Blackjack and poker are two of the most popular games that you will see in any casino. There are even some players, like Andy Bloch and Erica Schoenberg, who have made the crossover from professional blackjack player to professional poker player. However, there are some very important differences between these two games and you need to know what they are if you are going to be successful at either one.
Blackjack vs. Poker: House Edge
Poker is played against other players, rather than the House, so technically there is no “House edge.” However, most poker rooms will take a rake, or a small percentage of each pot, as payment for running the game. Therefore whatever edge the player is able to generate through skill must be big enough to cover the rake. Blackjack, on the other hand, is played against the House, and therefore has a House edge, which, with correct use of basic strategy, is usually less than two percent.
Blackjack vs. Poker: Turning Pro
It is very difficult to be a blackjack pro, simply because the only way to do it is through counting cards or some other method of tracking certain cards in the deck. This is a skill that takes painstaking effort, especially if the shoe contains six decks or more, and requires many hours of play before you turn a serious profit, notwithstanding the way card counting is portrayed in the movies. Furthermore, counting online is impossible because the random number generator in the software makes it impossible to know how rich the deck is in tens at any given time. While becoming a poker pro is more difficult than it may look on T.V., your goal is simply to have an edge over the other players at the table, which is much easier than turning a game with a built-in two percent edge against you into one where the edge is in your favor.
Blackjack vs. Poker: Celebrity
If your goal is fame and fortune, blackjack is probably not for you. Professional blackjack players need to remain anonymous, because casinos can ban winning players from their casino whenever they want. On the other hand, people love to test their skills against successful poker players, so in this day and age, poker players can practice their skills right out front for everyone to see.