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by JPB

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 of 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 2014. Casinos visited include:

Desert Diamond

Casino Del Sol


Tucson is a great place to visit any time of the year. Sure, it is hot in the summer, but it also gets very hot where I live in Kansas. Therefore, whenever I have the opportunity to go on a business trip to Tuscon in January (with temperatures hovering near zero in the Midwest), I packed my bags as fast as I can and head southwest. Itís been several years since I played blackjack in Tucson; in fact, at one time Tucson had some of the best blackjack games in the country.


The three casinos in Tucson that offer blackjack games are:

  • Casino Del Sol
  • Desert Diamond by airport
  • Desert Diamond South


For me (and I suspect most folks), flying into Tucson is not easy. For example, I canít get any direct flites, and even flights with a stopover are not very convenient. One option is to fly into Phoenix, where direct flights are plentiful, and then drive about 90 miles south. However, I decided to fly into Tucson.

The Desert Diamond casino located near the airport (at 7530 S. Nogales Rd.) is the larger of the two Diamond properties in Arizona, offering more blackjack tables. (I only visited the property near the airport on this trip).

From the Tucson airport, the Desert Diamond and Casino De Sol casinos are extremely convenient to get to. Desert Diamond is about two miles west of the rental car pick up, and Casino Del Sol is about another six miles west. (You could probably use a taxi or shuttle to get to both properties and forego a rental car.)

Desert Diamond Airport

Parking was easy and convenient. A decent-size hotel is adjacent to the casino. I observed a sign indicating that new players could receive a free buffet and $100 in free play. I wasnít sure if I would be able to take advantage of this promotion because I had received a players card a few years ago; nevertheless, anyone flying into Tucson with any interest in blackjack should check with Desert Diamond and consider taking advantage of this offer.

Desert Diamond has a buffet and a steakhouse (The Steak House); however, I didnít have the opportunity to try either one.

On my previous visit to Dessert Diamond, all tables were...

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