You will often hear about how great online blackjack is, how convenient it is and how it is as close to casino blackjack as cinnamon sugar is to cinnamon.
Both online blackjack and casino blackjack have the same rules. Basic strategy can be used in both. And you are still only playing against the dealer, or dealer-type figure in the case of online blackjack.
But they have another similarity that you do not often hear about, and that is because the online casinos do not want you to know about it really. When a player can put the pieces together it is easy to see, but they would still rather you not make the direct connection, fearing that it will put a blemish on the benefits of online blackjack.
Not that you could really stop an online blackjack player from playing even if they did know. If someone wants to play blackjack online and this is the only way, they will play regardless of whether or not online blackjack is like playing at a blackjack table with a CSM.
A CSM is a Continuous Shuffle Machine. It is used at blackjack tables in casinos with six or more decks, and will constantly shuffle the deck between rounds so that the dealer does not have to stop part way through and reshuffle the decks.
Now the reason for the similarity between online blackjack and casino blackjack in regards to a CSM is in how the programming for an online blackjack game works.
A game of online blackjack is programmed with every possible way to start a round—all the two card possibilities and dealer up cards. When the player clicks Deal, the RNG will instantly pull one of those possibilities for that round.
When the next round begins the RNG pulls again from all possibilities. None are eliminated because of the round that was just played. This is similar to how no cards are discarded in a game of casino blackjack with a CSM.
What this means for online blackjack players is that no cards are eliminated, so card counting is out. It also means that there is no down time on the game’s part; any delays come from the player.
But even if you are a card counting player and want to play online, the fact that card counting being impossible will not stop you from playing. You just learn to play online blackjack without it.