I would plan a trip for the summer (June/July is best), so you can check out the playing conditions, it won't be 100+ degrees like it would be in Vegas then, and you can drive up to Lake Tahoe when you get tired of the tables (and you can check out the BJ games there too).
The multi-deck shoe game is typically better in Las vegas than Reno IMHO.
Why is this true? If they let you double at any time, wouldn't that be better than Vegas rules? I don't recall Vegas offering that in a multishoe game.
Reno is known for single or double-deck blackjack with "Reno Rules" that restrict doubling to 10 and 11 (or 9, 10 and 11). Occasionally, you'll find a really good single-deck game without doubling restrictions.
I agree that their rules are lousy/weird. If you're the type who isn't keeping track of the cards, then you are basically ripping yourself off if you're playing those double deck games with all these restrictions. I think you can't double down after splitting. So that might change the strategy. I think I was like what the?!?! after I split 3's against a 7. If there's no doubling down after splits, I feel it's a rip off if you're not keeping track of what's going on.