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does anyone ever win?!

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does anyone ever win?!

Do you ever come up at the end of your LV trip?! I've been reading alot of trip reports and it seems that people are losing way more then they are winning.

I leave on Sunday and will only be playing $5 black jack (tables) or penny slots. Hope I win -- or worst case....break even!

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41. Re: does anyone ever win?!

Sure they win. I play a dollar machine, one 'coin', press the spin button about nineteen times, and on the twentieth spin I'll win a whole dollar. ;-/

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many casino's (especially strip casino's) tinker with the "standard" blackjack game to give it a higher house edge against the player. The most egregious of these changes is only paying 6:5 on a natural blackjack instead of 3:2. Other negative rules - dealer hits a soft 17 (unfortunately pretty universal now), no surrender, no doubling down after splitting, limits on when you can double, limits on amounts of splits, adding multiple decks to the game.

An ideal game would be 3:2 single deck, dealer stands on all 17's, double after splitting, double any two cards, unlimited re-splits, and late surrender.

You will be hard pressed to find good BJ rules on the strip unless you are betting >$25 or $50 per hand. Some of the less bad games at $5 or $10 can be found Rivera and Circus Circus on the strip. They can be more easily found downtown and off strip. The two best games I have played have been the single deck game at El Cortez (only negative is the S17), and Longhorn on Boulder highway. I have heard that there is a better single deck game than the El Co on at the Hacienda in Boulder City (I have yet to play there yet).

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43. Re: does anyone ever win?!

I would say I'm about 50/50 winning/losing in dollar terms alone, with the losses summing to more than the wins, but I've had several trips where I come home up more than $1K. I play $5 craps tables mostly. I try to use all cash when I'm there so that I see the total cost of taxis/food/tips/gambling in the tally on the ride home.

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