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by KC Brooks

KC Brooks has been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revereís classic book, Playing Blackjack as a Business, when he was only 15 years old. He believes the art of blackjack is a lifetime endeavor. KC went through the learning process backwards, learning Revereís Advanced Point Count first, and found out early that the actual count system is only a small piece of the puzzle. Presently, KC travels "his" Devils Triangle (Reno, Wendover, Vegas), playing mainly single- and double-deck games. He uses the Hi Lo counting system and the book Professional Blackjack, by Wong is his bible. He worships large bet spreads, and has been known to wong when he plays.

The casino observations in this report were made in May, 2011. The casinos covered, all located in Henderson, NV, include:

Green Valley Ranch

Sunset Station

Fiesta Henderson

This month I will review three Station-operated establishments. With the cost of gas constantly on the rise, it seemed prudent to review casinos within a reasonable proximity of one another that, most importantly, offer a beatable blackjack game. Green Valley Ranch (GVR), Fiesta, and Sunset Station casinos, which are located in Henderson, N.V., meet this simple criterion.

Roughly eight miles from the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. (the strip), high above the 215 freeway, sits Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa (GVR). Modeled after the great casinos of Europe, GVR offers a wide variety of entertainment, luxurious accommodations, succulent food, and a world-class spa. Coupled with favorable playing conditions, this is a "MUST SEE" destination.

Fiesta Henderson, on the other hand, is more of a localís hangout. Eighteen gaming tables and a Dennyís donít cry out "MUST SEE," but what keeps me coming back is the penetration in their double-deck (DD) game.

Sunset Station offers all of the amenities at GVR, plus a Hooterís Restaurant. Nothing sayís, "I love you more," than deeply dealt DD blackjack games, and a DD rack staring you down while ordering Buffalo Wings. With that said, letís get to the details...

Green Valley Ranch (GVR)

From the strip, head south on I-15, exit at I-215 east, and then exit at Green Valley Parkway (stay in the right hand lane). Merge onto South Green Valley Parkway and make a right on Paso Verde Parkway. A P.F. Changís Restaurant is on your right. Follow the signs and enter the GVR parking garage; the casino is located on the fourth floor.

The GVRís website boasts over 55 table games. My Saturday night visit revealed the following conditions...

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