Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
We moved to Las Vegas in 2010. Within a few months, I had a database of all the blackjack games on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. We expanded to larger locals casinos over the years. By 2018, we had every Las Vegas table game in our database from Railroad Pass, to Santa Fe Station, from M Resort up to Aliante Casino.
This experience over the years has helped me create perfect routes for covering areas. That was hampered some this year by the Las Vegas Monorail and two trams being closed due to the pandemic. That created more walking. For example, instead of taking the tram from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay and walking it back, we had to walk both directions this year.
My wife, Kristina Mehaffey, accompanied me on most of the visits for the first time this year. She took pictures for a future Vegas Advantage project and helped me organize and present the data.
How the data is gathered
When I enter a casino, my first thought is what changed from my last visit. This includes if a pit is gone, if one moved, or if there are any new or missing games. This year, I often encountered many missing games.
If I find something, I check it out first. If I do not, I walk around and check out the action without disturbing anyone. Once I have done this, I will find a dealer at an idle table and ask about the blackjack rules. If I hear something new, I will ask a second person.
Some casinos put the rules on the sign. The rules are often uniform throughout an entire company’s Las Vegas portfolio, and I have those memorized.
I repeat this about 80 times during the survey time. Once I have collected the table game data, Kristina enters it into databases. She is a spreadsheet expert, and enjoys playing with all the data. Once she finishes, I write the accompanying content.
Several table game supervisors help make sure our data is accurate at their casino. We also receive updates from players that we investigate. We would like to thank everyone that helps us keep this current and accurate.
This is the first year that we have published the Las Vegas Blackjack Survey on a site we own. It has been a learning experience. Our goal is to make Vegas Advantage the best resource for Las Vegas gambling information. We will move over to other table games like roulette, craps and Pai Gow Poker after the blackjack survey.
This section breaks Las Vegas blackjack games by geographic location. The Strip is in three parts; north, central and south. We also have downtown Las Vegas listings, as well as the locals market broken up into near the Strip and deep in the neighborhoods.
The north part of the Las Vegas Strip runs from Treasure Island and Venetian north to Sahara and Strat. There are several great options for low limit 3:2 blackjack in this area. There are also good high limit games.
The central part of the Las Vegas Strip starts at Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood up to Harrah’s and Mirage. Most of the low limit blackjack in this area is 6:5. However, there are still a couple of $10 and $15 3:2 games in the area. High limit games are among the best in town.
The south end of the Las Vegas Strip includes everything from Mandalay Bay up to Aria on both sides of the road. It takes $25 to get a 3:2 blackjack game in this area at most times. Lower limit games are generally 6:5 ones. Some high limit salons in this area stand on all 17’s, including at double deck blackjack tables.
This section covers the area on and around the Fremont Street Experience. You will find 3:2 blackjack games as low as $5 in this section. There is also a new stand on all 17 blackjack game on Fremont Street. It is at the new Circa casino on the former Las Vegas Club parcel.
This section includes 12 casinos near the Las Vegas Strip but not on it. It goes down to M Resort on Las Vegas Blvd, to Orleans to the west, and Tuscany to the east. There are many great low limit games in this section. Blackjack with a 3:2 payout has a $5 minimum at some of these casinos.
Many locals casinos deal 3:2 blackjack games, sometimes as low as $3. The types of casinos in this list range from small classic locals casinos to major resorts. The gambling at these casinos tends to be better than any other part of the Las Vegas gaming market.
Las Vegas blackjack by number of decks
This section shows where to find a specific blackjack game by the number of decks. It includes single deck blackjack, double deck blackjack and six or eight-deck shoes. We also have a section of blackjack variants dealt in Las Vegas, and another with ones that have left the market in the last decade.