BEST DOUBLE-DECK BLACKJACK GAMES IN LAS VEGAS
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 atwww.Blackjackclassroom.com.
As I have written in my previous articles in the BJI, I play primarily double-deck games; therefore, I will reveal to you where you can find the best double-deck (DD) games in Vegas.
LOW-LIMIT DD GAMES
If you are low-limit red chip player, the Station's Casinos are your best bet for playable games. Most of the casinos on the Strip do not offer a nickel player many options. As a matter of fact, you would be hard-pressed to find any games for five bucks (a five spot might get you a bottled water).
During the week, a twenty-five dollar minimum will be the cheapest playable games to be found on the Strip. On weekends, minimums will be fifty and one hundred dollars. Most off Strip casinos will watch the play of any black chip players very closely, and some casinos even keep close tabs on green action.
Recently Boyd Gaming purchased the Aliante casino, the Cannery casino (on Craig Road in North Las Vegas), and the Eastside Cannery (on Boulder Highway). All three casinos offer great double-deck games, with 75% penetration. The Eastside Cannery has mostly break-in dealers, and if you scout the dealers, you can get games with 80% penetration (and flashing hole cards to boot).
Most of Boyd's casinos have 50% penetration on their double-deck games and doubling after splitting is not allowed. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the games stay the same. I am hopeful that the Strip properties will follow in Cromwell's casinos footsteps and eradicate the 6:5 blackjack games. It would definitely make for a great New Year for me (and for all blackjack players).
Fremont Street Area Casinos
Here's a run-down on the games being offered in Downtown Las Vegas...
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