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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 

The observations of casino conditions were made in December 2012.

Fiesta Henderson (777 W. Lake Mead Dr.)

The city of Henderson, Nevada (just south of Las Vegas) is home to two of my favorite casinos: Green Valley Ranch and Fiesta Henderson. Both casinos are in the Station Casino stable of local casinos, and more importantly, they offer some very playable blackjack games. Another great factor is that they are only a few miles apart, with easy access from the 215 freeway that loops around Las Vegas.

The Fiesta casino is mainly a local’s hangout, offering great prices on food and libations. Two fine-dining options at Fiesta include Fuego’s Steakhouse, which offers superb steak and all the fixings, and Amigo’s, which has spicy south of the border specialties. Their buffet is so-so, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner priced at $4.49, $5.99, $7.99 respectively, and Sunday brunch running at $8.99 with a player’s card.

Fast food options include Denny’s, Starbucks, Villa Pizza, Subway, and one of my all-time favorite burger joints; Fatburger. Eat we must, but we are here to play some blackjack, and if you are a fan of double-deck games, you won’t be disappointed.

The 70,000 square foot casino offers 1600 slot and video poker machines and eighteen table games, including blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, craps, and roulette. There are two 14’ craps tables offering ten times odds, and a three-dollar minimum bet on the pass line. Maximum wager is five hundred dollars. I have recently been working on my dice control and have found the Fiesta casino a relatively inexpensive arena to practice my throws. (Nearby the Fiesta is the Joker’s Wild casino, another good casino for dice practice. They have a dollar minimum and quarters, which make for cheap casino action.)

The four tables of blackjack to avoid at the Fiesta casino are the...

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