Double Deck Blackjack in Las Vegas

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Double deck blackjack is the best game offered at most Las Vegas casinos. The minimum bet on the Strip is often $25 or more. The rules can vary from one casino to another, or even from table to table within the same casino.

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The best casinos for double-deck blackjack as of this writing is the reopened Palms Casino, which offers two tables with a miniscule 0.14% house advantage against a basic strategy player, because of the rule mandating that the dealer stands on soft 17. The minimum is usually $100, and goes upward from there. All the best double-deck blackjack in Las Vegas is now at least $100 minimum except for Treasure Island, which still sometimes offers it at $50 minimum. However, Treasure Island strongly discourages and often bars play by anyone who understands how to play blackjack correctly and bets more than relatively low stakes. For lower-stakes players, games are located in many casinos, listed below in order of house edge, best game first.

There are numerous casinos offering double deck blackjack at which the dealer hits soft 17, a disadvantage for the player. They are listed in the chart below.
There are also casinos which seek to take severe advantage of the unknowing patron, by short-paying blackjacks at 6-5 instead of the normal 3-2. A game that pays 6-5 should be avoided entirely, regardless of the number of decks. 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: Single Deck and Shoe games.

Double Deck Blackjack Survey From BJ21

El Cortez60.4020.7102000h17, ds, shoe
Encore30.4020.510010000h17, ds, nm, sc, notch
Gold Coast90.4020.9152000h17, ds, sc, pv
Golden Gate10.4020.71002500h17, ds, shoe
Golden Nugget30.4020.5505000h17, ds, nm, sc, notch
Green Valley Ranch70.4020.51010000h17, ds, nm, shoe, notch
Jerry\'s Nugget20.4020.95300h17, ds, nm, sc, shoe, pv
Luxor20.4020.61005000h17, ds, nm, shoe
M Resort50.4020.8153000h17, ds, nms, sc, pv
Main Street Station20.4020.95500h17, ds, pv
Mohegan Sun (I)20.4020.9255000h17, ds, nm
New York New York20.4020.71005000h17, ds, shoe
Orleans20.4020.8252000h17, ds, nm, sc, pv
Orleans190.4020.8101000h17, ds, sc, pv
Palace Station70.4020.5155000h17, ds, nm, sc, pv
Palazzo30.4020.85010000h17, ds, sc
Palms (I)30.4020.5153000h17, ds, shoe
Plaza20.4021.0252000h17, ds, nm
Rampart110.4020.7102000h17, ds, nm, sc, notch
Rampart110.4020.7102000h17, ds, nm, sc, notch
Red Rock130.420.51510000h17, ds, sc, notch
Resorts World10.4020.720010000h17, ds, shoe, thru host only
Sahara10.420.8503000h17, ds
Sams Town90.4020.9102000h17, ds, shoe, pv
Santa Fe Station120.4020.5101000h17, ds, shoe, notch
South Point260.4020.8102000h17, ds, sc, pv
Strat10.4020.5252000h17, ds, nm, sc, notch
Suncoast110.4020.5102000h17, ds, sc
Sunset Station90.4020.5103000h17, ds, nmm, shoe
Treasure Island40.4020.8152000h17, ds, nm, shoe
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Key to Survey

Key to Rules
Survey Columns
notchPenetration is set by notch.
pvPenetration varies by dealer.
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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