LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT:
Silverton, South Point, and M Resorts
by KC Brooks
I have been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revere’s "Playing Blackjack as a Business" when I was 15. The art of blackjack is a lifetime endeavor. I went through the learning process backwards, learning Revere’s Advanced Point Count first. I found out early that the actual count system is only a small piece of the puzzle. Presently, I travel "my" Devils Triangle (Reno, Wendover, Vegas}, playing mainly single- and double-deck games. Hi Lo is my choice of strategies and "Professional Blackjack" by Wong is my bible. I worship a large spread, and have been known to wong everywhere I go. Thank God I haven’t had to register as a wonger yet, but I am sure it is not too far off.
The modern architecture, spectacular views of the strip and surrounding valley, the awe-inspiring Villagio Del Sole pool and entertainment Piazza, make M a must see destination. Located on South Las Vegas Boulevard, just ten minutes from McCarran airport, M offers a variety of entertainment deals. I was impressed with the pools at Rio, and Red Rock, but the pool here is beyond spectacular. With free Friday concerts during the summer, coupled with five-dollar drinks, things couldn’t be better……or could they.
I arrived around six, escorted by my wife and a friend. The tables were crowded, as to be expected on a weekend. The blackjack rules are H17, DAS for double deck, with $25 and $15 minimums. The six-deck shoe had a $5 minimum and $3000 max. Penetration looked to be around the usual 4 and 1/2 decks. The playing rules in the High Limit room were s17, das for double deck, with $100 minimum and $5000 max, and 6 decks were s17, das, rsa, and late surrender. My wife disappeared into the forest of slot machines, and I played the waiting game.
With five "destination" bars you are never far from a great view. I spied a table with only one player settled in at first base; I bought in for two hundred and quickly realized why...
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