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by LVBear

"LV Bear" is the pseudonym of a Las Vegas-based professional casino patron, advantage player, and outspoken casino critic who regularly visits casinos throughout Nevada and elsewhere. He is a frequent contributor to and other informed gambling and casino-related websites. LV Bear can be reached through his website,, a unique weblog where he voices his sharp criticism of the casino industry and its many violations of business ethics, players’ rights, and its corrupting and negative impact on society in general. More about the Bear can be found at

Editor's note: LV Bear is a regular visitor to Reno, having made ten to fifteen trips there every year for the last ten years. He is normally a high-stakes player, but recently agreed to spend a few days playing at below-normal stakes at various casinos throughout northern Nevada, to get a glimpse at what opportunities might exist for lower-stakes players.

The observations and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of LV Bear, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BJ Insider, its sponsors or advertisers.

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Thanks for reading,

LV Bear

Casinos covered in this report

Reno and Sparks






Circus Circus



Grand Sierra





Silver Club

Silver Legacy

Terrible’s Sands Regency

Western Village

Carson and Minden

Carson Nugget

Carson Station

Carson Valley Inn


South Lake Tahoe




Reno and other parts of northern Nevada are different from most casino destinations throughout the world. By "Reno," I mean the general Reno area, including Lake Tahoe. I like Reno. Most employees are friendly. Most casino management still behaves as if it appreciates having customers. Comps are easy and generous. If you are accustomed to the hostility, rudeness, and mostly lousy games found throughout Las Vegas, Reno will be a pleasant surprise.

Single deck blackjack that pays 3 to 2 is still found almost everywhere. Other blackjack games are also offered, some quite lucrative, but in this article we will primarily address the single deck games. To determine which casinos offer other playable games, see Current Blackjack News:

Basic elements of successfully counting cards at single deck blackjack in Reno include...

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