LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: CAESARS PALACE and BELLAGIO 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.
This month we continue are journey exploring the casinos on or around Flamingo Boulevard with stops at two high-end properties located next to each other, Caesars Palace and Bellagio.
Situated on the north-west corner of Flamingo Rd. and Las Vegas Boulevard is the Rome-inspired Caesars Palace. The Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury-boutique Nobu Hotel. Opened in 2013, the Nobu was created by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The 181-room boutique property offers a distinctly Japanese experience. Located on the casino floor is the world’s largest Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, at 12,775 square feet, and it offers a sushi bar, open kitchen, private dining, and three sizzling teppanyaki tables.
Caesars Palace offers a variety of dining options: French, Italian, American, Asian cuisine, and the world-class Bacchanal Buffet with more than 500 items, a truly culinary delight. Caesars also has its share of celebrity owned restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill to name a few.
Good food is only one of the many options available to those who venture into this Roman paradise. A four-level shopping mall to keep your spouse busy, a 55,000 square foot spa, four swimming pools, and some really cool bars to enjoy if gaming is not your cup of tea.
The casino at Caesars is 129,000 square feet and is spread out with gaming available at the Forum Casino, the Palace Casino, and if you wander down Colosseum way, you will stumble across Pussycat Dolls Casino.
Caesars Palace Poker recently relocated to the heart of the gaming floor between the Colosseum and the Race and Sport’s book. The spacious 4,500 square foot poker room has 16 tables and features a $4 rake on all No-Limit games and a $3 max rake on all limit games.
The Forum Casino has one craps table and two roulette wheels. Table limits at craps are $5-$5000, and roulette has a minimum of ten dollars. There are both single -and six- deck blackjack games available in the Forum Casino. The single-deck rules are H17, only double on 10 and 11, and blackjacks pay 6:5. With the house edge at 1.84%, I would avoid these games. The six-deck game is H17, and you can only double on 10 or 11. Table limits are $15-$2000 and about one and a half decks are cut-off. The house edge against the basic strategy player is 0.94%.
The Pussycat Casino consists of pole dancers and...
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