Discussion in 'Western USA' started by Cliph, Aug 23, 2007.
We plan to stay at Harrah's in Tahoe. Where is the best closest place to play blackjack?
Best South Shore BJ
If you're looking for good DD action try the Lakeside or go to North Shore and play at the Biltmore or Crystal Bay. Not much else that's worth talking about.
Harrahs blackjack is a joke!
The single deck at harrah's is 6 to 5 with double on 10-11 only, 6 to 5 is already a jip but with double 10-11 only it is a huge rip off. The shoes at harrah's mostly have 8 decks with at least a 2 deck cut off. They have blackjack switch there an interesting game. But if the dealer gets 22 it pushes your hand of 21 or under. Only play at Harrahs if you have a special coupon such as first card is an ace, matchplay, or they give you some free cash. Cyrstal bay has 6 deck shoes with a broken mindplay system, the cut of is beaten 1-2 decks normally. They also have single deck with lake tahoe rules double 10-11 only blackjack pays 3 to 2. The biltmore has single deck as well with bull **** penetration on a full table I only got one hand before shuffles. I know from experience that 2 shuffles at a full table is almost always possible. Penetration doesn't even crack 50% there with female dealers I find that male dealers usually give better penetration.
We're not card counters, play basic strategy with tweaks to match house rules as shown on this site. It sounds like we'll stay at Harrah's (its paid for) and walk over to the Lake Club, and get back to reno ASAP!
Thank you both for the advice. Is there more to know about BJ in Tahoe?
Lakeside Inn is a good place to play...great atmosphere (locals joint) with friendly dealers & PCs. The drinks keep coming there too.
Enjoy Tahoe...one of the most beautiful places in the world (definitely got a leg up on Reno in that department.
Post play report
Lakeside is fun. We didn't win, but didn't lose much. My wife wanted to try Harrah's, so we played 15 minutes and lost $160. Lakeside good, friendly and real. Harrah's phoney and jip.
Sorry to hear you didn't have much luck, but I agree about Lakeside being a great atmosphere. Hard to beat the overall atmosphere of the Tahoe area though.
If you play at Harrah's only play the shoe games you will be playing with less of a disadvantage vs their short pay single deck a.k.a 6 to 5 tables. Monteau Blue or other casinos in the area pay 3 to 2 a must if you want to have a fair shot at winning. Crystal Bay club is 30 miles away from Harrahs Lake Tahoe and there they have single deck with full pay on blackjack for a $5 minimum bet. In reno at Boomtown and the Siena has the best rules I have found on the blackjack tables for a $5 minimum sometimes less at the boomtown and Siena you can double down any first two cards and blackjack pays 3 to 2 on only 1 deck. Split aces one card only any other pair can be split up to 4 times with as many hits as you choose.
I'm heading to South Lake Tahoe this weekend, staying at the Lakeside Inn. I've never played there, and after reading a number of posts (Grifter's Gambit, among others), I'm looking forward to it. Specifically, their double deck game.
Anyway, I'm curious to see the other places, as I haven't been there in years. I remember Bill's having a decent game years ago. I seem to remember the Big Boys never having much, unless you were playing quarter minimum.
Cardcounter, you mentioned Mont Blue having a 3:2 game. Do you know the minimum, or the number of decks?
At Montu Blue I think they have $5-$10 min. Tables at Crystal Bay Club they usually have $5 min. available with it going up to $10-$15 min. on new years and really special ocasions. On weekends they have $5-$10 table min. at Crystal bay Club. We got rid of mindplay and have gone back to primitive card checkers which are great! At Crystal Bay Club the table maximum is set at $500 unless you know the owner and get them to raise it to $2,000 the absolute maximum.
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