Miriam
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April 21st, 2015 at 10:29:02 AM permalink
Advanced appreciation for any advice you have for me. I've been playing basic blackjack strategy for a long time (mostly local to Chicago and almost always 6 deck).

I'm off to Vegas next month, and unlike other visits, I want to be more mindful of where I play. $25 minimum is the max minimum that I can play (and hope to survive a 4 day trip) and plan to only play at casinos with the lowest house edge. I've reviewed the blackjack survey - here is my list.

1) Ballys, MGM, TI, Mirage (6 deck, House Edge: .29, $25 minimum)
2) El Cortez (study up on 1 deck play, House Edge: .2)

Questions for this group
A) We'll be in Vegas during the week - are there any casinos in Vegas that have a house edge of <.3 that lower their minimums in the morning or during the workweek?
B) El Cortez - is the above true? I've read that these odds may not be correct (when you click into El Cortez on blackjack survey)
C) Are you aware of any changes to the Blackjack survey (it was updated in January) or have any other recommendations for me.

Thanks and post trip I'll be sure to update this group on anything new that I've learned re Casino blackjack rules.
Miriam
Ibeatyouraces
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April 21st, 2015 at 10:39:02 AM permalink
El Cortez is .19% and usually $5.
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Romes
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April 21st, 2015 at 10:46:19 AM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

El Cortez is .19% and usually $5.


When I was there near the end of last year this was still accurate. They had both single and double deck for $5 with great rules.

$25 on the strip 'should' get you some S17 games with decent house edges. You've correctly identified a few of the one's I would have suggested on the strip. If you go off strip I'm sure for $25 min you can certainly find other good rules. There's a few places over near Sam's town (cannery, longhorn, etc). There's the green valley ranch area (south east)... Palace Stations are said to have good games for $5 and $10. In fact, pretty much pick a direction (north, south, east, west) and there's places to play that should have good rules for $25 min since they're off strip.
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ahiromu
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April 21st, 2015 at 1:05:36 PM permalink
The $25 strip game exists and is not restricted to the off hours. I have played it at Bally's and MGM mid-day weekends (Sat & Sun). Basically, you can depend on finding this game when you want to play it.

MGM is the best place to go if you want to play it with other people since it's on the main floor, I rarely saw anyone else playing it at Bally's or Monte Carlo. Never seen the game at Mirage or TI (I haven't looked there).

For 12 hours of blackjack I would want 100-125 units, minimum, without doing the math.
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RedJack
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April 21st, 2015 at 2:26:51 PM permalink
The Survey is NOWHERE NEAR accurate by any stretch of imagination. The demise of legitimate 3:2 games on the Strip (and the rest of the world, guaranteed) has been taking place by the day, if not the hour. Check out this thread, which I started to be dedicated to finding the few remaining 3:2 games before they run out.

http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/blackjack/21281-are-there-really-little-to-no-low-roller-3-2-blackjack-left-on-the-strip/

I'd be EXTREMELY surprised when I visit Vegas at some point in 2016 or 2017 if I could see a single 3:2 game on the Strip under $50.
MaxPen
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April 21st, 2015 at 5:19:19 PM permalink
There's a six deck game at the Longhorn. 2 minimum 100 maximum. Will even allow double on 3 cards. You have to be able to tolerate alot though due to environmental hazards.
Venthus
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April 21st, 2015 at 8:36:18 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

There's a six deck game at the Longhorn. 2 minimum 100 maximum. Will even allow double on 3 cards. You have to be able to tolerate alot though due to environmental hazards.



I believe it's one of the best shoe games in LV, actually. Which is interesting, since I had one of my worst runs ever there; down 20 units flat betting in less than a shuffle.
Avincow
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April 21st, 2015 at 9:45:17 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

There's a six deck game at the Longhorn. 2 minimum 100 maximum. Will even allow double on 3 cards. You have to be able to tolerate alot though due to environmental hazards.



I've been meaning to visit this place. What do you mean by 'environmental hazards' lol?
Miriam
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April 23rd, 2015 at 1:43:35 PM permalink
Thanks for all of your advice.

I just came across Stanford Wong's Current Blackjack News - a newsletter coming out every month with up to date house edge reports. Do you have any experience with this? Is it accurate? It's $17 for a single issue. Thanks
Venthus
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April 23rd, 2015 at 2:51:02 PM permalink
Quote: Avincow

I've been meaning to visit this place. What do you mean by 'environmental hazards' lol?



Well, I had two different people ask me for change on my way through the parking lot... which is like the size of an McD lot. I just (truthfully) said I got my kicked today and (less truthfully) didn't have much left. One of them basically laughed and agreed.

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