Monte Carlo Poker Room Closure

Just received this email from the Monte Carlo Poker Room:

Michael,

In the early morning hours of April 25th, 2017, the Monte Carlo Poker Room will be closing its doors.  We thank you very much for your patronage and it was our privilege to serve you over the last 20 years. 

Effective April 1st, 2017, we will permanently discontinue all promotional rakes and payouts.  The promotional pool will be redistributed via a High Hand promotion starting on April 3rd, 2017 through April 12th, 2017.

All comps may still be redeemed at the Monte Carlo Poker Room through April 23th, 2017.  After that, all comp redemptions will be completed at the Monte Carlo M life® Rewards Desk through December 31st, 2017. The expiration date of all comps will continue to follow the normal comp policy. However, after December 31st, 2017, all unused comps will expire regardless of the expiration date.

Our sister properties at Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Mirage and Excalibur will welcome you with open arms and be happy to continue the service that you have experienced here over the years.  We thank you very much and bid you a fond farewell.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 702.730.7780

Sincerely,

The Monte Carlo Poker Room


Looks like it is a sign of the times.  This poker room was very small and only catered to low limit players.

Blackjack in Montana ???

Bill would legalize blackjack in Montana, tax tables

FREDDY MONARES, University of Montana School of Journalism Published 4:33 p.m. MT March 15, 2017

HELENA — Rep. Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale, said generating revenue for the state can be as simple as counting to 21, meaning, playing blackjack.  House Bill 578 would legalize the card game, for both tabletop and video play.  The bill also allocates a $500 tax on each blackjack table to the state’s Department of Justice and a state special revenue account — $100 going to the DOJ, and $400 to the account.  … CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

Some history of gambling in Montana can be found at the Montana Department of Justice site.  From their site:

The Montana Legislature has authorized limited legal gambling in Montana. Poker, keno, bingo, and video line gambling machines are legal with a maximum $2 bet and $800 payout. Legal live games include: raffles, bingo, keno, panguingue, poker and shake-a-day. Sports pools, fantasy sports leagues and sports tab games are also legal. These are non-banking games in which players bet against and settle with each other rather than betting against and settling with the house.

The legal age for gambling in Montana is 18, with the exception of raffles conducted by churches, schools, charitable and nonprofit organizations. Children under 18 years old may participate in these.  LINK

Ten Fun Ways to Look Like an Idiot*

Ten Fun Ways to Look Like an Idiot*
* Or avoiding blackjack protocol at all costs!
by Michael Dalton
(Originally published in the Summer 1996 issue of Blackjack Review)

  1. Before you sit down at any table be sure to introduce yourself and shake the dealer’s hand. If you need chips, always hand the dealer the money directly.  Never place money directly on the table… someone might steal it!

  2. Be sure to have a cup full of slot tokens in your lap and preferably on the table. They are great for tipping and when you pile them up in your betting circle you will feel like a high roller.
  1. Always pick up your cards with two hands. You don’t want to drop them do you?
  1. Tell the dealer you would like to take insurance when he “doesn’t” have an Ace up. Oh, let’s say, with an 8 up, for example.
  1. When playing your hand, always signal your wishes verbally instead of using that silly scratching technique.
  1. In a face down game, don’t tell anyone if you get a blackjack. Just keep it a secret until the dealer flips it over… for all to enjoy!
  1. When doubling down, just slap your chips on top of your main bet. It’s so much more fun doing it this way and it adds a bit of excitement to the game.  When security comes just tell them you heard about it in Blackjack Review.. they’ll understand!
  1. In a face down game when the count is negative… and you have busted your hand, just keep asking for cards until you get 31. Just tell them you thought this was Chinese blackjack.
  1. Every now and then bet less than the table minimum. This keeps the dealer and pit on their toes and tells them you are someone to be reckoned with!
  1. If another player makes a mistake… any mistake, ask the dealer for your money back!