When we think of the most popular, traditional casino games, Blackjack and Poker tend to pop up quite frequently.
After all, they've been around seemingly forever, and the numbers of people who play them show absolutely no signs of slowing down.
Yet over the last several years, Poker seems to have gained an edge over Blackjack thanks to the rise of televised tournaments and Poker Superstars living the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
As gambling fans, of course we're happy for the Poker diehards, but that doesn't mean Blackjack should be left behind.
If you're thinking about making the switch from one game to another, or haven't yet started to play and are deciding which table to sit at, here's a look at how things stand with Blackjackas an alternative to Poker
House vs. Fellow Players
Here’s the fundamental difference between the two games: In Blackjack, you’re playing primarily against the house, whereas in Poker, your main competitors are your fellow players.
How does this make Blackjack a good alternative? It adds a greater chance of luck and the thrill of the chase, compared to Poker in which anyone who can master a few techniques can beat out their rivals. Of course, this makes the latter game more attractive for those who are only concerned with winning, but for those of us who enjoy the game as much as the goal, Blackjack comes out tops.
That’s not to say there’s no skill involved. It is still possible to develop a few strategies for Blackjack success, though even still, the thrill of the game is much greater.
More excitement, more action
Adding to excitement factor, there’s the fact that Blackjack is simply a faster, more action-packed game than Poker. In the latter, your patience can be severely tested as you sit around the table, waiting whilst your fellow players agonize for ages over what decision to make.
With Blackjack, there’s always something to do, you’re constantly counting, money is always at stake, and you can generally have a lot more fun with your game.
Easier for newcomers
If you're new to card-based casino games, Blackjack is practically tailor-made for you.
It's much easier to learn the rules, master the techniques and take home the prizes than Poker, and you'll soon find that Blackjack lends itself well to stacking the odds better in your favour.
Bigger prizes, better payouts
Look up any comparison of Poker and Blackjack, and you'll find that those who play Blackjack on a professional level are enjoying much better payouts than their poker-playing counterparts.
Yes, Poker stars get all the fame and glory, but at a ground level, people are able to take home more money from counting cards at Blackjack than they are at trying to scoop the big poker prizes.
Not yet convinced? Why not give both games a try for yourself. If you’ve already enjoyed some poker, try Blackjack as an alternative. You never know, you might just be pleasantly surprised.