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The hunt for good blackjack games in Las Vegas never ends. The expansion of 6:5 blackjack on the Vegas Strip means there are less 3:2 games available, which offer better returns and are more desirable to play. Experienced visitors and blackjack players know where to find the better games in town.
VegasChatter reader MinnesotaPhats recently emailed us to remind everyone that there are better alternatives if you venture off the Strip:
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Online gambling isn’t such a big deal right now. It’s getting off to a slower start than many originally thought it would. That will change as states add online gambling, but it won't happen very quickly.
One of the first steps in growing online gaming will come from online poker. Online gambling isn’t so simple to explain to everyone because it’s not an equal monster. Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. While Nevada only allows online poker, the other states offer other types of casino games from blackjack to slot machines.
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One of the things about having a great vocal community is that people listen. Wednesday, we revealed more details about gaming at SLS Las Vegas and you voiced concerns about what blackjack games will actually be offered when the renovated resort reopens August 23. SLS was listening and offers up more information to interested fans.
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SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!
Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.
Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.
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Caesars Entertainment has taken to the casino in an effort to drum up business for the High Roller observation wheel. Last week, Flamingo, The Quad and other Caesars casinos began issuing free High Roller tickets to any player that received a suited 21 at the blackjack tables. That means any time the first two cards dealt to a player are an Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King in the same suit (diamonds, hearts, clubs, spades), the player would receive a coupon for a free ticket to ride. The coupons are non-transferable (in theory, not so much in application) so whoever the ticket is made out to has to use it.
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The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:
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Red Rock Resort has one of the best pools you'll find anywhere in Vegas. As you can see from the HDR’d photo above, it’s more like a pool complex with pools of varying size and depth. This is not what you'd expect to find at a "locals" casino. The complex also houses a covered bar and restaurant which features a similar menu to what you’ll find inside at the Grand Cafe. Fans and misting systems almost make you forget it’s 115 degrees. Almost.
Now that it's pool season, this writer is always looking for an excuse to take his gaming outdoors. After placing bets and waiting for the Belmont Stakes to begin, some friends and I decided to head outside and watch the race at the pool bar. It’s been almost a year since I last visited the bar and I'd forgotten one of its most important features.
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The best days of finding good blackjack games at every casino are a thing of the past. It's possible to find good blackjack games, but now we have to hunt for them.
The blackjack game at El Cortez is as good as it gets, however, it’s a low limit game. It’s rare that you’ll walk away from a session of $5 or $10 blackjack too rich or too poor. It’s a great game for a fun time but, if the pit bosses see you on an epic hot streak, they'll either ask you to leave or close the table.
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It could be tunnel vision, but ever since Venetian switched low limits blackjack to pay 6:5, the games are virtually empty. In fact, besides on the weekend, all of the low limits tables that aren’t craps seem eerily quiet. The high limits 3:2 blackjack games, however, have been doing brisk business as usual. Nothing has changed there.
While walking towards the beautiful sportsbook recently, this writer noticed the Dealers Angel blackjack machine. This video blackjack machine has seats for five players, but nobody was playing when I walked by. A quick check of the rules showed that this video blackjack game paid 3:2 for blackjack and that the dealer stays on 17. These are great rules for the player. Even better is that the minimum bet is $5. This video blackjack game is one of the best low limits blackjack games you’ll find anywhere in Vegas.
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The High Limits rooms at Downtown Grand have been closed for a couple of weeks for reconfiguring. This isn't a renovation, just some shuffling around. This was probably a good idea as neither room ever appeared busy. Even though the sign still says "888 Baccarat" for now, the room no longer houses baccarat. The 888 Baccarat room is now home to all of the High Limit slot machines and video poker games.
The original High Limit room is now higher limit table games with two mini pits of three tables that form a circle. One half of the six-table pit is baccarat and the other is blackjack. This semi-circle allows players to be more removed from staring at a wall, although that wall is still pretty close. The High Limit room at Downtown Grand is so small -- how small, is it? -- that a wall isn't very far away. In real estate they'd call this "cozy."
Batman Ben Affleck was asked to stop playing blackjack at the Hard Rock last week after reportedly being "too good." The alleged card-counting crime fighter was removed from a blackjack table by security. Card counting isn’t illegal, but it’s frowned upon by casinos. Casinos have the right to disallow anyone from playing their games.