Author: Elizabeth Keyser


Strolling through Las Vegas casinos in search of the best Blackjack table

For many years now the interest of many professional players has been focusing on Blackjack , obviously due to the rapid spread of the various guides and strategies aimed at increasing the chances of winning against the dealer .

In fact, the players in possession of cold blood and the necessary skills to beat the dealer are more and more numerous and for the operators of the sector they represent a serious threat, capable of razing even the budget of the most famous casinos to the ground.

As on a battlefield, in which a new type of opponent’s weapon is answered by adopting new countermeasures, in the same way the casinos have responded to the exponential increase in winnings by the players by reducing the payouts of Blackjack.

The countermeasures of the casinos

Greed you say? Not by chance, this is a simple survival strategy adopted by the wise administrators of Nevada to avoid ending up like their colleagues in the rest of the United States (Atlantic City in primis).

In particular, the Las Vegas casinos have adopted two defense strategies:

  •  they introduced the obligation to fish for the dealer in case of soft 17;
  •  they have reduced payments for the BJ.

The first defensive weapon forces the dealer to continue his action even when he reaches a soft 17 (obtained thanks to an ace) and this new rule further increases the edge of the casino.

Obviously the risk of busting increases for the dealer, but after careful analysis by some players it has been calculated that the overall margin of victory increases by a further 0.20%.


The other countermeasure concerns the payments for the BJ which have been reduced by a significant percentage, especially in the “Strip” area, which being the tourist area is populated mainly by users who are not regulars.

In these areas of the city the BJ is no longer paid 3 to 2, but only 6 to 5, so for example the player for a $ 100 Blackjack will get a payment of $ 120 and no longer $ 150, with great savings for the casinos.

So the advice we give you is to move through the streets of the “City that never sleeps” and go in search of the best offers for BJ and to facilitate the task, here are some of them.

Sls Las Vegas

This gambling house is located in the “Strip” area and its strengths in the $ 10 table are:

  • the player can double up with any pair even after the split;
  • the player can also re-split the axes.

Aria, Bellagio and Mirage

These three casinos are among the most reputable in Las Vegas and follow the same rules as SLS at $ 25 tables.


In all the casinos belonging to this chain it is offered the possibility to double after the split in the $ 100 tables, where the blackjack variant with two decks of cards is played, the so-called “double deck”.


This is the only casino that preserved the original Vegas rules for BJ and in fact maintains the soft 17 rule and blackjack always pays 3 to 2.


Play the fascinating French version of Roulette

 This version of Roulette is characterized by the absence of the double zero , typical instead of American Roulette , with an evident benefit in terms of payout for the player compared to the house.

So like the European Roulette version , French Roulette also sees the presence of 37 numbers and not 38.

This version of the game was the second to officially become a recognized game in casinos, after the original American Roulette version .

French Roulette bets and the “En Prison” rule

Obviously the language used in this variant of the game is French and below we offer you a list of the main bets translated into the language of French Roulette .

  • the so-called ” dry number ” bet is called ” en plein ” and pays 35 the stake;
  • the horse becomes the “ cheval ” and pays the bet amount 17 times;
  • the triplet is called ” transversale pleine ” and pays the risked stake 11 times;
  • the quatrain is called ” carrè ” and rewards the player with a sum equal to 8 times the amount bet;
  • the sestina is called ” transversale simple ” and rewards the player with a figure 5 times the value of the stake;
  • the column becomes ” columns ” in this version and allows you to double the bet amount;
  • the dozen becomes ” douzenne ” and also allows you to double the stake.
  • the so-called “ transversale de quatre ” is the bet that groups the first 4 numbers and rewards the player with 8 times the bet made.

Another rule that characterizes this particular variant of roulette is the ” en prison “. in which the player who has bet on a double chance , but has seen the number 0 come out and therefore loses, saves half of the amount wagered. The house in this particular type of bet sees its advantage diminish considerably to 1.35%.

Advertisements: the great peculiarity of French Roulette

The peculiarities no doubt the most loved by the players of this particular version of the game of roulette are called ” annunc the ” otherwise known in English ” call bets “.

In fact, the ” ads ” allow you to group a set of different numbers and among them the most famous are:

  • “Voisins du 0” ( Neighbors of 0 ): allows you to bet on all numbers that are close to 0 inside the wheel;
  • “Tiers du Cilindre” ( The Cylinder ): allows you to bet on all numbers that are far from 0;
  • “Orphelines” ( Orfanelli ): this ad allows you to bet on all numbers that are not included in neither the first nor the second type of ads;
  • “Finals”: this ad allows you to focus simultaneously on all the numbers that have a certain second number. eg. “Finals 3”: with this bet the player will bet on all the numbers ending with 3, therefore 3,13,23,33.