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.
Single Deck Blackjack Survey From BJ21
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– The “tables” columns show total tables, some of which might have been closed when the reporter visited.
– The “edge” columns shows the percent advantage the casino has over a basic-strategy player.
– The “cut” columns shows the number of decks yet unseen when the dealer is undecided on whether to shuffle or deal another round.
– The “min” columns shows minimum bets; the actual minimums might be lower on weekdays and higher during the busiest hours.
Key to Survey
Key to Rules
|nmo||No mid-game entry on request.|
|pv||Penetration varies by dealer.|
|notch||Penetration is set by notch.|
|3:2||BJs pay 3:2. This is also the default if no BJ payout is listed.|
|1spot||Players allowed to bet only one spot.|
|toke||Dealers keep their own tips ("tokes") instead of mandatory pooling of tips with other dealers.|
|s17||Dealer stands on soft seventeen.|
|shoe||Cards dealt from a shoe. Used only for single and double deck, which more commonly are dealt without a shoe.|
|sc||Card used to determine shuffle point on one or two decks.|
|pk||Dealer looks at the index of the hole card under a 10.|
|nms||Mid-game: no sitting out hands, and if you drop from two hands to one you cannot go back to two hands.|
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|nmm||No mid-game entry and no mid-game spreading to multiple hands.|
|nm||No mid-game entry.|
|min||Mid-entry restricted to table minimum.|
|(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.|
|h17||Dealer hits soft seventeen.|
|d11||Double down only on two-card eleven.|
|d10||Double down only on two-card ten or more.|
|d9||Double down only on two-card nine or more.|
|d8||Double down only on two-card eight or more, including soft totals.|
|ds||Double down after splitting.|
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