Just returned from Las Vegas. Stayed at the Aria. It's not cheap, but a really nice place to stay. I walked through the casino Thr night, and had to shake my head. The 6D 6:5 CSM tables were packed. I can understand some people being drawn in with the $10 minimum, but was shocked at the number of folks who were playing strictly green/black at these tables with good $25 games the next table over. I understand a lot of people play strictly recreationally, but this is like paying $2.15 for gas when the station right across the street is selling it at $1.95. I'm more convinced than ever that 6;5 is here to stay and it's only a matter of time before it spreads to the higher limit games.
The good news is I was still able to find a couple $10 3:2 games on the strip, and an excellent $10 pitch game in a nice off-strip resort. And I won 83% of my starting bankroll in only about 5 hours!
As a game designer, I can say that conditions never change unless game protection issues warrant it, and in those terms AP did kill the golden goose. There are no payout changes to craps, Pai Gow Poker, roulette, etc., over the years, only blackjack, and for this reason. The squeaky wheel got the grease.
This is the same as tightening the slot machines or any other change...get the money quicker. The sheep won't notice!
There are no payout changes to craps, Pai Gow Poker, roulette, etc., over the years, only blackjack, and for this reason.