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NORTH LAKE TAHOE BLACKJACK REPORT

by KC Brooks

I have been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revere’s "Playing Blackjack as a Business" when I was 15. The art of blackjack is a lifetime endeavor. I went through the learning process backwards, learning Revere’s Advanced Point Count first. I found out early that the actual count system is only a small piece of the puzzle. Presently, I travel "my" Devils Triangle (Reno, Wendover, Vegas}, playing mainly single- and double-deck games. Hi Lo is my choice of strategies and "Professional Blackjack" by Wong is my bible. I worship a large spread, and have been known to wong everywhere I go. Thank God I haven’t had to register as a wonger yet, but I am sure it is not too far off. I also help fellow AP Nick teach card counting at www.Blackjackclassroom.com. 

The casinos were visited in May 2013 for this report, and they include:

Crystal Bay

Tahoe Biltmore

Jim Kelley’s Nugget

Horizon

Mont Bleu

Harrah’s

Harvey’s

Lakeside Inn

The drive from Reno to North Shore Lake Tahoe is slightly over an hour. The views are incredible; from the snowcapped mountains to the brilliant blue hue of Lake Tahoe, you would be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque landscape. From the Mt. Rose summit, you drop into Incline Village, make a right turn at highway 28, and travel a few miles to the California and Nevada border at Crystal Bay. There you will find The Crystal Bay Club, Tahoe Biltmore, and Jim Kelly’s Nugget Casino.

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB CASINO

I arrived at the Crystal Bay parking garage in the late afternoon (there were very few cars inside the garage). The casino was even more dismal, with only one dealer and one pit critter. The casino is small, about 20,000 square feet, with roughly 300 slot and video poker machines, and about a dozen table games.

The only blackjack game offered is a six-deck game with H17. You can double after pair splitting and re-split aces. Table limits are $5-$100, the house advantage is 0.58%, and the cut card is placed...

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