Downtown Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
There are 12 casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Only 11 are currently open. 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 hit 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.
Related: 2021 Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
Best downtown Las Vegas blackjack game
El Cortez once again wins the award for the best downtown blackjack game in terms of rules. Its single deck game allows players to double down on any two cards. The dealer hits soft 17. 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 bet $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 open casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Of those, nine deal a 3:2 blackjack game. The cheapest is found at Downtown Grand. There is a $5 six-deck game with double down before and after splitting. Surrender and re-split aces are also available. Plaza has an occasional $5 3:2 blackjack game without surrender and re-split aces. It is often $10 though.
There are seven other downtown Las Vegas casinos that deal 3:2 games. The minimum is $10 or $15 at most. Golden Nugget and Circa can be either $15 or $25. Binion’s and Four Queens do not deal any traditional 3:2 blackjack games.
The last traditional 3:2 blackjack game vanished from Four Queens. The double deck table is no longer on the floor. All remaining games use eight decks. 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.
Binion’s offers the same mix of blackjack games that Four Queens does except that there is no Lucky Cat Blackjack. Both casinos are owned by the same company. The minimum bet is $5.
California specializes in 3:2 double deck blackjack. The minimum bet is $10. 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. 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 double down before and after splitting. It hits soft 17. The six-deck game stands on all 17’s with the same rules. The double deck is usually $50 or $100. 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 double down before and after splitting, surrender and re-split aces that pays 3:2. The double deck game is $25 with double down before and after splitting. Downtown Grand 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. Double down is available before but not after splitting. The double deck game adds double down after splitting. There is a six-deck game with the same rules as the double deck. All have a $10 minimum bet.
All blackjack at Fremont has a $10 minimum bet. The best game is 3:2 double deck. It does not allow double 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. 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 is typically $50. Both allow double down before and after splitting.
Golden Nugget has the largest selection of blackjack games in downtown Las Vegas. There are eight different offerings. The $10 games are all 6:5. One has very bad rules. One 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.
It typically requires $25 to get a 3:2 blackjack game at Golden Nugget. This game offers double down before and after splitting with surrender. The double deck game is also $25. Players may only double down before splitting, not after it. The $100 six-deck game offers double down before and after splitting, surrender and re-split aces.
Plaza deals four different forms of blackjack. The six-deck game is $5 or $10. It allows double down 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 with fewer good rules.
Players have five different blackjack options at The D. The eight-deck tables allow double down before and after splitting. The minimum is $10. Free Bet Blackjack is offered for $25. 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. There is also double deck Super Fun 21 for $15.