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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 check out the blackjack playing conditions at two of my favorite casinos; Green Valley Ranch (GVR) and Sunset Station.

GREEN VALLEY RANCH (2300 Paseo Verde Drive, Henderson)

If you want to avoid the chaotic mess of the Las Vegas strip, then look no further than Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa. GVR is just minutes from the strip, just off of the 215 freeway in Henderson. If you head east from the McCarran Airport on the 215, you cannot miss seeing the resort on the left hand side of the freeway.

The Mediterranean-themed Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa has won the AAA prestigious Four Diamond award. Hotel rooms feature down pillows and comforters, marble bathrooms, and floor to ceiling windows, offering majestic views of the surrounding mountains and the Vegas strip. There are 450 guest rooms and over 80 luxurious suites ranging in size from the 700 square foot Executive Suite, to the 4000 square foot Penthouse Suite.

The pools and spa at GVR are what make your visit unforgettable. Enjoy incredible scenery and a sand-bottom pool, while relaxing and sipping on your favorite libation. GVR is adult and kid friendly, there is something for everyone.

When it comes to eating, there is an array of dining options at GVR. If fine dining is your pleasure, you cannot beat Hanks Fine Steaks and Martinis. This award winning steakhouse serves the finest cuts of meats and an extensive wine list. Casual dining options include The Grand Café, Tides Oyster Bar, and the Feast Buffet, which offers

all-you-can-eat tastes from around the world. Fast food options include Capriati's, Panda Express, Starbucks, and Fatburger, which serves one of the best burgers in Vegas.

The casino at GVR offers 55 table games, more than 2200 slot and video poker machines, a 22-table poker room, plus a 220 seat race and sports book. Table games include blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, craps, roulette, Let-It-Ride, and mini-baccarat. Bingo anyone? If that is your cup of tea, GVR has a 401 seat bingo hall. Live keno is available 8am-11pm daily, and is located between the Grand Café and poker room.

The poker room at GVR is first class. There are over 20 tables with very comfortable high-back chairs. The room spreads a variety of games; Hold'em and Omaha to name a few. The poker room operates 24-7.

There are four roulette tables scattered about the casino floor and four craps tables. The tables are 12 footers with $5-$5000 betting limits and 3x4x5x odds. On my visit, which was late (2am), one table was open.

Blackjack at GVR is...

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