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Blackjack should be an option, or is it a given that everyone must play blackjack?
Since the title is what other games you play besides Blackjack, I think everyone responding here plays blackjack and the choices are for their alternative game of choice, although I'd like to see multiple options here as well..
I play the following games, with reasons attached:
Jacks or Better/Bonus Poker: Prefer 9/6 (8/5BP), but will take 9/5 or 8/6 (7/5BP). I stick to playing at Caesars properties, as I'm a Diamond member, and the points add up much faster than on Table Games. I usually break even, or earn a bunch of points before losing my initial bankroll. This year, I hit a royal at .50 so I'm up on the year.
Spanish 21: It's more fun that BJ, and with proper strategy (where they S17) it has a lower house edge in most cases. Even though it's better to play with more (because of the 7s bonus) I prefer to play alone since the strategy gets others mad at me.
Craps: I go on spurts with this. Lately, I've been playing it, since I can't seem to win at anything else. I've had a couple good sessions, although the bad ones have added up too. Before July, I may have played this twice in the prior year.
Mississippi Stud: I'm actually enjoying this game, but I treat it like a slot machine: if it hits, I get up and run, and if I blow my bankroll, then I'm done. The variance is simply too high to play as a regular game, but I enjoy the entertainment value, and 30 minutes racks up some credits.
Live Poker: This is the game I SHOULD stick to, as my hourly take is right around $1, long-term. I love Omaha, and am pretty good at it. I don't give myself enough credit for my Hold Em skills... I'm no pro at either of them, but I have the appropriate skills to make most 8-hour sessions profitable. I do NOT play tournaments unless they are paid for (i.e. voucher)
S&H Green Stamps (slot): I only play slots when I have Free Play that can't be used on VP. This year, I hit $1200 on a coupon, so I'm up regardless. As a result, I do play one slot machine with my own money when I can find it: Green Stamps. I love the song they sing, it makes me smile, so I play it. I try to do this only at Caesars to rack up credits. I don't play to win, I play to have fun.
Ultimate Texas Holdem: I like this game; a lot, actually. I haven't played it in a while, but I could play that game all day if I had all the money in the world.
Pai Gow Poker: Also a fun game, although this one has been killing me lately. I like to play two hands if I can't bank, so that may make the bankroll drain faster. Otherwise, it goes too slow for me.
Pai Gow Tiles: I'm finally getting to the point where I know how to set everything, and this makes it so much more fun. The money lasts longer (usually), although you don't get jack in comps/credits for playing it. That's okay, though; that's why I get VP play in.
I only play games where a player edge exists, either by card counting or a hole card game. Occasionally a little VP, but the one I play has a return of 100.1% payback with cashback. You will NEVER see me play slots, roulette, or craps.
At one time, roulette enabled the player to get the highest edge of all. To this day, highly skill experts can still occasionally gain a high edge on certain wheels that makes the edge available at certain card games appear quite puny. (This should not be confused with a roulette system, since the gaming device is being exploited, rather than the game.)
The 'wheel watchers' in Europe back during the 70s and 80s were winning more than the card counters in Europe were during the same period. George Melas, chief wheel design engineer at TCS Huxley , admits that the 'wheel watchers' have forced manufactures to redesign the wheels.
Most of my time is spent at my favorite game which I'm playing with a 78% edge!
"Your job" doesn't fit the spirit of the question, I think, though 22% aggregate tax rate sounds about right...
I am not really a fan of EZ Pai Gow, but I will still play it if a regular table isnít available. Iíd rather pay a commission than push a good hand on Queen High Pai Gow