It looks like the best conditions for BJ is Alamo with the 6 card charlie and late surrender (no double after split, double on any two cards, no re-split Aces) (.21%)
But there are a number of single deckers in town where you can double on any two cards (no double after split, no late surrender, no resplit A): Boomtown, Nugget, Rail City, Western Village (.42%)
Next is the same game where you can only double on 9 or more at the Grand Sierra, Sand Regency (.56%)
The Eldorado will only let you double on 10 or more but you can double after splitting. (.58%)
And the other casinos will have the same game when you can double on 10 or more (.70%).
I'm mindful of that recent article wherein the writer drove all the way to this town of Nowheresville, NV for the ultimate "best rules" in blackjack and promptly got banned from the three casinos in town. He treks there, gets banned and treks back plus he writes an article. For me it would have simply been: trek there, get banned, trek back. No article, just a frustrating and wasted trip.
If some place is "9, 10 or 11" and another place is "10 or 11" ... heck, its the confusion that would annoy me more than anything else. Driving out to a linoleum floored truck stop may be okay. Truckers usually eat well and booze is booze. I don't really need no carpet on the floor. Its just that the "real" casinos with "fairly good" rules are okay. They have carpets, they have more waitresses and probably better looking ones, they have buffets, they probably have a few more diversions than some small truck stop with optimal rules. And if luck is really with me sometimes its nice to just be able to stagger next door than trek somewhere to the second best place to play.
Six card charlie? Yeah I like that. Late surrender? Heck, I can never remember the rules for surrender, be it early, late or on-time. The difference between .56 percent and .58 percent is just too negligible. And if one place serves just one more drink than the other place that difference is lost right there. Now if you are going to put a whopping amount of money on the table then maybe that .56 versus .58 stuff matters but table limits probably matter more in that situation.
Yes. Its good to atleast know that some place exists rather than drive right past it and then find out later that it was the best restaurant in town or the best blackjack game in town or had a free concert with a world famous organist or something. You can still drive right by it but atleast you are doing it with an awareness of what is available.Quote: susluss
Agree with your views Fleastiff, but just in case I want to check out the casinos in the Boonies, would like to know what places to stop by for a different experience. Ever get the urge to get off the Strip and go to Downtown LV or Boulder Blvd? Same thing.
Quite frankly, I'd love a non smoking casino but don't expect to find one. I'd prefer a "great ventilation" place to a "gas-mask required" place. And these things probably outweigh the decimal points in house edge calculations, but I would still be interested in the consequences of my choosing lungs over lower house edge. I used to play in one casino where the non-smoking area was large and included the only three craps tables. I was happy. Usually two of the three tables were open and the limits were generally five and ten dollars. And no smoking to boot! I was happy but my companion smokes like a chimney and plays blackjack. The Blackjack was rapid fire blackjack even though the rules were not so bad. So I'd play smoke free low-limit craps for much of the time and then I'd go to the smoke filled blackjack area wherein blackjack was dealt super fast. Its nice when the two separate areas are only one flight of stairs apart. The problem arises when the best blackjack and the low-limit crap tables are at the opposite ends of town and the stiffest drinks are in the middle. Knowledge of what is available is important.
I think Western Village has a pretty good game...