You can learn how to make a profit playing blackjack and betting on NFL games. But is one better than the other?
After learning how to make a profit betting on the NFL, you can start learning about beating blackjack. But you should start with the NFL.
1. One Bet for Hours of Entertainment
You go out with a group of friends and decide to watch an NFL game. You place a $20 wager on the game and spend the next several hours enjoying the game with your friends.
I know that the main argument for blackjack is that it has a low house edge. But even with a low house edge, if you risk more money than you risk betting on football, the odds are high that you’re going to lose more money.
- Do you gamble for entertainment or for another reason?
- And if you gamble for fun, is it more fun to make a bet and watch a game or spend hours at the blackjack table?
Of course, you get to decide why you gamble and if it’s more fun to watch a game or play blackjack, but for most people, it’s more fun and less costly to bet on an NFL game and watch the game than spending hours at the blackjack table.
2. Requires Less Risk per Hour on Average
You don’t have to bet much money to enjoy making a wager in an NFL game. Of course, you can also make small bets on blackjack, but no matter where you play, it costs more every hour to play blackjack than bet on the NFL.
Even if you make bets online, you’re still going to have to bet $1 per hand playing blackjack, and you can bet at an online sportsbook using the same $1. And if you play online blackjack, you’re probably playing at least 100 hands every hour, so you still risk a lot less betting on NFL games on average per hour.
But you don’t have to make large bets. In fact, if you’re a decent handicapper, you can bet on NFL games for months on a small bankroll. But blackjack can quickly eat through your bankroll, especially if you hit an unlucky streak.
3. Finding Value Is Easier
Every gambler is trying to find value, whether they think of what they’re doing that way or not. Professional handicappers look for lines with value so they can make money. Professional blackjack players look for games that they can beat by counting.
If you’re not a card counter, you’re not going to making money playing blackjack. If you’re not a professional handicapper, you’re probably not going to make money betting n the NFL, but you do have a chance.
But you’re not going to learn how to count cards at the blackjack table accidentally. And as a sports fan, you can learn enough from watching games to make a little bit of money betting on the NFL. So it’s easier to find value betting on NFL games than playing blackjack.
4. 6 to 5 Blackjack Games Are Taking Over, and They’re Terrible
If you don’t play a lot of blackjack, you probably don’t realize how bad games that pay 6 to 5 for blackjack are. But these games are extremely bad in comparison to games that pay 3 to 2, and 6 to 5 games are becoming more common all of the time.
You can see how bad a 6 to 5 game is by looking at a simple example. If you bet $40 and get a blackjack, if blackjack pays 6 to 5, you win $48. But if blackjack pays 3 to 2, you win $60. Now, imagine playing for several hours and getting blackjack 10 times. You win $120 less over that time just because of the lower payment for a blackjack.
You can make a lot of bets on NFL games just using the difference you lose because of playing 6 to 5 blackjack. And this is on top of the fact that you have to risk more playing blackjack than you have to risk when you bet on NFL games.
5. Statistical Analysis and Profit
Professional sports gamblers learn how to use statistics and analyze them in ways that help them make money betting on sports. And even if you’re not a professional handicapper, you can still use stats and analysis to help you make a profit.
Some people have fun trying to use stats t pick winners in the NFL. For some people, using stats is the biggest part of the fun. And if you practice long enough, you can make a profit betting on NFL games. When you get good at betting on the NFL, you can have fun gambling while you win.
6. A Solo Activity
I know you can play blackjack online, but most people play in casinos. And when you play in a casino, you have to spend time around other gamblers. And when you play blackjack, there are almost always other players at the table.
When you make bets in a sportsbook, you have to spend a little time around other gamblers when you make your bet, but you don’t have to spend any more time around other people unless you want to. And if you make bets with friends, you can do it on the phone or by text.
And as I mentioned earlier, I enjoy watching a game with friends more than I enjoy spending hours with strangers around a blackjack table. So I’m betting that you do also.
7. The Only Way to Beat Blackjack Is Hard
If you want to beat blackjack, you must learn how to count cards. Unfortunately, while many people have learned how to count cards, the fact is that it’s hard to do.
Here’s all you have to do to break even betting on NFL games. All you have to do is bet with friends using point spreads and not pay vig.
Even if you bet with a sportsbook and pay vig, you’re going to lose less money betting on the NFL than playing blackjack unless you simply make bets that are too large.
I play a lot of blackjack, but I’d focus on learning how to handicap NFL games first if I was starting over.
Learning how to play winning blackjack is a good use of your time, but learning how to make money betting on the NFL is a more valuable skill.
Of course, once you learn how to make a profit betting on the NFL, you can then learn how to beat blackjack, so you have something to do in the off-season.