Casino Blackjack Best Bets

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Bellagio – Nice 2 deck game / big action
Boulder Station – Lots of double deckers with DAS
Casino Royale – Nice for hit and run
Continental -Nice nickel double-decker
Fitzgerald’s – Decent game
Four Queens – Decent double decker
Golden Gate – Novice dealers, low stakes
Golden Nugget – Lots of double deckers
Harrah’s – OK 6-deck shoe / not like it used to be
Flamingo Hilton – Good double deckers
Horseshoe – Worth a pass through
Imperial Palace – All games worth a look
MGM – Lots of tables, easy to table hop
Mirage – Decent double decker
O’Sheas – Better penetration
Rio – Now S17, DAS rules.
Slots A Fun – Nice S17 Single Deck
Stratosphere – Good rules
Texas Station – Double deckers with good rules
Treasure Island – Good rule double deckers
Tropicana – Nice 8 decker
Best places to play poker in Las Vegas are the Bellagio, Mirage, and Binion’s Horseshoe.

Flamingo Hilton  – Good double decker and Over/Under at 6-deck!
Riverside – Still best 1-deck in town!

Best places to play low stakes poker in Laughlin are the Hilton and Riverside

Atlantis – Nice Single Deck
Bonanza – Single deck – Low stakes
Caesars & Harrah’s – Best shoes on the lake
Carson Valley Inn – Great rules!  Single deck!
Crystal Bay Club – Best 1-deck on the lake
Fitzergeralds – Improved Pen. at 1-deck
Flamingo Hilton – Good 2-deck in Reno
Nevada Club – A fun place
Peppermill – All 1-deck good rules
Sundowner – Just act stupid

Best place to play poker in Reno is currently at the Cal Neva

Oasis (Mesquite, NV) – Good double deck


Claridge – Some goods cuts & LS
Resorts – Best game in town

Best place to play poker in Atlantic City is the Trump Taj Mahal

Copa (Gulfport, MS) – Single deck w/ S17,Ls,Pk
Horseshoe (Tunica, MS & Shreveport, LS) – Many games are nice!
Fitzgeralds (Tunica, MS) – Best game in area?
Star (Lake Charles, LS) – Nice penetration
Rainbow – (Vicksburg, MS) – Good penetration is possible.

Best place to play poker in Biloxi/Gulfport is at the Beau Rivage and the Grand Casinos.

Empress Casino (Joliet, IL) – Good pen. – Good rules
Majestic Star (Gary, IN) – Reports are nice!
Turtle Creek (Traverse City, MI) – Simple shuffle w/center plug
Soaring Eagle (Mt. Pleasant, MI) – Simple shuffle w/no plugAnd, for you low rollers:
Otto’s & Rohling Inn (Blackhawk, CO) – 6-deckers w/DAS and ES – $5 Max bets and cash back player’s club at Rohling Inn


Czech Republic – Report of Early Surrender vs 10


No Internet based casinos are recommended  However, check out Bill Haywood’s book called BeatWebCasino.Com: The Shrewd Player’s Guide to Internet Gambling.  His basic winning approach is not to beat the casino but to beat the marketing department.


The above casinos were rated as best bets because they meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Blackjack rules are good to excellent
  • Penetration is good to excellent
  • Casino is very tolerant of card counters.
  • Conditions are good to excellent for other advanced tactics

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