Downtown Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
There are 12 casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Only 11 are currently open, however, as Main Street Station remains closed due to the pandemic.
The dynamics of downtown Las Vegas have changed drastically since last year. Circa opened its casino on October 28, 2020. This gave downtown Las Vegas its first stand-on-all-17 blackjack game in at least 10 years. All other downtown Las Vegas blackjack games, outside Circa’s high-limit salon, hit on soft 17.
Circa is located on the former Las Vegas Club block. It is sports-themed, carrying on the property’s tradition. Circa’s sportsbook is the largest in the world.
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Best downtown Las Vegas blackjack game
El Cortez once again wins the award for the best downtown blackjack game in terms of its rules. Its single-deck game allows players to double down on any two cards. The dealer hits soft 17, and blackjack pays 3:2. This game has a house edge around 0.3%.
The single-deck blackjack game at El Cortez is best played with a consistent bet size. Large spreads are unwelcome due to the game’s vulnerability to counting, though you often will not get through enough of the deck for that to matter.
Worst downtown Las Vegas blackjack
There is a game called Bonus Spin Blackjack that we think all players should avoid, unless you are inclined to make luck-based side bets. This game requires the player to wager $1 on a side bet that puts the house edge around 4%. A normal 3:2 blackjack six-deck shoe game has a house edge around 0.6%. Binion’s, Four Queens, Golden Nugget and Fremont deal this version of Bonus Spin Blackjack. It made our worst Las Vegas blackjack list.
Downtown Las Vegas Blackjack by Casino
The blackjack in downtown Las Vegas is generally favorable when compared to the Strip and slightly worse than the locals market. There are 11 currently-open casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Of those, nine offer a 3:2 blackjack game. The cheapest of these is found at Downtown Grand, where there is a $5 six-deck game with doubling down available both before and after splitting. Surrendering and re-splitting aces are also available. Plaza has a $10 3:2 blackjack game without the options to surrender or re-split aces.
There are seven other downtown Las Vegas casinos that deal 3:2 games. The minimum is $10 or $15 at most, except for Golden Nugget and Circa, where it can be either $15 or $25. Binion’s and Four Queens do not deal any traditional 3:2 blackjack games.
Binion’s offers the same mix of 6:5 and 3:2 Bonus Spin Blackjack with a forced side bet that Four Queens does. Both casinos are owned by the same company. The minimum bet is $10.
The California specializes in 3:2 double deck blackjack. The minimum bet is $15. Players may only double down before splitting; it is not permitted after a split. It has a 6:5 table-shoe game but we have not seen it open lately.
Circa brought five different blackjack games to downtown Las Vegas. The main game on the floor has a minimum bet of $15 or $25, and it uses eight decks. Players may double down before or after splitting. There is also 3:2 Free Bet Blackjack and 6:5 single-deck blackjack on the Circa casino floor.
The high-limit salon has two games. The double-deck game allows doubling down both before and after splitting, and the dealer hits on soft 17. The six-deck game stands on all 17’s with the same rules otherwise. The double-deck game is usually $50 or $100 minimum, while the six-deck game is $100 or $200.
There are three types of blackjack games at Downtown Grand. A $1 game pays even money. For $5, players can get a six-deck game with the option to double down before and after splitting, surrender, and re-split aces that pays 3:2. The double-deck game is $25 with doubling down before and after splitting. Downtown Grand’s blackjack tables are only open Thursday through Saturday.
There are three different blackjack games at El Cortez. The most popular is its great 3:2 single-deck. A double-down is available before but not after splitting. The double-deck game adds in the option to double down after splitting. There is also a six-deck game with the same rules as the double-deck. All have a $10 minimum bet.
The last traditional 3:2 blackjack game vanished from Four Queens, as its double-deck table is no longer on the floor. All remaining games here use eight decks. Of these, Blackjack Switch is the best option. The other Four Queens blackjack tables either pay 6:5 or 3:2 with a catch. This includes a 3:2 Bonus Spin Poker table that requires a $1 side bet. The other games are 3:2 Lucky Cat Blackjack, 3:2 Double Up, and 6:5 traditional blackjack. The minimum bet is $5 at all tables.
All blackjack at Fremont has a $10 minimum bet. The best game is 3:2 double-deck, thought this game does not allow doubling down after splitting. There is also single-deck Super Fun 21, 6:5 Bonus Spin, 6:5 single-deck, and 6:5 six-deck.
There are four types of blackjack games at Golden Gate, and all pay 3:2 on a blackjack. The eight-deck blackjack tables on the floor have a $10 minimum bet. Free Bet Blackjack has a $15 minimum. The six-deck game in high-limit has a $25 or $50 minimum bet. The double-deck game, also in high-limit, is typically $50. Both of these games allow a double-down, both before and after splitting.
Golden Nugget has the largest selection of blackjack games in downtown Las Vegas, where there are eight different offerings. The $10 games are all 6:5, though one of these has very bad rules. Single- and eight-deck Super Fun 21, 6:5 single deck, 6:5 eight-deck and 6:5 Bonus Spin are all available. That last game requires a $1 side bet every hand, and is our bad-rules game from the player’s perspective.
It typically requires $25 to get a 3:2 blackjack game at Golden Nugget. This game allows doubling down before and after splitting, plus the surrender option.
The Golden Nugget’s $100 six-deck game offers doubling down before and after splitting, surrender, and re-splitting aces. There is a $100 double deck game with double down before and after splitting. All blackjack at Golden Nugget hits soft 17.
Plaza deals four different forms of blackjack. The six-deck game starts at $10. It allows a double-down both before and after splitting. A $25 double-deck table has the same rules. There is also $15 3:2 Free Bet Blackjack and $10 Most Liberal 21. That last game is owned by Plaza. It is like Super Fun 21 but with fewer player-friendly rules.
Players have five different blackjack options at The D. The eight-deck tables allow a double-down both before and after splitting, and the minimum is $10. Free Bet Blackjack is offered for $15. The high-limit room has two- and six-deck blackjack. The minimum is $100 for six-deck and $200 for double-deck. All of these games pay 3:2.
Last updated: June 26, 2021