Is Video Blackjack Dead in Las Vegas?


Jan 2014

Ken Tucker | POSTED IN Blackjack | 8 COMMENTS

Video blackjack is a niche game. There are several reasons a player may sit at a video blackjack machine. A video blackjack machine may better than the live version due to better rules. It may offer better comps too. The minimum is usually lower than the live version. Video blackjack also moves faster than a live game and there is no dealer to tip.

While there are plenty of game king machines that only pay even money on blackjack, there are few places to play a video blackjack machine in Las Vegas that pay 3-2 on a natural.

BJ Blitz

It all started with the BJ Blitz machine. These started to arrive in Las Vegas around 2001. The games allowed players to double anything and the dealer stayed on all 17โ€™s. Players won automatically on a six card hand that did not bust. It dealt four decks and shuffled after about 120 cards were dealt, though it could be programmed to reshuffle after every hand. Each machine offered five seats.

The technology on the machine was unable to display change so if a player was dealt a blackjack on an odd bet amount they were shorted $.50 in winnings. The minimum bet on these machines was usually $1. It accepted coins and dropped them when cashing out. Ticket in/Ticket out technology was impossible on these machines. The manufacturer went bankrupt in the mid 2000โ€™s and parts became scarce. The last known machine in Las Vegas was at Luxor. It disappeared around 2006.

Shuffle Master Blackjack

Shuffle Master manufactured a multi player blackjack machine that used the Bet the Set and Royal Match side bets. It featured scantily clad women as dealers on a large TV screen. There were two versions of this game. One was a six deck game that allowed players to double everything, double down after the split and surrender. There was also a Six-Card Charlie. The dealer hit soft 17. Blackjack pays 3-2. The minimum bet is usually $1, though it was as high as $5 in some places. The game reshuffled after dealing 200 cards, but did not disclose when the shuffle was. There was also a single deck game with the same rules except the dealer stayed on all 17โ€™s. That game reshuffled after every hand.

These machines have virtually vanished from Las Vegas. There are still two located at Slots A Fun, which is adjacent to Circus Circus. It does not accept a players card. Tropicana installed one in August 2013 that pays points and comps on play. This machine has been removed from Binions, Las Vegas Club, Luxor, LVH and Riviera in the past year.

Dealers Angel 21

Dealerโ€™s Angel is manufactured by Aruze Gaming. It allows players to double anything, double after the split, split up to four hands and surrender. The dealer stays on all 17โ€™s. A natural blackjack that does not push is paid 3-2, just as it would be at a standard table.

These machines may still be found at Circus Circus, MGM, Monte Carlo, Venetian and Stratosphere. Goldstrike in Jean, which is about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, also offers one Dealerโ€™s Angel machine. They have recently been removed from Riviera.

Good Video Blackjack Down to Six Las Vegas Strip Casinos

The Las Vegas Strip has shed most of its video blackjack machines. Only Circus Circus, MGM, Monte Carlo, Venetian, Slots A Fun, Stratosphere and Tropicana still offer it on the Las Vegas Strip. It is also gone from every downtown Las Vegas casino. While the Tropicana machine is the only one to play points, some do offer comps similar to table games. Video blackjack was once one of the best plays in Las Vegas but those days are over.

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8 Responses to Is Video Blackjack Dead in Las Vegas?

  1. ANIBAL says:

    I went to Vegas last month and I saw a Dealers Angel Blackjack at El Cortez. Do you know the rules for this machine there? Thanks!

  2. tony says:

    id really appreciate anyones help in finding a dealers angels VBJ machine in other states outside NV, and also, a lot of the above info is now out of date. stratosphere certainly dont have this machine, and they do give comps at slots of fun–just not points or cashback. comp rate is 50c on every $100 bet. they do NOT have dealers angels anymore–just shufflemaster. Palazzo gives comps, but the comp rate sucks awful. but id gladly pay to know the location of dealers angels in other states.

  3. VegasVet says:

    Whomever wrote this article clearly didn’t do his research, but he’s spouting misinformation as if it’s carved in stone.

    Video blackjack is alive and well in downtown Vegas. I bailed on the strip for Fremont in early 2012 to avoid the construction and enjoy the better gaming.

    I’ve been playing a LOT of bar-top video blackjack at Boyd properties. My most recent visit was March 2014 and I had a great run on 25 cent video blackjack at the Fremont.

    The California also has a great “Let It Ride” variant which allows you to endlessly let your winning bet ride, far beyond the normal 10 credit limit.

    Before you write an article like this, at least do your research and know what the F you’re talking about.

    • Jeremy says:

      That is good info VegasVet, if only you werenโ€™t so rude in the way you communicated it. Surely you must realise that things change over time.

      • VegasVet says:

        The presence of good video blackjack in downtown Las Vegas casinos (and at almost every off-strip casino that I’ve checked) isn’t something that’s “changed over time”. It’s been a constant presence there for many, many years.

        I’ve been visiting Fremont for the better gaming long before I started staying there 2 years ago, and I’ve always found video blackjack quite easily. Yet the author, who wrote this article 5 months ago, claims that it’s nowhere to be found. Has he even walked into a downtown casino and looked for himself??? If so, how could he make such an egregiously false statement?

        Some people depend on articles like this for reliable information. When an author simply makes up phony facts, it’s a disservice to anyone who takes his content to heart.

        • HackedLife says:

          The author prefaces this list with the following:

          “While there are plenty of game king machines that only pay even money on blackjack, there are few places to play a video blackjack machine in Las Vegas that pay 3-2 on a natural.”

          The author provided a list of BJ machines that pay 3-2. Those 25 cent machines you reference only pay even money for Blackjacks, and are very restrictive when it comes to what you can double and split. That is not so say those machines don’t have any value. I play them myself when my bankroll is running low and I just want to goof around.

  4. Jason says:

    Curious if anyone has an updated listing? I’m looking to find a BJ machine that offers a high wager limit. Such as 1-100 credits, etc. Thanks

    • tony says:

      Jason, im an expert in this matter on where to find VBJ machines all over NV and also info involving the shuffle point and which ones pay over 100% with comps cashback, extra point days, etc. id like to trade that info in exchange for learning about good VBJ games in other states outside of NV.

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