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Blackjack question

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Blackjack question

In April my wife and I are headed to Las Vegas and staying at Flamingo.

I would like to give blackjack another try (had a terrible experience with it back in '02). I have reviewed lots of websites and have a basic strategy down. All of the websites recommend 3:2 blackjack over 6:5. Based on a lot of posts on TA it sounds like casinos are switching to 6:5.

Where can I still find 3:2 tables with table minimums $25 or less?

What casinos on the strip do you recommend for blackjack?

Also, wanted to thank everyone for their help and posts. This site is excellent for any LV travel preparation.

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1. Re: Blackjack question

You shouldn't need websites to tell you that 3:2 is better than 6:5. A grasp of basic math should be enough!

You'll still find lots of 3:2 blackjack and no problem whatsoever finding $25 (or less) 3:2 games. What you will struggle to find are single deck 3:2 games.

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For the most part, avoid the Harrah's group casinos for blackjack, their rules vary from not so good to downright awful.

You'll find good rules at $25 at MGM, Mirage and Mandalay Bay, and probably less during the day.

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The Flamingo will have table mins lower than $25. So will Paris, Bally's, Harrah's ... heck in the middle of the week even the Bellagio and Venetian will have $15 tables.

It's great that you are doing some research. 6:5 is certainly a rip off.

Tell us more about your "bad experience" playing blackjack. Was it just that you lost a wad of cash or was there more to it?

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4. Re: Blackjack question

I am pretty sure Harrah's is all 6:5 and some tables at Bally's. I don't recall seeing as much if any 6:5 at the MGM/Mirage properties.

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5. Re: Blackjack question

soooooooo, uhhh, yeah.

whats the difference between 3:2 and 6:5? i thought blackjack was the same everwhere

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6. Re: Blackjack question

Tropicana has 3:2 and minimums of $5.

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I was fresh out of college and naive enough to think I was going to bankrupt the casinos with my meager bankroll and hardened liver.

One of my friends and I set up shop at Rio and then found a seat at a $3 blackjack table at Gold Coast. Over the course of an hour and a half I proceed to lose $300 (a princely sum for any 22 year old) and near the end of the session the dealer begins to warn passer by's not to sit next to me because I have the worst luck in the casino, a la Shawn Wallace in Vegas Vacation.

I'm sure his intent was to cheer me up by providing a good natured ribbing but when you've lost about 50% of your bankroll 1 hour into your vacation it wasn't helping.

I excused myself and then gave craps a try which I quickly fell in love with.

I should have listened to my father who before my flight imparted the wisdom that "they don't build those casinos on the backs of winners".

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8. Re: Blackjack question

3:2 and 6:5 simply refer to the payout when the player is dealt a blackjack.

3:2 pays 3 dollars for every 2 you bet and 6:5 pays 6 dollars for every 5 you bet.

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iheratcle...3:2 and 6:5 blackjack refers to the payout rate for getting a blackjack or Ace/Ten. 3:2 is a more favorable rate for the player $7.5 return for every $5 bet as opposed to $6 for every $5 bet in 6:5

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10. Re: Blackjack question

To give a practical example, blackjack for a $50 bet would pay $75 in a 3:2 game but only $60 in a 6:5 game.

6:5 blackjack is the game of the devil..... :-(