Blackjack in Reno

December 14th, 2010 at 7:05:49 PM permalink
WinningWays
Member since: Mar 4, 2010
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Just wondering what conditions are like in Reno for a Blackjack advantage player? Is it worth my while visiting for an upcoming trip or are conditions a lot better in Vegas (where I have visited numerous times) I only play 6/8 deck shoe games (no single/double deck). Do the casinos in Reno use 100% shoe games or are the dreaded CSM's in play? How is the heat/penetration factor? Are the casinos all close to each other? Is there a monthly update anywhere with current conditions like there is for Vegas? Should I visit Reno or give it a miss?
December 14th, 2010 at 7:38:20 PM permalink
focd
Member since: Sep 15, 2010
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They let you double down at any time when playing at the Silver Legacy (6 shoe?). I thought that's an advantage. On a side/unrelated note, I do not like craps at this one place (no name). I felt nervous (rushed).
December 14th, 2010 at 8:00:48 PM permalink
darrenfromindy
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The multi-deck shoe game is typically better in Las vegas than Reno IMHO. As mentioned, Silver Legacy has or had a decent shoe game. Reno is known for single or double-deck blackjack with "Reno Rules" that restrict doubling to 10 and 11 (or 9, 10 and 11). Occasionally, you'll find a really good single-deck game without doubling restrictions.
December 14th, 2010 at 10:47:39 PM permalink
mkl654321
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Reno REALLY sweats the money. The good news is that there are several casinos within easy walking distance of each other (downtown); the bad news is that conditions are usually lousy. There are a lot of shoe games with Reno rules and lousy penetration. You might do better at Atlantis or Peppermill.

I would plan a trip for the summer (June/July is best), so you can check out the playing conditions, it won't be 100+ degrees like it would be in Vegas then, and you can drive up to Lake Tahoe when you get tired of the tables (and you can check out the BJ games there too).
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December 14th, 2010 at 11:35:59 PM permalink
focd
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Quote: darrenfromindy
The multi-deck shoe game is typically better in Las vegas than Reno IMHO.

Why is this true? If they let you double at any time, wouldn't that be better than Vegas rules? I don't recall Vegas offering that in a multishoe game.
Quote: darrenfromindy
Reno is known for single or double-deck blackjack with "Reno Rules" that restrict doubling to 10 and 11 (or 9, 10 and 11). Occasionally, you'll find a really good single-deck game without doubling restrictions.

I agree that their rules are lousy/weird. If you're the type who isn't keeping track of the cards, then you are basically ripping yourself off if you're playing those double deck games with all these restrictions. I think you can't double down after splitting. So that might change the strategy. I think I was like what the?!?! after I split 3's against a 7. If there's no doubling down after splits, I feel it's a rip off if you're not keeping track of what's going on.
December 15th, 2010 at 8:09:21 AM permalink
Ibeatyouraces
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