Single Deck Blackjack in Las Vegas

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Single deck blackjack is a poor game in most Las Vegas casinos. Most single deck games in Las Vegas pay 6-5 on blackjack, not the standard 3-2. A game that pays 6-5 should be avoided entirely, regardless of the number of decks. There is only one Las Vegas casino that still offers a few tables of 3-2 single deck, but it is not worth going out of your way to play. Play at other than low levels is not tolerated if your play indicates you have even a basic understanding of blackjack. Playable single deck games can still be found in greater Reno and in Wendover. 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: Double Deck and Shoe games.

Single Deck Blackjack Survey From BJ21

House Edge
Minimum Bet
Maximum Bet
Blackjack Payout
El Cortez60.1810.610200003:02h17,nm,shoe
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– The โ€œtablesโ€ columns show total tables, some of which might have been closed when the reporter visited.
– The โ€œedgeโ€ columns shows the percent advantage the casino has over a basic-strategy player.
– The โ€œcutโ€ columns shows the number of decks yet unseen when the dealer is undecided on whether to shuffle or deal another round.
– The โ€œminโ€ columns shows minimum bets; the actual minimums might be lower on weekdays and higher during the busiest hours.

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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