KASNSAS CITY, MO BLACKJACK REPORT
JPB has been playing blackjack and counting cards part-time since 1996. He plays throughout the country but primarily in Missouri. He has been a Green Chip member ofBJ21.com for four years and one-time winner of the Post-of-the-Month. JPB is a professional engineer with three engineering degrees and works as a consulting engineer.
This trip occurred in January 2012. Casinos visited include:
Isle of Capri
Missouri is one of the few areas where a card counter cannot be banned from playing. Unfortunately, the Missouri casinos will take countermeasures to thwart the card counter. In the previous issue, I covered the largest market in Missouri- St. Louis. In this issue, I cover the second largest market- Kansas City.
There are four casinos in the greater Kansas City area on the Missouri side of the state line: Harrahs, Ameristar, Argosy, and Isle of Capri. The Kansas City, Missouri casinos are all located in the north part of the K.C. metro area and all within about 15 miles of each other. No two casinos are within three miles of each other so that casino hopping is possible, but a car is required to get from one to the other. There is one casino on the Kansas side-Hollywood. I am not sure what the rules are for card counters in Kansas.
In practice, there is not much difference between the card counter formally being told "no more blackjack for you" and the casino taking countermeasures such as: preferential shuffling, reducing table limits, and/or reduced penetration. These countermeasures can make it impossible for even the best card counter from gaining an advantage. Still, one of the features I like about blackjack games in Missouri is that the Missouri Gaming Commission has explicit rules that prohibit the casino from barring or refusing to deal blackjack to a card counter. Even if the casino reduces the penetration to about 30% on a double deck blackjack game, (a level where a card counter cannot gain an advantage over the house), I like the fact that it is my decision- not the casino’s decision for me to not play blackjack...
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