Blackjack is the most popular game in Las Vegas casinos. There are more blackjack tables in Las Vegas casinos than any other game. Unfortunately, the game isn’t what it used to be. There was a time when all casinos offered blackjack with the same or similar rules. That changed as corporations started to take over operations of Las Vegas casinos.
The appeal of blackjack used to be that playing the game with the perfect basic strategy would minimize the house edge for the casino to almost nothing. In fact, card counters that used perfect strategy and smart betting techniques could turn the advantage in their favor. It’s still possible to find a great blackjack game but they aren’t easy to locate.
Blackjack games today come in all shapes and sizes. There are different variations of the game in just about all casinos. The same casinos could have blackjack games that look normal but have rules that are far from normal.
It’s almost impossible to find a good blackjack game on the Vegas Strip nowadays for under $50 or $100 per hand. These high limits games are out of the price range of most people visiting Las Vegas. The blackjack games with the smallest house edge are often found away from the Vegas Strip. Of course, the majority of people visiting Las Vegas never leave the Strip.
Caesars Palace is a good example of the variety of blackjack games on the Vegas Strip. They have 28 blackjack tables with a minimum bet under $25 that have rules that give the casino a huge 2.34% house edge. They also have 11 blackjack tables with a minimum bet under $25 that only have a 0.57% house edge. They offer even more variations of blackjack and high limits games.
The games below $25 can be confusing for some gamblers. Always look at the rules before sitting down to play. The first thing to look for is if the game pays 3:2 when a player is dealt a natural blackjack. The other option is 6:5 on blackjack. Over time that single rule more than triples the house edge for a casino.
Anything can happen in a single session of blackjack. Playing the game with the lower house edge allows you to gamble longer over time. The more you play the greater the possibility that you hit a hot streak and win a few more hands than you lose. Yes, it’s possible to have more fun at the table and increase your chance of walking away from the table a winner.
Have no fear! The internet is a wonderful thing and there are wonderful people sharing great information. This blackjack survey from earlier this year has rules and the house edge for just about every blackjack game in Las Vegas. It’s a wonderful resource that is worth a bookmark.
I scoured all the information to find the best affordable blackjack games on the Vegas Strip. This scaled down list doesn’t have variations of blackjack like Free Bet Blackjack. There’s no video blackjack games included either. We’re keeping the list old school and just looking at the best traditional blackjack games with a minimum bet under $25.
We’re sharing the casino and the house edge of the best blackjack games available. You can find the full set of rules for each game here.
Bally’s: House edge – 0.57%
Caesars Palace: House edge – 0.57%
Circus Circus: House edge – 0.46%
The Cromwell: House edge – 0.55% and 0.60%
Excalibur: House edge – 0.65%
Flamingo: House edge – 0.57%
Harrah’s: House edge – 0.55%
Paris: House edge – 0.57%
Planet Hollywood: House edge – 0.57%
NewYork-NewYork: House edge – 0.48%
SLS: House edge – 0.48%
Stratosphere: House edge – 0.64%
Treasure Island: House edge – 0.48%
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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