Card Counting at Cosmo – Are You Wasting Your Time?
There are plenty of card counting opportunities in Las Vegas where you can work the tables and make great money without a problem. I’ve spent the last decade making a living at blackjack, so I certainly know what you can get away with at various places. I’m not going to post the names of my favorites spots here, but there are plenty of them in Vegas (details provided in training). Then there are the handful of casinos that act as if you’re stealing from their mother if you have any skill at all. I’m talking about you Cosmo!
Counting Cards at Cosmo
The purpose of this article is to serve as a warning to the card counting world: Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas is not tolerating card counters what-so-ever. In fact, I don’t know of a more uptight casino when it comes to advantage play. I’ve personally trained a lot of professional blackjack players and many of them keep in close contact with me. If there’s one consistent story I hear from nearly all skilled players, it’s that the Cosmo quickly asked them to leave and never come back. Sometimes it took less than 30 minutes of play to receive the “tap on the shoulder” at Cosmo. My players have rarely had problems elsewhere, so consider yourself warned… Cosmo isn’t the place for skilled players.
Cosmo Blackjack Rules
Losing the Cosmopolitan as a solid venue shouldn’t worry you too much. They recently changed all of their blackjack tables to hitting on Soft 17 anyways. I used to play the high limit double deck that would stand on Soft 17, but that game is now hitting. Just that one rule change essentially doubles the house edge on the high limit double deck. Sorry Cosmo, but with a $200 table minimum I have to have the best rules. I realize Cosmo has some amazing hotel suites, and believe me, I loved staying there. Still I think I can handle staying in suites at Bellagio and Wynn without a big drop-off in my standard of living.
The Future of Cosmopolitan Blackjack
I hear that Cosmo is looking to sell the casino. Does this mean we might find different conditions under new ownership? Maybe, and maybe not. I suggest waiting to hear the casino has been sold and then give it a little time before you test the waters. If they want to keep their high limit customers I suspect they will change the high limit games back to standing on Soft 17 at some point. Too many big players want it and can get it next door at Bellagio. I’ll try to post back here if and when I see any changes.