Slots and blackjack are the two most popular games in casinos, whether it’s an online casino or a land-based casino. But it’s not a close competition in the U.S. Which do you think is more popular?

In fact, online slots is far and away more popular than online blackjack. There are hundreds and hundreds of online slots games, and under 10 common online blackjack variations. On average, casinos have about 5 times more slots machines than blackjack tables. So, although it’s a distant second place, blackjack is still much loved by casino gamers. So what’s the appeal to each?

Slots and Lady Luck 

Slots and blackjack are the two most opposite games you’ll find in a casino, and the thing that differentiates them is this: luck.

With a slots game, whether you win or not depends upon luck. Unless you have superpowers, there’s nothing you can do to affect where the reels stop. The only choices you have are: 1) which game you play and 2) how much you bet. So there’s no strategy, exactly, but you should be sure to pick a game depending on the kind of player you are.

Slots players who play for entertainment may want frequent, smaller wins. In that case you want to find a game with a higher Return to Player (RTP) percentage. Gamblers who are willing to bet through longer periods with little action in the hope of a big win will want a low volatility game with a big pay out.

Blackjack: Luck and Strategy 

Unlike slots, blackjack involves a good bit of strategy. Luck is involved in the dealing of the cards; that is out of your hands. But you can decide what to do with your cards, and that’s where strategy comes in.

The goal of blackjack is to come closer to 21 than the dealer without going over (or going bust). You have options with what to do with your cards. You may, hit (take another card), stay with your hand, or split your cards. There are also several betting options which, if you have a strong hand, may be a good idea.