I have been compiling data for Las Vegas blackjack tables and other games since 2012. I call it the “Las Vegas Table Game Survey.”
From this year on, GamblingSites.com will be the home for my work.
My report consists of every live and digital multi-player blackjack game in the Las Vegas Valley. This includes video blackjack, roulette, and craps.
The blackjack rules for every Las Vegas casino will be in the survey. This data shows which casinos pay 3:2 on a blackjack, whether double down before and after splitting is available, if aces may be split more than one time, and surrender rules.
Surrender is when the player folds the hand and gives the house half the original bet. This may only be done after the dealer checks for blackjack.
The Las Vegas blackjack survey will also have information about minimum and maximum bets. Other data includes whether the dealer stands on all 17s or hits soft 17. The rules can vary widely, even within one casino.
I will publish several blog posts with this data.
These include a review of blackjack at every Las Vegas casino. The best and worst blackjack games in Las Vegas will be available with one click. I will also make fun of all the casinos that spread triple zero roulette.
I’ll add details of these posts here as and when they’re published. For now, here’s some more information about my 2019 Las Vegas table game survey.
More Than Just Blackjack
Blackjack is the main game in my annual Las Vegas table games survey. However, all table games will be represented. These include the following, to mention just a few.
- Three Card Poker
- Let It Ride
- High Card Flush
Spreadsheets and articles will show where to play every table game and its limits. It will also have whether the casino has special rules for the games.
This survey is a great resource for players looking for a niche game and the best place for its minimum bet.
How I Come Up with the Data for the Survey
I visit every Las Vegas casino at least twice a year. I walk through major casinos more often. This gives me a feel for new games and rule changes.
I talk to dealers and pit bosses if I see something new. I often ask idle employees about blackjack rules, even if I am sure nothing has changed. Sometimes, I am forced to play a few hands to get into discussion with dealers.
All the data I uncover is kept in multiple places. This makes it easily accessible as I am in casinos. I pull up the previous data and compare it to what I see.
My memory will also tell me if something has changed, such as a pit missing or new 6:5 blackjack tables. I check the minimum and maximum bets. Sometimes, tables are not open, so I must go with the data from previous years or from sister casinos.
I drive to nearly all locals casinos that spread table games. This includes North Las Vegas and Boulder Highway.
Publishing the Survey Data
Once I have all this information, I turn it into spreadsheets.
One is for table games other than blackjack. A separate page displays all the blackjack rules. It is broken up into tabs that compare single, double, and shoes.
A different section of tabs goes by location, with Downtown, locals, and Las Vegas Strip casinos. The Strip is broken up into three geographical locations, as follows.
- North Strip
- Central Strip
- South Strip
These spreadsheets will be published right here on GamblingSites.com., and I’ll add a link to this post just as soon as everything is live. It will be featured within our Las Vegas Guide.
Once the data is complete, I come up with article ideas. These include the best and worst blackjack games, best places to play craps and roulette, as well as any new games or interesting observations. The entire process takes me about 60 hours.
When Will the Survey Be Released?
I’ve already completed the data collection part of the process.
I now expect the 2019 Las Vegas table game survey to be released within the next week or so.
You can follow me @john_mehaffey on Twitter for developments.
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The 2019 Las Vegas Table Game Survey – Blackjack and Other Table Games Surveyed by John MehaffeyJanuary 11, 2019