I'ts been awhile since I last posted on here. I had the "Brand New Counter - $40,000 bankroll - What should be my bet spread and at what table minimum?" - thread. I got a lot of great advice from other members here, which I thank once again.
So, I'm starting to play blackjack again after about a 6 month break. I am planning a trip out to vegas to explore the games out there. (No good for me at A.C. any longer - after all in the same 2 week period, got 2 comp accounts frozen, and over half the casino's are mid shoe shuffling on me, placing my own table limit signs on the felt (management decision), and cutting the shoes at 50%.
I will be doing my own research on games out there, but thought somebody might point me in the right direction, or suggest some good games, with good rules on the green chip level, double decks and 6 decks preferred.
Oh, and rent a car and buy one copy of current blackjack news, both will be worth the investment if you're serious.
Yeah, you've mostly got all the info you need already...
1) Consult the Wizards Blackjack Survey... understanding it may be a little out of date on some places (but last I visited it was 'mostly' accurate).
2) Rent a car.
3) The strip quarter games should be 'okay' for you... Bellagio and MGM have good games (MGM is sweaty). At the quarter level you should be able to find playable games on the strip.
4) Off the strip... pick a direction. East is Sam's town / cannery / etc... South-East is Green Valley Ranch area... North West is Stations Casinos... etc, etc. I'd pick one of those off site locations and go hit 3-4 places per shift, then hit another location. None of them are more than 20 mins or so from the strip.
5) Downtown has some 'okay' and 'playable' games, but they're a little sweaty (at least in my opinion). Of course you could go get backed off at El Cortez the moment you spread more than 1-2 in a positive count.
6) Double check every table on the strip that it's NOT a 6:5 table.
Edit - DJTeddyBear made an interactive google maps site and linked it a long time ago. It had all of the casinos on and around the strip. I used this to plan out my route last trip. I can't find the link, but hopefully he'll see this and re-post it? Or you could just PM him.
If you plan on going to Vegas a lot, play unrated and keep your sessions per casino under an hour or two (although you won't get much heat with a $25 unit depending on your spread). If you're only going to go a few times a year, you can probably get away with playing for comped hotels/food with a card for a while.
Do most games in Vegas place betting restrictions if you play unrated like casino's in Atlantic City do? (example: can only play one spot and bet 10X the table minimum.) That wouldn't be good for me, since I alway's play 2 spots, and have a 1-30 spread
Do most games in Vegas place betting restrictions if you play unrated like casino's in Atlantic City do? (example: can only play one spot and bet 10X the table minimum.)
None of them do that
Quite a few casinos will only allow you to move to a maximum of three spots and put lower limits on bets if you spread beyond one spot.
Many times to play two spots you need to be playing 2x table minimum on both spots, and for three spots its 5x on each circle. It varies by casino, some have no restrictions at all.