On Wednesday June 1st, I checked out the brand-new L'Auberge du Lac casino in Lake Charles Louisiana. The casino had been open less than a week when I was there, but everything went surprisingly smoothly.
First, a few notes about the property. It's elegant, comfortable, and huge. My wife described the style as "cowboy lodge chic", which is pretty accurate. Every room has a 32" flat-screen TV, high speed internet access, two phones, and AM/FM/CD alarm clocks.
Our room was quite comfortable including perhaps the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept on. FYI, Midweek Internet rates at the hotel are $79 plus tax. I hear they are sold out for weekends for months ahead. That's surprising, because the hotel tower is 26 floors, with over 700 rooms.
Their website is http://www.ldlcasino.com
The casino itself reminds me a lot of Barona Casino near San Diego.
Now, on to the blackjack:
First, they have a chip tracking system installed. Every playing chip has an embedded radio transmitting chip. Every table has a system that can read exactly how much you have bet. No more fooling the pit for extra comps by betting more when they're looking. The system automatically calculates your average bet.
The good news is that this is not the 'Mind Play' system which also tracks what cards are dealt. So, there's no automated counter catcher system. Still, I'm sure they have the ability to zero in on players who are varying their bets widely. If I had to guess, you might be safer with a bigger bet spread rather than a more traditional small bet spread. That way your action will look more like a wild gambler than a calculated minimum to maximum bet spread.
What games you will find:
All the games are S17 (Dealer stands on all 17s), RSA (Resplit Aces), DAS (Dbl after split).
On the main floor:
4 Two-decks, 50% - 60% dealt, $10/$15/$25 to $5000.
18 Six-decks, 66% - 70% dealt, $5/$10/$15/$25 to $5000.
5 Four-deck continuous shufflers, 12% - 15% dealt before reinserting cards into shuffler, $10 to $1000.
(Interesting that the limits are lower on the CSMs.)
In the high-limit room:
4 Two-decks, 50% - 60% dealt, $25/$50/$100 to $10,000.
8 Six-decks, 66% dealt, $50/$100 to $5000/$10,000.
There are lots of break-in dealers on the floor at the moment, so you can expect to see a lot of mistakes.