PENNSYLVANIA BLACKJACK REPORT
By Mark Gruetze
Mark Gruetze writes the weekly "Player's Advantage" gambling column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania. He has been a skilled recreational casino player for more than 30 years, focusing on blackjack, video poker, and poker. E-mail questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casinos covered in this report include:
Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh)
The Meadows Casino (Washington, PA)
Observations of playing conditions were made in December, 2010.
Southwestern Pennsylvania, home to the NFLís Steelers and NHLís Penguins, now boasts a pair of full-fledged casinos with attractive blackjack rules.
Rivers Casino, on Pittsburgh's North Shore, and The Meadows, about a half-hour south of the city, were among the first casinos in the state to add table games in July. Both had been slots-only for about a year before that.
State regulations specify that all 10 Pennsylvania casinos offer the same rules on all blackjack games, which include:
Card counting is legal as long as a device is not used.
Note: Neither casino has an attached hotel...
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