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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 October 2013 includes:

Club Fortune (Henderson)

Harrah’s (Laughlin)

Avi (Laughlin)

River Palms (Laughlin)

My mission this month was to head to Laughlin Nevada to search for some playable blackjack games. I have always enjoyed going to Laughlin and usually stay there whenever I am heading south (from Vegas). There are ten casinos in the area, all within a couple of miles of each other, except for Avi, which is fourteen miles south towards Needles, NV. I also checked out two other casinos that you would pass on your way to Laughlin … Club Fortune and Railroad Pass.

I booked a room at Harrah’s for less than twenty bucks (off-season rates), loaded my BMW motorcycle, and hit the road. My first stop was Club Fortune for breakfast, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast for a buck forty-nine.

Club Fortune (725 S. Racetrack Dr., Henderson, NV)

Club Fortune is mainly a local’s hangout. It offers decent food at super cheap prices. The casino has 550 slot and video poker machines, and a five-table poker room with daily Hold’em tournaments. The table games offered is craps, roulette, Pai Gow, and double-deck and six-deck blackjack. The pit is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm-12am, Friday and Saturday 2pm-2am, and Sunday from 2pm-12am.

There are five blackjack tables, three double-deck and two six-deck shoe games. The double-deck game has hit 17 rules (dealer hits soft 17), double after splitting, and no mid entry. The table limits are $5- $200 and house advantage is 0.56%. The penetration varies quite a bit here. The Club Fortune is a break in house for dealers right out of gaming school; I have seen 50%, all the way to 80% penetration, so it makes sense that there is a wide range. I had one round with about sixty cards before the cut card, and the rest around 69-73 cards before the cut card.

The six deck games have the same rules as above and you can re-split aces. Table limits are $3-$200, the House edge is 0.56%, and mid-entry is allowed. The penetration has been incredible, anywhere from ¾ of a deck, to slightly over a deck, again varying from dealer to dealer.

After breakfast, I hit the road and enjoy a beautiful windless ride to Laughlin. From Boulder Highway, you head south on US 95 towards Boulder City (about 3.5 miles). Make a right on US 95 south towards Searchlight, Needles, and Laughlin (roughly 55 miles), a left on to state highway 163 east, and your twenty miles from the Colorado River and Laughlin.

I made the trip in slightly over an hour; the speed limit on that stretch of highway is 75 miles per hour. Harrah’s is my favorite place to stay in Laughlin; they have white sandy beach, decent food, a non- smoking casino, and awesome views of the Colorado River.

Harrahs (2900 S. Casino Dr.)

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