Blackjack vs Video Poker – Which Game is Right for You?
The difference between the two most popular table games
Choosing the right game is everything! Every player of Cafe Casino table games knows that finding the right game is everything. It increases excitement and enjoyment, and makes winning that much more fun. Meanwhile, the wrong game just feels boring (and if luck isn’t on your side, it’s no way to pass the time).
So let’s help you pick which one to play next!
There are a few key differences between Cafe Casino blackjack and video poker that will help you figure out which one is really the game for you. Each one takes work to master, and the payouts can be quite far apart, but both are based on understanding playing cards and some basic odds for cards that will be dealt out.
What Makes Playing Video Poker Awesome
The most basic reason that Cafe Casino video poker is fun is the poker! If you’ve ever played before, in person or online, you know that chasing a big poker hand can be super satisfying when you see it dealt out. Video poker gives you the chance to watch a nice full house, flush, or straight get laid out on the board, which means you’re in for a nice payday.
That’s the second big reason that video poker is a great game – the payouts. If you’re betting big and you land a whopper of a hand, your payout is going to be massive. The top prize in Jacks or Better (our most popular video poker variation) is 4,000x your bet! Granted, you have to hit a straight flush for that to happen, but when your luck comes in, Cafe Casino video poker pays off and then some.
There are a few kinds of video poker among our Cafe Casino table games.
Jacks or Better offers the chance to get a payday if you hit a pair of jacks or any better hand. You can play versions with 1 hand, 3 hands, or 10 hands if you’re a pro who wants a ton of action.
Joker Poker features wild jokers that help you hit hands.
Bonus Deuces Wild offers wild 2s and also gives you the chance to go double or nothing after a winning hand.
Double Double Bonus – also allows you to play double or nothing after a win. You’ll be shown a dealer card and select from four face down cards to pick one that is higher than the dealer’s card. If you win, you can go double or nothing again!
The challenging part of video poker is the strategy. It can take a bit of reading and chart-checking to get a strong feel for optimal play. Of course, when you get it down, the house edge shrinks and you’ll get one of the best values at our casino!
What Makes Playing Blackjack Awesome
Unlike video poker, Cafe Casino blackjack variations don’t offer the same chance at huge paydays, unless you go on a massive win streak. Instead, the payouts are a lot more stable. The strategy to learn is also a bit easier. Like video poker, it takes some work to understand, but once you’ve got it down, you’ll know not just when to hit and stand, but also when to split, double down, take insurance, and surrender.
Cafe Casino blackjack strategy mostly revolves around maximizing your chances of beating the dealer or staying safe when that’s not likely.
As for some basic guidelines: if you have 8-12 points from your first two cards, take a hit. If you have 13-16, you only want that hit if the dealer is showing a 2,3, or 7 or higher. If you see a 4, 5, 6, the probability of the dealer busting is high enough for you to stand pat. If you have 17 or more, just stand. Using these simple concepts, you can get a feel for blackjack until you can delve deeper into strategy and really optimize your play (if that’s something that interests you).
Which Game is Right for You?
Make it fun and relaxing as the night goes! Make your night a memorable one by choosing the right game for your session.
Now that we’ve described the main differences between these Cafe Casino table games, which one should you play? Well, if you’re in the mood for an easier game to produce frequent small wins in, Cafe Casino blackjack variations are going to be the best choice. Blackjack strategy is simpler to get down and it’s more straightforward to get your streaks going.
If, on the other hand, you love poker action and want to go after bigger paydays, Cafe Casino video poker should be your game. There’s no comparison between blackjack and video poker when it comes to payouts. Blackjack is never going to give you 10x, 100x, or 1000x your money, but video poker absolutely can. Players who have dreams of huge bonus cash paydays should definitely head to this game.
For players who are willing to learn a bit more, video poker also offers a deeper optimization and strategy skillset to keep your mind sharp. It depends on whether you really want to geek out or not. Of course, you can play it how you like. If you’re simply in the mood to draw some hands and relax, you can do that too.
It’s all about the kind of experience you’re after, at the end of the day!