Single Deck Blackjack in Las Vegas

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Single deck blackjack is a poor game in most Las Vegas casinos. Most single deck games in Las Vegas pay 6-5 on blackjack, not the standard 3-2. A game that pays 6-5 should be avoided entirely, regardless of the number of decks. There are a handful of casinos that still offer a table or two of 3-2 single deck, but those places are not worth going out of your way to play. None tolerate play at other than low levels. Playable single deck games can still be found in greater Reno and in Wendover. Because the 6-5 games should be avoided and we do not even consider them to be genuine blackjack, we do not list them in the survey below.

Las Vegas Blackjack Surveys: Double Deck, Shoe and Video Blackjack games.

Single Deck Blackjack Survey From BJ21

Casino
Tables
House Edge
Decks
Cut
Minimum Bet
Maximum Bet
Blackjack Payout
Rules
El Cortez110.1810.55100003:02h17,shoe
Four Queens10.4410.525100003:02h17,d10,nm,sc
Hooters10.4410.5550003:02h17,d10,nm
Silverton10.4410.75100003:02h17,d10
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Notes:
– The “tables” columns show total tables, some of which might have been closed when the reporter visited.
– The “edge” columns shows the percent advantage the casino has over a basic-strategy player.
– The “cut” columns shows the number of decks yet unseen when the dealer is undecided on whether to shuffle or deal another round.
– The “min” columns shows minimum bets; the actual minimums might be lower on weekdays and higher during the busiest hours.

Key to Survey

Key to Rules
Survey Columns
Key to Rules Column-
dsDouble down after splitting.
d8Double down only on two-card eight or more, including soft totals.
d9Double down only on two-card nine or more.
d10Double down only on two-card ten or more.
d11Double down only on two-card eleven.
h17Dealer hits soft seventeen.
(I)The casino is owned by Indians who might hide behind their sovereignty. If you have a problem in an (I) casino, you will have no practical legal recourse.
lsLate surrender.
minMid-entry restricted to table minimum.
nmNo mid-game entry.
nmmNo mid-game entry and no mid-game spreading to multiple hands.
nmoNo mid-game entry on request.
nmsMid-game: no sitting out hands, and if you drop from two hands to one you cannot go back to two hands.
pkDealer looks at the index of the hole card under a 10.
rsaResplit aces.
scCard used to determine shuffle point on one or two decks.
shoeCards dealt from a shoe. Used only for single and double deck, which more commonly are dealt without a shoe.
s17Dealer stands on soft seventeen.
tokeDealers keep their own tips ("tokes") instead of mandatory pooling of tips with other dealers.
1spotPlayers allowed to bet only one spot.
3:2BJs pay 3:2. This is also the default if no BJ payout is listed.
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