KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI BLACKJACK REPORT
JPB has been playing blackjack and counting cards part-time since 1996. He plays throughout the country but primarily in Missouri. He has been a Green Chip member ofBJ21.com for six years and one-time winner of the Post-of-the-Month. JPB is a professional engineer with three engineering degrees and works as a consulting engineer.
Casinos covered in this Report:
Isle of Capri
I have been playing at the Kansas City, Missouri casinos off-and-on for about 13 years. It has been a few years since publishing my last report, and so now it seemed like an appropriate time for an update.
Since my last report, not much has changed with regard to blackjack conditions, but a change going back to the November 2008 elections has made the conditions much better for the high stakes card counter, particularly the out-of-towner.
The Missouri casinos had to incorporate a peculiar $500 loss limit to appease the anti-gambling coalition when gambling was legalized in Missouri in the early 1990s. The $500 loss limit meant that a player could only buy in for $500 every two hours. The loss limit remained in effect until the November 2008 election when a measure was placed and passed on the Missouri ballot.
The $500 loss limit failed its goal to curb compulsive gamblers. It was pointed out in the November 2008 debate that compulsive gamblers overwhelmingly indicated that the $500 loss limit did nothing to curb their gambling. Casino patrons were allowed a $500.00 maximum buy-in every two hour block of time. The compulsive gambler could still go to 4 casinos in a day and lose up to $6000 at each. The loss limit did have a few undesirable consequences:
There are a total of four casinos in the greater Kansas City area: Harrahs, Ameristar, Argosy, and Isle of Capri. The Kansas City casinos are all located in the north part of the K.C. metro area and all within about 15 miles of each other. No two casinos are within three miles of each other so that casino hopping is possible, but the logistics are not like Las Vegas where one can find a casino next door.
Kansas City Casino Blackjack Conditions
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