Maybe this question has been asked in a poll before, and if so, I'm sorry. What do you all think, do you think eventually blackjack will simply be an amalgamation of terrible games that are only played by the uneducated and the desperate? My optimism says no, but my cynicism says yes.
If you judge blackjack games only by what AP maneuver you can get away with for some illicit cold hard cash, then yes, blackjack will be nothing but lousy offerings for those seeking "bad game protection games" to play.
It seems like our ideas about what a "good" blackjack game is differ significantly... However, I should say that the wide variety of blackjack variants is appreciated! They come with their own opportunities.
Yes, I do indeed, precisely because I was told by casino managers and executives that it alleviates card counting issues and losses in particular.
If the people who run casinos install 6:5 blackjack precisely to reduce/alleviate card counting issues, I have no reason not to believe them.
There's simply no reason to have 6:5 on a table along with CSMs as a deterrent to counting.
I could maybe understand your argument (maybe) if this were an isolated occurrence, but it's not. I saw it at 4 of the 5 strip casinos I visited last week, and have seen it often on previous trips over the last couple years. I do not doubt what you say you're hearing from these folks, and I suspect many of them in fact believe it. But again, I think they're starting to believe their own BS.
Don't get me wrong, the casinos have every right to do what they do, and if people accept the change (which they appear to be doing in droves) so be it. There are legitimate reasons to look for increased revenue. Just don't try to tell me this is all about stopping those hoards of nefarious card counters.
I'd actually have a little respect for a casino that says "You know what, we want to offer $5 - $10 BJ games, but simply can't justify it based on our costs. So we introduced 6:5 to make the numbers work and provide a game for our recreational gamblers." That, I believe, is closer to reality.
I think the Strip Vegas BJ market is going to feel the pain as there are so many local/regional markets that gambler's will start to frequent more often to play BJ. Sure they will still go to Vegas, but they will go there for all the other attractions, play craps & PGP as alternatives.
Hopefully it will be primarily contained to the strip and SD games, though I have my doubts. Time will tell . . .