Blackjack is the game of choice in the casino for gamblers who’re looking for a high return to player percentage. But you have to play by a strict set of strategies if you want to have the best chance to win, and this can get boring.
If you’re looking for some variety when you’re gambling there are plenty of options. But some of these options are so bad that you need to avoid them. On the other hand, some options are almost as good as blackjack.
Here’s a list of five gambling options you can try when you get tired of playing real money blackjack.
Let It Ride Poker
The first two games on this list are for blackjack players who don’t want to stray too far from blackjack. Both of the games in these first two sections are table games, but they’re based on poker instead of blackjack. If you want to stay as close as possible to blackjack but still want a change of pace, check out the last section in this article.
Let It Ride is a fun poker game available in some casinos. You can also play Let It Ride on mobile casinos and online casinos.
You start by placing three wagers of the same size and you receive three cards. You have the option to pull one wager back or let it ride. The dealer also places two cards face down on the table. After you make your first choice the dealer turns over one card.
At this time you can either pull a wager back or let it ride. The dealer then flips over the second card and you get paid if your three cards and the two cards on the table form a paying hand.
The main thing that makes Let It Ride fun is that you have some control over how much you’re risking. If you have a good three card hand you can let all of your wagers ride, but if your hand is bad you have the opportunity to pull back two wagers and save some money.
You can use a fairly simple strategy when you play Let It Ride, but it’s not as good of a game as blackjack. The return to player percentage is worse than most blackjack games. But it’s a great way to play something different for a bit until you’re ready to get back in action at the blackjack table.
Mississippi Stud Poker
Mississippi Stud poker is another game where you have a lot of control over how much you bet during the hand. You can wager from one to 10 times your starting wager, depending on how the hand plays out.
To start a game of Mississippi Stud poker you make an ante wager. Then you get two cards and the dealer places three cards face down on the table. This is like the flop in Texas holdem, but the cards are revealed one at a time and there’s not a turn or river.
If you’ve been adding up the wager options you can see that with a $10 ante wager you invest anywhere from $40 to $100 to reach the end of the hand. But you can fold at any time and save money. If you fold before the first card is turned over on the board your total loss is only $10.
This sounds like a game where you might have a chance to win in the long run because you can bet so much more when you have a good hand. This makes the games fun, but even playing with good strategy still has a lower return to play percentage than blackjack and Let It Ride.
High Return to Player Video Poker Games
Some video poker games have a return to player percentage similar to blackjack games. This makes these games a good option for blackjack players because you have roughly the same chance to win and are going to lose close to the same amount in the long run if you risk close to the same amount.
The key is playing the right video poker games. Notice that the title of this section is high return to player video poker games.
In order to find these machines you have to learn which video poker variations are the best and you have to find machines with the right pay tables. And then you have to use strategy to make sure the return to player number is as high as you can make it.
The good news is that if you already know how to use blackjack strategy that it’s easier to use video poker strategy. And just like blackjack, you can get a strategy card for the most popular video poker variations.
Texas Holdem Poker
Smart blackjack players can beat the game, and smart Texas holdem players can beat the game. This is the main reason why Texas holdem is the best alternative for bored blackjack players.
The problem is that it’s hard work to beat either of these games.
The correct strategy for Texas holdem is much more complicated than blackjack strategy. But if you find a holdem table filled with bad players you can make a profit even if you make some mistakes.
If you’re smart enough to beat blackjack, you’re smart enough to beat Texas holdem. It’s just going to take some work.
I can count cards and I’m a winning Texas holdem player. But it took close to 10 years to learn how to do both at a profitable level. It might not take you as long, but don’t expect to learn everything you need to know in a few months.
It’s much easier to concentrate on one game or the other. It’s also a much faster path to profits when you concentrate on one game.
Texas holdem poker is still a good game to learn. You can practice for free on your mobile device or online, and you can start playing for small stakes. This is a good opportunity to improve your skills without risking too much money.
Spanish 21 Variation
Spanish 21 is a variation of blackjack, so it’s a good choice if you want a change of pace but don’t want to stray too far. And if you learn the best strategy, Spanish 21 has a return to player percentage close to the best blackjack games.
The important thing to know is that the strategy for Spanish 21 isn’t exactly the same as regular blackjack strategy. So if you’re going to play Spanish 21 take some time to learn the important strategy differences.
Spanish 21 is basically a blackjack game that has almost every good rule that you can think of. The trade off is that there are no 10’s in the deck. This reduces your chance of getting a blackjack, but all of the other good rules really make a big difference.
Another good reason to consider playing Spanish 21 if you’re a blackjack card counter is that there’s usually less heat on the game than on the regular blackjack tables. Counting is a little different in Spanish 21, but you can use it to beat the game.
If you can learn all of the strategies that you need to win, Texas holdem is the best choice on this list if you’re a blackjack player. But if you’re looking for a change of pace that’s a great deal like blackjack, Spanish 21 is a good game.
High return video poker games offer about the same return to player percentages as blackjack, so they’re a good option. If you’re looking for a new table game, check out Mississippi Stud Poker or Let It Ride Poker.
When you stick with one or more of the five options listed in this article you’re avoiding the worst games while still changing the pace a bit when you gamble.