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Endangered Species: 5 Dollar Blackjack Tables

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 5th March 2006 12:56am
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THE $5 blackjack table, baby.

It's nomadic, elusive the grail of weekend gambling in Atlantic City. It's also rather increasingly hard to find as a January night traveling from casino to casino along the world-famous Boardwalk proved.

One summer, not long ago, it could be found on the sixth floor of Bally's. The next year, it was in a discrete, plain gaming room on the fourth floor of the Sands. Sometimes it's just sitting out there in plain sight on the bustling main drag at the Wild Wild West Casino at Bally's, if you hit the tables before 5 p.m.

Rumor has it that Harrah's will be plugging one in permanently this April, but for now, it is found largely by word of mouth. Perhaps a security guard will point a finger in the right direction, or a waitress will shrug and say, "Well, you might try. ..." If you're lucky, the pit boss will offer a rare tip, or at least direct you to its equally hard-to-find sister, the $10 table.

Though it saddens the heart (and wallet) to say so, the low-limit table might just be a dying breed on weekends in the new Atlantic City, where the minimum limit often starts at $15 in the early evening and climbs to $25 in a number of hours.

As Jeff Barish, the pit manager of the sixth-floor room at Bally's, Billy's Poker Parlor, tells it: "Yeah. We used to have it up here maybe two or three years ago. We had six tables, a whole pit of it, and a lot of young people learned to play on those tables. Now it's all Texas Hold 'Em. But sometimes, they'll still stop in and say, 'Where is it?' "

[ The rest of the article is a GREAT read from the New York Times - Ed ]



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