and mortar casino, the two are not identical.
One, the feeling of being just you and the dealer is emphasized in that you are the only player at the virtual table. This is not like some online poker rooms in which you will be playing with a few real people from somewhere on this planet. Online blackjack is just you and the game.
Two, some types of blackjack strategy cannot be used in online blackjack. Namely card counting. Card counting requires cards to be discarded. This does not happen in online blackjack thanks to the RNG, which pulls cards and starting hands from all possibilities, creating in effect no discards.
But there are some other differences.
Three, you do not have to worry about whether you are playing at the right table with a minimum wager you are comfortable with. Online blackjack starts at $1 and most will go up to $200 per table. But the player is the one who choose how much he wagers within that range. So if you only want to wager $1 per hand, you go right ahead.
Four, you do not have to feel like you are on the spot or judged by other players that you are making the wrong play. Online blackjack can make you feel more confident in your playing without the pressure of other players telling you how to play your hand or that you played it wrong or that you took the dealer’s bust card (which is a myth anyway).
Online blackjack comes with good things and some that are more inconvenient. But on the whole I think it is a good way to play, especially if you are new to blackjack and are just branching out into playing for real money. Playing blackjack online keeps your confidence intact while allowing new players to become accustomed to playing with real money at smaller amounts than can be typically found in a brick and mortar casino.