Fool’s Paradise: The 4 Worst Casinos to Play Blackjack in Vegas

Picture this situation: you have mastered your Blackjack skills with the amazing tables at Slots of Vegas and you plan a gambling vacation to Las Vegas to put your good knowledge to use. You get there and everything is just like you imagined it: The drinks are tasty, the food is scrumptious and the eye candy cannot be overlooked!

You are floating on a cloud until you get to a Blackjack table and blow your chip stash in less than 30 minutes! You are left dumbfounded and wonder where all your skill went. The truth is amigo; it is not your hard learned skill the one to blame for your Blackjack disillusion, but the unfair odds some casinos in Vegas offer in their 21 tables.

Now, there are many places in Sin City that have player friendly odds at Blackjack, for example, the Bellagio and a number of other ones. However, at the Strip, we also find some of the vilest Blackjack tables in all the country. And we won’t stand for that! As you know, we take pride in offering fair play for all of our players in Slots of Vegas; hence, we don’t want you to get duped into a bad deal! That is why we have listed these appalling tables here to help you avoid them like the plague and make the most of your Vegas holiday!

Caesar’s Palace

Although this famous landmark is famous for offering low house advantage on its $100-$200 Blackjack tables, no everyone has that kind of cash to play every hand. For the regular Joe that just wants to go and have a nice time playing some 21, Caesars is less than promising. To begin with, the table minimum is $15and the player cannot forfeit.

Actually, players have many limitations since it is impossible for them to use Blackjack strategies like doubling down after splitting and re-splitting aces. Even if it is a 3-2 Blackjack game, the house edge in is game is a staggering .78%, which almost assures you will lose to the house on a constant basis.


In 2005, Harrah’s was one of the first casinos to change the payouts of its blackjack tables from 3-2 to 6-5. At the beginning, bettors were drawn to them because they presented a low-stake way of playing for a long time without running out of cash. But what does the 6-5 payout actually entails? Well, in plain words, it means a huge impact on your winnings. For example, if you bet $20 and you win, you would only receive $24 back, whereas, on a 3-2 table, you would get $30. This kind of payout raises the house edge to almost 2%, making it impossible for regular gamblers to actually go to these casinos with any intention of making a profit.

The Riviera

Although the Riviera does have a 3-2 payout on Blackjack, it does not present a significant advantage for the player because of their table minimums. Their $10 minimum tables are six deck tables. With that many decks, any card counting strategy is virtually impossible, which increases the house edge to 0.64% (the standard edge is .5%). That in itself obliterates any advantage that the 3-2 payout gives since the player will lose much more often. Plus, the players are forbidden from yielding and re-splitting aces.

The Flamingo

With its variety of 3-2 and 6-5 tables, the Flamingo might seem like a good choice to find a decent Blackjack table. However, the casino has modified its rules to make sure the house always wins regardless of the payout. With an edge of 1.45, the 6-5 games triple the standard house edge. Thanks, but no thanks.

Plus, their $10 minimum tables for the 3-2 games are dealt from 8 decks and they do not allow re-splitting aces, which makes the house edge 0.57 percent. The only player friendly games are their $100 tables, but the regular player does not have the cash flow required to get in that action.

So, the next time you go to Vegas, use this knowledge to find the tables that better suit you and really milk your Vegas experience. As general rules go, keep your distance from the 6-5 games and games that deal from many decks. Also, do not forget to play Blackjack at Slots of Vegas so you can add some finesse to your playing style!

Jeff D. Wilhoite

Jeff Wilhoite is a California based writer, but most of all, he is a dedicated casino player. With years of experience, he is the man to go when looking for spot on advice when it comes to casino games.