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By Arthur Dent

Arthur Dent is an experienced high-stakes blackjack card counter.

Casinos covered in this two-part report include:

Hard Rock

Las Vegas Club

Golden Nugget

Main Street Station



Red Rock




Texas Station

Fiesta Rancho






Bill’s Gambling Hall


Circus Circus


Observations were made in July 2011.

Part 1 of this report appeared in the September issue of BJI.



Ford says to me, "Arthur, don't forget your towel. In addition, why don't we try some local’s joints? Maybe they're not as sophisticated at catching counters... if you were a badass pit critter, where would you work?" Therefore, we lit a shuck for the north side of town. We tried the Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho. I will tell you both had decent penetration and (for LV) good rules: das, rsa, and h17. However, they also had a problem: not many green or black chips in play. The Fiesta Rancho, for instance, has one SD game (yes, with that cursed 6:5), and one DD game, with a $10 minimum. There were two $5 shoe games. Texas Station had a few more tables, but at both casinos if you played quarters or higher, you were going to be watched. Not out of suspicion mind you, it's just you're the highest bettor in the joint. Oops! After just a few shoes, I got up five units, while Ford was across the parking lot, losing 10 units. We decided to head for greener pastures.


The north strip area has some friendly-sounding games, and Circus Circus was the first on our list. I'd been running pretty good so far, and after a cruise through the pits, we finally found two double-deck tables: one at $10 and one at a $25 min. It was tough to find, because there were tons of 6:5 single deck games, and they were FULL OF...

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