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Winners Guide to Vegas Blackjack Tables

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 25th February 2007 3:18pm
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Today's L.A. Times has a great article about the shifting blackjack rules at Las Vegas Casinos. If you're like us, you've probably spent 20 minutes reading the miniature signs that outline a given tables rules when scouring the casino floor for a suitable game. More and more 'Vegas Rules' blackjack games are vanishing, replacing 3-2 blackjack payouts with 6-5, multi-deck shoes with continual shuffle, dealers standing on all 17s with hitting soft 17 (A-6), splitting 2nd Aces with no split after double etc. All of these minor shifts in blackjack have shaved a once fair game into one with a superior house advantage.

The L.A. Times goes in search of a good blackjack game, and you'll be surprised (or not) at what they've found - the only true 'Vegas Rules' games, particularly those of the double deck or hand held variety have astronimical minimum bets - $100-200/hand.

MGM Grand
- Single-deck, 6-5 payoff dealer hits S17 - $10
- A sucker game. The best advice is just don't sit down.

- Multi-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer stands on S17 - $10
- doubling after split OK,
- re-splitting aces OK
- A much better game, and at least the drinks are free.

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Four Queens
- Double-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer hits S17 - $5
- Yeah, this is OK but not great.

- Single-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer hits S17, double-down on any two cards; double after splitting - $10
- On a $10 bet, you stand to lose 18 cents this is the best table in town. Bring a seat cushion. Play this right and you have an even chance of winning.

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The Venetian
- Multi-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer hits S17, re-splitting aces OK, late surrender offered - $10
- Not bad, but you can do better.

- Double-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer stands on S17, doubling after splitting OK -$200
- It's an expensive game, but it's pretty sweet. Bet a lot and win a lot if you're lucky.

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Rio
- Single deck, 6-5 payoff, dealer hits S17 - $10
- Immediately step away from the table.

- Multi-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer stands on S17 - $15
- A marginally better game.

- Double-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer hits S17 - $200
- Yikes. At $200 per bet, you'd better bring a big wad of cash.

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The Flamingo
- Multi-deck, 6-5 payoff, dealer hits S17 - $5
- Forget it. This is just about the worst game in town. Only a casino vacuum cleaner picks up more.

- Single-deck, 6-5 payoff, dealer hits S17, double after splitting OK - $10
- Keep on walkin'.

- Multi-deck, 3-2 payoff, dealer stands on S17, doubling after splitting OK $100
- Expensive and just barely fair. You can do better.



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