Best Blackjack in Vegas 2012
Things change often in Las Vegas. New restaurants and night clubs open and close seemingly every weekend. You know the saying “out with the old and in with the new”. What tends to go unnoticed is how often table game odds improve and decline. As a professional blackjack player I’m disappointed when a quality blackjack game is changed or removed. One the other hand, I’m excited when a casino improves their blackjack odds, essentially giving me a pay raise. Last year I loved M Resort, as they had a high limit double deck game with the dealer standing on soft 17 and players could re-split aces. Unfortunately things have changed at M Resort with new ownership, so now all their double deck hits on soft 17.
So who wins the trophy for the best blackjack odds in Vegas this year?
Best Blackjack Odds in Vegas
At the time of this writing, Tropicana’s high limit double deck offers the best blackjack odds in Las Vegas for 2012. Like M Resort last year, they’re dealing a rare combination of the dealer standing on soft 17 while allowing players to re-split aces. There are other casinos in Vegas with double deck that stands on soft 17, but none allow re-splitting aces on the same game. This combination puts the house edge well below one-fifth of a percent.
This game is dealt on the high limit table closest to the entrance of the new high limit room. I’ve seen this table deal a 6-deck game sometimes as well. From my experience, if the table is empty and they’re currently offering 6-deck, they will switch to double deck if you request it. The table minimum is usually $50 and there is rarely more than one other player at the table.
Note: I’m only considering a basic strategy player’s odds here. I’m not taking into account table conditions that are important for card counting such as dealer penetration.
Honorable Mention for 2012
A double deck game that stands on soft 17 but doesn’t allow re-splitting aces is still an excellent game. It would have roughly half the house edge that a hit on soft 17 game would have. So where can you find some of these double deck opportunities? Try Aria, Bellagio, NY NY high limit, Monte Carlo high limit, Treasure Island high limit, MGM, Mirage, Mandalay Bay high limit, Luxor high limit… am I missing anything? If you know of any other “stand on soft 17” double deck games in Vegas and would like to share, please do so in the comments below. Thanks!