Blackjack at Bellagio

Discussion in 'Las Vegas' started by smokey, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. smokey

    smokey Member

    First post here. Nice site you folks have. Been to Las Vegas 4 times and stayed at TI, Mirage, Caesar's and MGM Grand. My old lady just booked us into The Bellagio for a few nights in a couple of weeks. Not my choice but she has been dying to stay there. It's a nice place to visit but I know many of the blackjack tables are infested with those continuous shuffle machines (CSM). Can you folks tell me anything more about the current rules at Bellagio? I go to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in CT every now and then and have become use to their rules. Thanks.
  2. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    For a long time, Bellagio had some very nice 2-deck games, dealt face-up, starting at $25 minimums, perhaps $50 on weekends. However, on my last visit, that entire pit was gone and the only 2-deck games left started at a $300 minimum bet.

    According to Wong's latest newsletter, those games might be available sometimes at a $100 minimum. You'll also find some 6-deck games that aren't continuous shufflers. They start at $25 (H17) or $50 (S17).

    At least they offer late surrender and resplitting aces.
  3. smokey

    smokey Member

    Thanks Ken, what other casinos are close by the Bellagio that offer better blackjack options? Also, regarding blackjack rules basically what can I expect these days at Caesar's, Monte Carlo, Wynn and the Venetian? Thanks again.
  4. smokey

    smokey Member

    I just got back from the Bellagio last night. What a beautiful hotel. The casino is nice as well, but the continuous shuffle machines are all over the place. Expensive restaurants though. Anyway, I was playing BJ with a 6 deck shoe, $25 minimum, dealer stays on soft 17, BJ pays 3-2. Using basic strategy, except surrendering a pair of 8's against 9, 10, A, and increasing my bets when I win a couple of hands I won about $2100 in a couple hours. Actually, I was up and down a bit for the whole 2 hours until it was just me and the dealer. In the last 5 minutes of that session I'd say I won about 14 hands in a row and ended the shoe and quit with my last two hands having a $200 bet that I each doubled on and won for $400 on each hand! Being a $10-15/hand type of player, I was terribly impressed with myself. However, over the next 3 days I had awful luck. I ended up losing about $500 of it one day and another $1000 of it in 2 hours the following day. I put the remaining $500 in my pocket and didn't play anymore. I didn't change ANYTHING regarding my playing those few days. I did move to a couple different tables when I was getting my butt kicked hoping my luck would change. Even though I took home $500, I felt like I lost. What do you think, bad playing, bad luck, both, neither? Thanks.

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