Cheap Blackjack tables Vegas
BlackjackClassroom.com gets a lot of questions about where on the Las Vegas Strip you can find blackjack games with good odds and low table minimums. While low minimums might not be a concern for a serious player looking for the best card counting opportunities, I can understand a casual player (non-counter) on a budget valuing this kind of info. So I’ve compiled a short list of Las Vegas blackjack table minimums on the Strip that have decent odds. Vegas casinos tend to offer low table minimums only with terrible player odds, so my goal is to expose where a casual blackjack player can get a decent game with a low house edge.
Warning: Often what seems like a cheap game is actually going to cost you quite a bit. A great example is the 6-deck blackjack at Flamingo. Don’t be fooled by the “cheap” $5 minimums. All 6-deck blackjack on the main floor of Flamingo holds a 2% house edge due to the horrible rules, and that’s assuming you play perfect basic strategy on every hand. So would you rather play $5 per hand at a 2% disadvantage or $25 per hand at a .2% disadvantage? Over time you would lose twice as much money at the $5 game!
Keep in mind I’m only considering casinos on the Strip for this article. Downtown and off the Strip will hopefully be covered another day.
Single Deck – All single deck games on the Strip pay 6:5 on blackjack (a bet gets paid on blackjack instead of the usual ). Avoid these games due to the large house edge. The closest legitimate single deck blackjack would be at Hooters located just behind Tropicana. Although Hooters single deck blackjack will have just a minimum, the house edge is nearly .5% since you can only double on 10 and 11. For all the card counters out there, this game is not a good opportunity because of the weak dealer penetration.
Double Deck (Dealer hits on Soft 17 / Player may double after splitting)
- Circus Circus – $10 table minimum
- Excalibur – $10 table minimum
- All other $5 and $10 double deck on the Strip will have worse rules such as no doubling after splitting.
Double Deck (Dealer stands on Soft 17 / Player may double after splitting)
- Aria – $25 table minimum
- Bellagio – sometimes on a weekday one table will drop to a $25 minimum
- MGM Grand – sometimes on a weekday one table will drop to a $25 minimum
- Mirage – $50 table minimum
- New York, New York (high limit) – $50 table minimum
- Treasure Island (high limit) – $50 table minimum
- Tropicana (high limit) – $50 table minimum
6-Deck (Dealer stands on Soft 17, Double after split, Resplit Aces, Surrender)
- MGM Grand – $10 table minimum
- Bellagio – $25 table minimum
- Tropicana (high limit) – $25 table minimum
- Wynn – $25 table minimum
- All $5 multi-deck games on the Strip will hit on Soft 17.
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