Central Las Vegas Strip Blackjack Survey
This article covers blackjack on the Las Vegas Strip from Aria and Planet Hollywood north to Mirage and Harrah’s. The minimum bet for a 3:2 blackjack game in this part of the Strip usually takes $25, even during slower hours. There are three exceptions where games start as low as $10.
All casinos in this area have a high limit room except Bally’s and Linq. The one at Bally’s has not reopened since the pandemic closure. Assume that a game hits soft 17 unless otherwise noted.
Related: 2021 Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
Bally’s is down to four blackjack games with the removal of its high limit tables. The usual minimum bet for a game is $15, though we have seen both the 3:2 and 6:5 tables at $10 since the June reopening. Those games are 6:5 Free Bet and both 3:2 and 6:5 eight-deck. The eight-deck game has double down before and after a split and surrender. A $25 double deck game pays 3:2 but does not allow double down after splitting.
Bellagio downgraded the stand on all 17 pit by the craps tables in 2020. Players must go to high limit to find these tables now.
There are $10 6:5 eight-deck and Free Bet Blackjack tables near the front desk and past the craps tables. The former stand on all 17 tables are now hit soft 17. Those 3:2 games start at $25. Players may double down before and after splitting, as well as surrender and split aces into four hands. A $100 game uses these rules and stands on all 17’s. There is a double deck blackjack game that stands on all 17’s. Double down before and after splitting is permitted.
There was a big change in the 6:5 games at Caesars Palace. Those tables now allow double down on any two cards, as opposed to only on 10 and 11 and not after splitting before. That game starts at $15, as does 6:5 Free Bet Blackjack. Players will likely find $25 3:2 blackjack with double down and surrender under the dome.
There are two blackjack games in the Caesars Palace high limit. The double deck allows double down before and after splitting. That game hits soft 17. A six-deck game has the same double down rules with surrender and re-split aces.
Note the differences in the Caesars Palace high limit salon and other properties within the same company. The double down after splitting in the double deck and re-split aces in the six-deck are unique to Caesars Palace. No other Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas does either at any similar table.
Blackjack starts at $15 at Cosmopolitan. That is a 6:5 double deck game. An eight-deck version is $25 and typically open during busier hours. For $25, there is eight-deck 3:2 blackjack. It has standard double down rules with surrender and re-split aces. A $100 version of this game is in high limit. It stands on all 17’s.
Cromwell offers a great value for blackjack in this part of the Las Vegas Strip. There is $10 3:2 blackjack. It uses eight decks and has double down before and after splitting with surrender. There is also $10 6:5 Free Bet Blackjack. Some $10 or $15 6:5 tables open in the back when it is busy.
Double deck blackjack starts at $15. It allows double down before but not after splitting. The high limit game is $100. It uses six decks, stands on all 17’s, and offers double down before and after splitting and surrender.
Blackjack starts at $15 at Flamingo. That gets you 6:5 Free Bet and standard 6:5 eight-deck games. The 3:2 games require at least $25. The options are double deck with double down before spitting only and eight-deck with double down before and after splitting with surrender. The high limit game is $100. It has six decks with surrender and normal double down rules.
Margaritaville is a part of Flamingo. All its blackjack tables pay 6:5. There is $10 eight-deck and $15 Free Bet Blackjack.
The blackjack at Harrah’s is identical to Flamingo. The 6:5 games are typically $15, 3:2 is $25 with $100 stand on 17 six-deck blackjack in high limit.
Linq deals $10 6:5 Free Bet and eight-deck blackjack. For $25, players get 3:2 games. It is a choice between the standard Caesars double deck with no double down after splitting and eight-deck with double down before and after splitting and surrender. There are no high limit tables at Linq.
O’Sheas is a part of Linq. It has $15 6:5 Free Bet and 6:5 eight-deck blackjack.
Mirage is only open Thursday through Sunday until further notice. It has $10 6:5 games. The options are Free Bet and eight-deck. Those tables are by the cage. The 3:2 tables are in front of the high limit area. Those shoes start at $25 and permit double down before and after splitting with re-split aces.
The Mirage high limit salon has two $100 games that stand on all 17’s. One is double deck with double down before and after splitting. The six-deck game adds surrender and re-split aces.
Paris has $10 or $15 3:2 tables most hours of the day. Those games deal eight decks and have double down before and after splitting with surrender. On busier nights, there will be some 6:5 tables with the same limits. Free Bet Blackjack pays 6:5 and starts at $15. Double deck starts at $25 and only allows double down before splitting.
There is a $100 stand on all 17 high limit game at Paris. It uses six decks. Players may double down before and after splitting. Surrender is available.
There are two $10 games at Planet Hollywood. One is Quick Pay 21. The other is an eight-deck game. For $25, there is 3:2 eight-deck with double down before and after splitting plus surrender.
The high limit salon offers two $100 blackjack games. The double deck allows double down before but not after splitting. It hits soft 17. The six-deck game stands on all 17’s. It has standard double down rules and surrender.