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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: LONGHORN, SKYLINE, and JOKERíS WILD CASINOS

by KC Brooks

I have been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revereís "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 Revereís 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 havenít 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, I finish up my three-part series on the Boulder Highway blackjack action with three small casinos: Longhorn, Skyline and Jokerís Wild.

Longhorn (5288 Boulder Hwy.)

The Longhorn is located at the intersection of Boulder Highway and Flamingo, across the street from the Eastside Cannery casino. In my opinion, the Longhorn is a dumpy place but offers decent food at very cheap prices. (This pretty much captures what the Longhorn is all about.)

Gaming at the Longhorn consists of slot machines and three tables of six-deck blackjack games. When you come in through the front door, take about five steps and you are in the gaming pit; rarely will you find more than two games open at a time.

On paper, the rules for the three blackjack tables are very good: Dealer hits soft seventeen, doubling after splitting is allowed, you can double down on first three cards; you can re-split aces once only to make three hands, and late surrender is an option. The Lucky Ladies 9 side bet is also offered. The house advantage is 0.25%, and table limits are $2-$100. A five dollar bonus for a suited diamond blackjack with a five dollar minimum bet is also offered.

The Longhorn really sweats the money, and will often shuffle up if they think it is to their advantage. The penetration varies by dealer, and can be very bad with only three decks dealt. They usually burn over ten cards at the start of a new shoe. The Longhorn is a break-in joint for new dealers; therefore, you can occasionally find a dealer that deals deeper than usual.

If cigarette smoke is a problem for you, then the Longhorn is probably not your cup of tea. If you are looking for a decent meal at a very reasonable price, then check it out.

The Longhorn offers a ten dollar buy-in blackjack tournament at noon on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. A twenty dollar buy-in tournament is offered on Saturday.

Skyline (1741 N. Boulder Hwy., Henderson)

Travel south from the Longhorn and you will arrive at the Skyline Restaurant and Casino, yet another casino offering...

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