Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
We moved to Las Vegas in 2010. Within a few months, I had built 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, and from M Resort all the way north to Aliante Casino.
This experience over the years has helped me create perfect routes for covering areas, though that was hampered some this year by the Las Vegas Monorail and two trams being closed due to the pandemic. It created more walking. For example, instead of taking the tram from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay and walking back, my wife Kristina and I had to walk both directions this year.
Kristina 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 our data is gathered
When I enter a casino, my first thought is to identify what has changed from my last visit. This includes if a pit game is gone, if one moved, or if there are any new or missing games. This year, I often discovered many missing games.
If I find something of note, I check it out first. If I don’t, 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, which can change over time. If I hear about something new, I will ask a second person.
Some casinos put the rules on signs on or near the tables. The rules are often uniform throughout an entire company’s Las Vegas casino portfolio.
I repeat the process for each casino visit, or about 80 times during each survey of the Las Vegas blackjack market. Once I have collected the table-game data, Kristina enters it into our databases. She is a spreadsheet expert, and enjoys working with and presenting 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, and we look into changes whenever we receive word about something new. 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 ourselves. It has been a learning experience. Our ultimate goal is to make Vegas Advantage the best resource for Las Vegas gambling information. We will add additional table games including roulette, craps and Pai Gow Poker, after the blackjack survey is fully maintained.
Las Vegas blackjack by neighborhood
This section breaks down Las Vegas’s blackjack games by geographic location. The Strip itself is broken into three parts: north, central and south. We also have downtown Las Vegas listings, as well as the locals market blackjack offerings, which are gathered into their own sections.
The north part of the Las Vegas Strip runs from Treasure Island and Venetian north to Sahara and Strat (the Stratosphere). 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 and runs 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 in this area are among the best that Las Vegas offers.
The south end of the Las Vegas Strip includes everything from Mandalay Bay up to Aria on both sides of the Strip. It takes $25/hand to sit in 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, at the new Circa casino on the former Las Vegas Club parcel.
This section includes 12 casinos that are near the Las Vegas Strip but not on it. These casinos include the M Resort on far-south Las Vegas Blvd, to Orleans west of the Strip 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 in terms of odds and payouts for players than in 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 in the game. This includes single-deck blackjack, double-deck blackjack and six- or eight-deck shoes. We also have a section listing all blackjack variants dealt in Las Vegas, and another one with blackjack variants that have left the market in the last decade.
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Last updated: April 4, 2021