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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 

This month I will continue my review of casinos located on (or near) Flamingo Road with Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Bally’s is located on the southeast corner of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Boulevard (it’s next door neighbor to the south is the Paris Hotel and Casino), and across Flamingo Rd to the north of Bally’s is the new Cromwell, Las Vegas’s new boutique hotel, and next door to the Cromwell is the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. (The line-up of these properties on the east side of Las Vegas Blvd. from north to south is Flamingo, Cromwell, (cross Flamingo Rd.), then Bally’s, and then Paris.)

Bally’s (3645 Las Vegas Blvd.)

Bally's resort is situated in the heart of the Vegas strip. Offering more than just affordable lodging, Bally’s also has superb dining, a wonderful spa, and a 256 seat race and sports book. There are 2,814 rooms and a 67,000 square foot casino, with more than 1500 electronic slot and video poker machines.

There is a wide variety of games available on the casino floor. The table games include; Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini- Baccarat, Caribbean Stud, Craps Let-it-Ride, Pai Gow Poker, and Roulette. There is also a 14-table poker room on the casino floor next to Nosh, Keno, and the south tower.

Bally’s poker room offer’s many varieties of poker; $1-$2 and $2-$5 No Limit Hold’em, as well as $3-$6 and $4-$8 limit Hold’em. Daily poker tournaments with a $60 buy-in are also available.

For you dice setters, there are four craps tables with 3x4x5x odds and $10- $5000 betting limits. Roulette players also have four tables at their disposal.

There is a wide variety of blackjack options available at Bally’s, none of which excite me much. The majority are eight-deck shoe games with H17 (i.e., dealer must hit soft seventeen, you can double after splitting, and late surrender is offered. The house edge against the basic strategy player is almost 0.60%. The table limits are $5-$5,000 and one and a half decks are cut off of the eight decks. Be careful since there are about five tables with the same rules except they only pay 6:5 for blackjacks, resulting in a house advantage of slightly over 2.0%. Late surrender is not offered on those games, and the table limits are $10-$2000.

Bally’s also has about ten tables of single-deck blackjack games, definitely tables to be...

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