Blackjack Shoe in Las Vegas

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Six-deck and eight-deck (“multiple deck”) blackjack is offered at most Las Vegas casinos. The minimum bet can be as low as $5 or $10, maximum of thousands at higher-end casinos, mostly on the Strip. The rules vary from one casino to another, or even from table to table within the same casino.

The best multiple-deck blackjack games are the six-deck games offered at many casinos where the dealer stands on soft 17. Most of these games have a low 0.26% house edge against a basic strategy player. They are usually available at $25 minimum or higher and are listed at the top of the chart below.

There are numerous casinos offering multiple-deck blackjack at which the dealer hits soft 17, a disadvantage for the player. They are also listed in the chart below.

There are also casinos that 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. The 6-5 games and other “carnival games” such as blackjack dealt from a Continuous Shuffling Machine, Blackjack Switch, Freebet, Zappit, and others should be avoided because of the large house edge, and we do not even consider them to be genuine blackjack, we do not list them in the survey below.

We also offer blackjack surveys for Las Vegas for Single Deck and Double Deck.

Shoe Blackjack Survey From BJ21

Aria40.2661.550010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Bellagio60.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Caesars Palace60.2661.520010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Cosmopolitan60.2661.520010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Encore50.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
M Resort20.2661.6503000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nms, pv
Mandalay Bay10.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
MGM Grand40.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Mirage40.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Mohegan Sun (I)40.2661.51005000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nm
Palace Station20.2661.51005000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Palazzo50.2661.520015000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Palms (I)20.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Paris20.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Park MGM30.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nm
Planet Hollywood30.2661.310010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Red Rock40.266110010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Resorts World110.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Sahara10.2661.2503000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Strat20.2661.2502000s17, ls, ds, rsa, notch
Treasure Island30.2661.2505000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Venetian20.2661.510015000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Wynn Las Vegas50.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Cromwell20.3361.510010000s17, ds, ls
Flamingo10.33615010000s17, ds, ls, pv
Green Valley Ranch20.3361.810010000s17, ds, ls, nm, notch
Harrah\'s20.3361.35010000s17, ds, ls
Circa40.4161.510010000s17, ds
Aria40.466110010000h17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Bellagio80.4661.55010000h17, ds, ls, rsa
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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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