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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: SILVER SEVENS, TUSCANY and WESTIN CASINOS 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 www.Blackjackclassroom.com. 

For the next several months, I will be reviewing the blackjack playing conditions in 11 casinos located on Flamingo Road. This month I will review the Silver Sevens, Tuscany, and Westin casinos. All three are located on Flamingo Rd., east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Silver Sevens (4100 Paradise Rd. at intersection of Flamingo)

Furthest east, at the intersection of Flamingo and Paradise, is the Silver Sevens casino, formerly known as Terrible’s. The Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino is centrally located, close to the Las Vegas strip and McCarron International Airport.

The hotel has 330 clean, comfortable, budget-friendly rooms, and the casino offers everything you would need in gaming action: More than 1000 state-of-the art slot and video poker machines, Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Craps, Bingo, and a brand-new William Hill Race & Sports book.

When you enter the Silver Sevens casino, you are immediately in the gaming area. On your right are Craps, Blackjack, and Roulette tables. To your left are more blackjack tables plus Pai Gow Poker tables, and two tables of live-action poker. The limits for poker is $2-$4 limit Hold’em, with $1 and $2 blinds, and there was one game open on my visit.

They have one craps table with table limits of $5-$500, and 3x4x5x odds, and only one roulette table. Both games had players, with the roulette wheel the busiest.

The Silver Sevens offers two tables of double-deck blackjack and four tables with six- deck. Both games have the Lucky Ladies 10 side bet. The rules for the double-deck game have the dealer hitting soft 17, you can double after splitting, the table limits are $5-$500, and mid entry is not allowed. The house advantage is 0.4% against the basic strategy player, and penetration was around 63 cards before the cut card appeared. The six-deck games had the same rules and limits plus you can re-split aces; house edge is 0.56%, with penetration slightly less than 1.5 decks. Mid entry is allowed in the shoe games.

There were a few Asian female dealers and an older gentleman dealer that were dealing the double-deck games on my visit. The older gentleman was not protecting the down card very well as it was coming off the deck. You need to be at third base to take advantage of his "flashing", and with his action you could definitely catch a glimpse of the down card.

I definitely recommend checking out Silver Sevens.

Tuscany Suites and Casino (255 East Flamingo Rd.)

From Silver Sevens, I head west. A couple of blocks on the left-hand side of Flamingo is the Tuscany Suites and Casino (across from Lawry’s Restaurant). Tuscany is an all- suite Las Vegas Resort, each suite over 650 square feet. The casino has over 800 slot and video machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, and a William Hill Sports Book.

What I like about the Silver Sevens and Tuscany casinos is there is not a lot of fluff when it comes to table games. The gaming is straight forward; blackjack, craps, and roulette. At Tuscany you get one roulette wheel, one craps table, and nine blackjack games.

The craps game is $3-$300 with 3x4x5x odds, and the blackjack offered is minimal with eight tables of six decks, and one table of six-decks Superfun 21.

The rules for blackjack are as follows: dealer hits soft 17, you can double down after splitting, and late surrender is offered. The table limits are $3-$300 with a house advantage of 0.54%. The penetration varied from 1.5 to 2 decks cut-off from six decks.

Tuscany really caters to...

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