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

Downtown Grand30.4661151000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Red Rock40.266110010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Suncoast10.6361151000h17, ds
Cosmopolitan30.4981255000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Flamingo10.33615010000s17, ds, ls, pv
Excalibur10.6361501000h17, ds
Palms (I)90.4661153000h17, ds, ls, rsa
New York New York40.4661255000h117, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Red Rock20.5461153000h17, ds, ls, notch
Santa Fe Station20.5461101000h17, ds, ls, pv
Mirage40.4661255000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Ellis Island70.566110500h17, ds, rsa
Luxor10.5661255000h17, ds, rsa, nm, shoe
Aria40.466110010000h17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Strat20.2661.2502000s17, ls, ds, rsa, notch
OYO70.6361.210500h17, ds
Strat40.4661.2101000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Treasure Island30.2661.2505000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Aliante20.6361.215500h17, ds
Sahara10.2661.2503000s17, ds, ls, rsa
M Resort40.5661.2153000h17, ds, rsa, pv
Sahara10.4981.2252000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Harrah\'s20.3361.35010000s17, ds, ls
Planet Hollywood30.2661.310010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Green Valley Ranch70.6361.4101000h17, ds
Mandalay Bay10.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Resorts World110.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Mohegan Sun (I)110.4661.5151000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Bellagio80.4661.55010000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Park MGM30.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nm
Bellagio60.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Paris20.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Palms (I)20.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Palazzo50.2661.520015000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Caesars Palace60.2661.520010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Cosmopolitan60.2661.520010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
Encore50.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Mohegan Sun (I)40.2661.51005000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nm
Mirage40.2661.510010000s17, ds, ls, rsa
MGM Grand40.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Venetian20.2661.510015000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Palace Station20.2661.51005000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Silverton30.5661.5101000h17, ds, rsa, pv
Wynn Las Vegas50.2661.530010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Golden Nugget30.5461.5505000h17, ds, ls, nm, notch
Caesars Palace70.5461.5505000h17, ds, ls, pv
Westgate10.5661.5252000h17, ds, rsa
Cromwell20.3361.510010000s17, ds, ls
Park MGM40.4981.5255000h17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Rio10.4761.5100010000s17, ls, rsa, nm, pv
Wynn Las Vegas120.4661.510010000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Treasure Island20.4661.5152000h17, ds, ls, rsa
D Las Vegas80.6681.5152500h17, ds, pv
Circa40.4161.510010000s17, ds
Skyline20.6361.55100h17, ds
Aria40.2661.550010000s17, ds, ls, rsa, pv
Poker Palace50.6361.5350h17, ds, pv
Mandalay Bay60.4661.5255000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Encore90.4661.55010000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
MGM Grand60.4661.55010000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
M Resort20.2661.6503000s17, ds, ls, rsa, nms, pv
South Point60.6361.651000h17, ds, pv
D Las Vegas30.6361.6505000h17, ds, pv
Green Valley Ranch20.3361.810010000s17, ds, ls, nm, notch
Bally\'s40.4981.8505000h17,ds, ls, rsa
Rampart20.4661.8101000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Planet Hollywood60.5681.8255000h17, ds, ls
Venetian20.49825015000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Arizona Charlie\'s Decatur10.636210500h17, ds, nm, pv
Golden Gate20.6362502500h17, ds
Railroad Pass20.636210250h17, ds, pv
Circa120.6682155000h17, ds
Golden Gate130.6682152500h17, ds
Plaza50.6362102000h17, ds
Palazzo20.49825015000h17, ds, ls, rsa, notch
Treasure Island10.4982152000h17, ds, ls, rsa
Sunset Station30.5462103000h17, ds, ls
Westgate20.56621005000h17, ds, rsa
The Pass40.636310250h17, ds
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Key to Survey

Key to Rules
Survey Columns
nmoNo mid-game entry on request.
pvPenetration varies by dealer.
notchPenetration is set by notch.
3:2BJs pay 3:2. This is also the default if no BJ payout is listed.
1spotPlayers allowed to bet only one spot.
tokeDealers keep their own tips ("tokes") instead of mandatory pooling of tips with other dealers.
s17Dealer stands on soft seventeen.
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.
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.
Key to Rules Column-
nmmNo mid-game entry and no mid-game spreading to multiple hands.
nmNo mid-game entry.
minMid-entry restricted to table minimum.
lsLate surrender.
(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.
h17Dealer hits soft seventeen.
d11Double down only on two-card eleven.
d10Double down only on two-card ten or more.
d9Double down only on two-card nine or more.
d8Double down only on two-card eight or more, including soft totals.
dsDouble down after splitting.
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