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.

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

casino
tables
edge
decks
cut
min
max
rules
Palazzo90.2661.510010000s17,ds,ls,rsa
Rio60.2661.810010000s17,ds,ls,rsa
SLS20.2661.510010000s17,ds,ls,rsa
Treasure Island30.2661.55010000s17,ds,ls,rsa,nm
Tropicana40.2661.4505000s17,ds,ls,rsa
Venetian30.2661.51005000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Westgate20.2661.5505000s17,ds,ls,rsa
Wynn Las Vegas60.2661.810010000s17,ds,ls,rsa
Encore60.3361.710010000s17,ds,ls
Flamingo30.33621005000s17,ds,ls
Green Valley Ranch20.3361.8505000s17,ds,ls,nm
Paris60.3361.510010000s17,ds,ls
Planet Hollywood60.3361.510010000s17,ds,ls
Red Rock40.3361255000s17,ds,ls
Aria60.4661.55010000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Bellagio40.4661.52510000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Downtown Grand70.466152000h17,ds,ls,rsa
MGM Grand90.4661.5255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Monte Carlo20.4661.6255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
New York New York20.4661.6505000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Rampart20.4662.553000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Texas Station50.4661.551000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Treasure Island160.4661.555000h17,ds,ls,rsa,nm
Wynn Las Vegas70.4661.8505000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Cosmopolitan60.4980.5155000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Mandalay Bay40.4981.82510000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Mirage20.4982255000h17,ds,ls,rsa
New York New York20.4980.5101000h17,ds,ls,rsa
SLS50.4981.8105000h17,ds,ls,rsa
Caesars Palace140.5461.51010000h17,ds,ls
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Key to Survey

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