South Las Vegas Strip Blackjack Survey
The south end of the Las Vegas Strip consists of all casinos from Mandalay Bay up to Aria, MGM Grand and Tropicana. The blackjack on this section of the Strip is among the worst on the Las Vegas Strip for low limit players. Higher limit blackjack players will find some of the best games here. All games listed below hit soft 17 unless otherwise noted.
There are eight casinos in this section. MGM Resorts owns seven. Tropicana is the other. It is operated by Penn Gaming.
The minimum bet noted is our predicted lowest offered at the casino. This pertains to slower hours. Minimum bets may go up, sometimes drastically, during busier hours.
The biggest change on this part of the Las Vegas Strip from last year is that Blackjack Switch is no longer available. MGM Resorts removed it from all its Las Vegas casinos in 2020.
Related: 2021 Las Vegas Blackjack Survey
Best blackjack on South Las Vegas Strip
The best blackjack is found in four high limit salons in this section. The game is double deck that stands on all 17’s. Players may double down before and after splitting. The same casinos have a six-deck blackjack game that stands on all 17’s. These add surrender and re-split aces. The casinos with both games are Aria, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Park MGM. Tropicana deals the six-deck version. The minimum bet is usually $100 for these games but can be $200 or more during busier times.
The pandemic affected table game hours at many casinos, especially high limit salons. If you go to a casino to play a specific game, we recommend making sure that the pits or salon will be open at that time.
Aria hosts five different blackjack games. Eight-deck blackjack and Free Bet Blackjack pay 6:5 and start at $25. It takes $50 to get a 3:2 game. It has double down before and after splitting with surrender and re-split aces. There is a $100 game in high limit with these rules that stands on all 17’s. The other high limit game is stand on all 17 double deck. It typically has a $100 or $200 minimum. Double down before and after splitting is allowed.
There are three blackjack games at Excalibur. This does not include Down Under Blackjack, which left the casino in 2020. Players may choose between two 6:5 games for $10. One is a standard eight-deck. The other is Free Bet Blackjack. The other game is a 3:2 eight-deck for $25. It has double down before and after splitting.
Blackjack starts at $15 at Luxor. There is a traditional 6:5 eight-deck game and 6:5 Free Bet Blackjack. Luxor offers two high limit games that pay 3:2. This starts at $100. One is a double deck with double down before and after splitting. A six-deck game adds surrender and re-split aces. Luxor hits soft 17 at all blackjack tables.
Mandalay Bay has five blackjack games. It takes $15 to play 6:5 games. The options are standard eight-deck and Free Bet Blackjack. A $25 3:2 eight-deck has standard double down rules with surrender and re-split aces. There is a stand on all 17 game with these same rules. There is also a $100 double deck game that stands on all 17’s with double before and after splitting.
The blackjack news out of MGM Grand this year is that all its games in the pits now hit soft 17. Players must head to high limit to get a game that stands on all 17’s. One is a double deck with a $200 minimum bet. It allows double down before and after splitting. A $100 six-deck game adds surrender and re-split aces. A $25 3:2 game on the floor has these rules but hits soft 17. There is also $15 6:5 blackjack and 6:5 Free Bet.
New York-New York
Blackjack starts at $10 at New York-New York. It pays 6:5. The choices are Free Bet Blackjack or a standard eight-deck. A $25 minimum gets a 3:2 eight-deck with double down before and after splitting. This game is $100 for a six-deck in high limit and adds surrender and re-split aces. There is also a $100 3:2 double deck in high limit with double down before and after splitting. All New York-New York blackjack games, including in high limit, hit soft 17.
Park MGM has either $10 6:5 games in the pits or $100 3:2 stand on all 17 games in high limit. There is nothing in between. The $10 6:5 games are eight-deck or Free Bet Blackjack. The $100 3:2 games are double deck with double down before and after splitting. The six-deck adds surrender and re-split aces.
Tropicana requires $15 or $25 for a 3:2 game, depending on the time of day. The options are double deck or six-deck. Both allow double down before and after splitting. The high limit game is a six-deck that stands on all 17’s. This game adds surrender and re-split aces. The other blackjack game pays 6:5. It is either $10 or $15.