Showtime- Roulette vs Blackjack!
Which one is best to play? Karamba experts explore the options !
Imagine you were given the choice between only two casino games: Roulette or Blackjack? What would you pick? It’s a tough choice, and ultimately it boils down to personal preferences.
We’re going to take you behind-the-scenes to uncover the most exciting aspects of these games and decide which one is best. Both these games are thrilling, yet very different. Let’s take a look!
It’s Showtime Folks! Roulette vs Blackjack
The Roulette Facts You Need to Know
Every Spin is Random
The most important thing to remember when playing Roulette is this: every outcome is 100% independent of all prior outcomes. Let that sink in for a moment. This means that if 17 red numbers land consecutively, the next spin is not more or less likely to be red, or black, or green. It could be any of them. Likewise, if the number 7 has not landed in the past 100 spins, it does not mean that it is more likely to come up on the next spin. This seems utterly bizarre, but it’s true.
Roulette Odds Never Change
Over the long-term, the odds of any individual number in American Roulette will always be 1/38 on every single spin. This is because there are 38 numbers on the Roulette wheel and every number has an equal probability of coming good. Recall that there is a 0 and a 00 in American Roulette, in addition to numbers 1-36.
You Win More with European & French Roulette Wheels
Now let’s take a look at European Roulette and French Roulette games. The odds of any number occurring in these games is significantly better for the player at 1/37. Why? Because there are 37 numbers on European and French Roulette wheels. A green 0 and numbers 1-36 characterise these games. Therefore, your odds increase from 2.63% in American Roulette per number to 2.70% in European Roulette and French Roulette.
Debunking Roulette Betting Strategies – They Simply Don’t Work
Many folks are unaware that betting strategies simply don’t work. At best, they are ineffective bankroll management techniques. Many such betting strategies exist, including Martingale, Reverse Martingale, Fibonacci, the James Bond system, and D’Alembert among others. If you fancy your chances on black numbers in Roulette, remember that the odds are always 18/38 in American Roulette and 18/37 in European and French Roulette.
The same is true of red numbers in Roulette, odd numbers and even numbers. In fact, everything is always fixed in Roulette games. Since each new spin is a new game with the same odds, it doesn’t matter what happened previously. Can we apply the same thinking to the game of Blackjack? Let’s find out.
The Ever-Changing Odds in a Game of Blackjack – It’s Pure Magic
So, to cut a long story short, the chance of hitting an odd number in Roulette, or an even number, is 18/38. That translates into 47.37%. Simply put, you will win this bet 47.37% of the time and lose this bet 52.63% of the time. It’s almost like a coin toss, with a slight advantage to the house. Note the difference between 47.37% and 52.63%? It’s exactly 5.26%! Even on individual number bets where the odds are 1/38, or 2.63%, the house edge is still 5.26%. Isn’t that amazing? No, it’s simple mathematics and it works every time.
If Roulette has fixed odds every time you spin the wheel, can the same be said of Blackjack? Absolutely not! Every card that is dealt from a regular 52-card deck in Blackjack changes the odds dramatically. Let’s imagine all the 10-value cards in a regular deck of 52 cards:
- There are 4 suits and Jacks, Queens and Kings.
- There are 4 x 4 cards out of 52 cards that are 10-value cards. In percentages that translates into 30.8% of the deck.
This means that you have about 3/10 of a probability of hitting a 10-value card during the first deal.
How do these odds affect your gameplay?
Well, if you were a betting person – and you clearly are – there’s a 30% probability of being dealt a 10-value card by the dealer. However, if you are holding a 10 and a Jack, and the dealer is showing a King, that’s already 3 x 10-value cards that are no longer available in the 52-card deck.
Since there are only 16 of these cards in total, the odds of hitting another 10-value card on the next deal are significantly less. Remember, 52 – 3 (10 value cards) = 49 cards. Of those 49, just 13 are 10-value cards. That means there is a 13/49 chance of a 10-value card coming up next. In percentage terms, that’s just 26.53%. As a betting person, you now know that there is less of a chance of hitting a 10-value card.
How to Calculate Odds in Blackjack – The Easy Way!
Know How Many Decks are in Play
In Blackjack, every card that is dealt is one less card out of the deck. Most Blackjack games use between 6 and 8 decks of cards. Sometimes you get lucky where 1 or 2 decks of cards are used. These are best for strategy-based gaming. That’s precisely how Blackjack strategists i.e. card counters make their money. Now you know the biggest trick of them all.
In its most basic form, card counting in Blackjack involves assigning a number to high cards, and another number to low cards. By evaluating the count (adding the high numbers and the low numbers), you get an approximation of how many high cards remain in the deck. The higher the number, the greater the probability. It’s a little bit tricky to navigate, but it’s a great way to make money off Blackjack.
Remember What Has Been Played
Can you hit Blackjack (an Ace plus a King, Queen or Jack) if all 4 Aces are already displayed at your table in a regular 52-card deck? Absolutely not. There is no chance of Blackjack. That’s why it’s so important to take note of the cards that are dealt in a game of Blackjack.
Divide Cards into 2 Groups
As a rule, you should always divide the cards up into high cards and low cards. High cards could be anything over 7 and low cards are anything under that. When more of one type are visible on the table, there are more of the other waiting to be dealt. The savvy card counter would raise the stakes when the odds tilt one way or the other.
Is There a Strategy to Employ with Blackjack and Roulette?
With Roulette, betting strategies on numbers, combinations of numbers, inside bets or outside bets cannot guarantee returns. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing European Roulette, French Roulette or American Roulette. However, do not discount strategy during your Roulette gaming sessions.
It is safest to play Roulette games with a low house edge such as European Roulette or French Roulette where the odds are 2.70% and 1.35% (on certain bets) respectively.
With Blackjack, you can expect the house edge to be 4% – 5% on average. However, when perfect strategy is employed you can reduce the house edge to as little as 1%, or less. Blackjack strategy charts, card counting techniques and game selection can help you in this regard.
Which Is the Better Game to Play: Roulette or Blackjack?
Truth be told, both games are completely different, and it depends on you! If you enjoy strategy-based gaming, Blackjack is for you. If you enjoy chance-based gaming, Roulette is for you. Ideally, you can toggle between the two and enjoy Roulette sessions in between your card counting sessions, or vice versa.
A Few Tips Before You Go and Decide for Yourself:
- Bankroll management is important during games of Roulette and Blackjack. You will always want to ensure that you are playing at affordable wagers. Never bet more than you can afford to lose, since this will rapidly deplete your bankroll.
- It’s a good idea to practice Roulette and Blackjack games in a demo play mode before you play for real.
- Some folks can play 60 Blackjack hands per hour at £5 per hand, while others can up the stakes and play 60 hands per hour at £10 per hand. It’s entirely up to you. We recommend playing at low stakes as a novice, and gradually increasing your stakes based on your ability, bankroll and comfort level.