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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 

Casino visited in July 2013 includes:

Gold Country (Oroville)

Feather Fall Casino (Oroville)

Colusa Casino (Colusa)

Cache Creek Casino (Brooks)

From Sacramento, CA, travel north on Highway 88 and you will be in Oroville (ca. two hour drive), home to a couple of Native American Indian casinos, Feather Falls, and Gold Country. From there, we will travel south on highway 45 to the town of Colusa, where we will explore another Native American casino. Then further south, I'll review the action at Cache Creek, the largest of the four Native American casinos.

Gold Country Casino (Oroville)

Once in Oroville, just follow the signs to the casinos. My first stop was Gold Country Hotel and Casino, located at 4020 Olive Highway. Touted as the local’s favorite, Gold Country offers pretty much everything you would need: hotel with eighty-seven rooms, 24 lanes for your bowling pleasure, bingo, and a steakhouse that was voted "Best of Oroville."

I have actually eaten at the steakhouse, and it was decent, but being best of Oroville is hardly a feat. With that said, Gold Country also offers a buffet and a 24-hour café.

As for the gaming, Gold Country has 900 slot and video machines, Pai Gow Poker, Four-Card Poker, Texas Shootout, and a six-table Poker Parlor. The poker room also has three blackjack tables, and approximately three hundred slot machines. No-limit Texas Holdem and Omaha are offered.

The only blackjack games available were six deck shoe games with H17, and you were allowed to double after splitting. The table limits were $5-$500, and there were fifteen tables, some offering Lucky Ladies 9 side bet. The cut card placement varied from one to two decks.

Feather Fall Casino (Oroville)

A short distance away (just follow the signs) is Feather Falls, located at 1 Alverda Drive, offering pretty much the same menu as Gold Country as far as table games are concerned: Pai Gow, Three-card poker and such. There are over 1000 slot machines, and a Poker Room that is open at noon, and closed Tuesday. Texas Hold’em (3-6, 4-8, 9-18, 15-30 and NL), and Omaha (3-6, 4-8) and seven card stud are the games available.

Feather Falls offered seven tables of single deck with H17 rules, doubling after splitting is not allowed, and you cannot re-split aces, two tables of six decks with continuous shuffle machines rounded out the blackjack action. Table limits were $5-$300 and both games offer Lucky Ladies side bet, with the single-deck payout adjusted since there is only one queen of diamonds.

The single-deck games are usually...

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