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 casino for double deck blackjack as of this writing is the M Resort, which offers a few games with a miniscule 0.14% house advantage against a basic strategy player, because of the rule mandating that the dealer stands on soft 17. Other excellent games are at MGM Grand, Mirage, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and Aria, all of which also offer double deck with the rule mandating that the dealer stands on soft 17. However, to get this good rule, the minimum bet is $50 or more. Treasure Island also offers this game at only $25 minimum, but strongly discourages and often bars play by anyone who understands how to play blackjack correctly and bets more than very low stakes.

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

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Tropicana10.5661.4255000h17,ds,rsa
Mandalay Bay40.4981.82510000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Bellagio40.4661.52510000h17,ds,ls,rsa
MGM Grand90.4661.5255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Monte Carlo20.4661.6255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Mirage20.4982255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Palazzo10.5465.7152500h17,ds,ls,csm
Cosmopolitan60.4980.5155000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Stratosphere20.5661.2101000h17,ds,rsa
Excalibur10.6680.5101000h17,ds
Planet Hollywood160.5681.8103000h17,ds,ls
Linq40.5681.5103000h17,ds,ls
New York New York20.4980.5101000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Caesars Palace140.5461.51010000h17,ds,ls
Palms30.5661.2101000h17,ds,rsa
Westgate30.6361.5105000h17,ds
SLS50.4981.8105000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Rio50.6361.3105000h17,ds
M Resort140.5661.4103000h17,ds,rsa
Skyline30.6361.55100h17,ds
South Point100.6361.651000h17,ds
Suncoast20.636251000h17,ds
Silver Nugget.20.6361.85100h17,ds
Santa Fe Station20.6361.551000h17,ds
California20.7661.55200h17
Ellis Island30.6681.55300h17,ds
Golden Gate120.668255000h17,ds
Planet Hollywood20.6365.752000h17,ds,csm
Fremont50.766252500h17
Treasure Island160.4661.555000h17,ds,ls,rsa,nm
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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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