LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT:
Aliante, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station
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. I also help fellow AP Nick teach card counting at www.Blackjackclassroom.com.
Note: The observations of casino conditions were made in November 2011. The casinos visited in Las Vegas include:
Sante Fe Station
The Aliante casino is located way out in the northern outskirts of Las Vegas (at 7300 Aliante Parkway) in all its Palm Tree glory. Aliante is one of my favorite casinos because it has easy on and off access to Interstate 215, only minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and a golf course located right across the street. Any place with decent golfing gets my nod of approval, but add a great double-deck blackjack game……and I am in heaven.
Aliante is the newest casino to the "Station Casino Family" of local casinos. It is a 675 million-dollar resort that features more than 200 rooms and suites, a bowling alley, and a Regal Cinema movie theater with 16 screens (including IMAX screens). The resort also has a 1500 square foot fitness center to help keep you in shape, especially after enjoying scrumptious food from the many restaurants, including Italian favorites and fine wine, Mexican specialties from Cabos’, and fresh seafood and steaks from MRKT.
The gaming area has 2500 slot machines, 40 table games, a race and sports book, and a 12-table poker room. Single-deck, double-deck, and six-deck blackjack games are offered with the following rules...
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