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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'll report on two casinos that I visited located on the south end of the Strip.

M RESORT (12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Henderson)

Stylish and elegant are all that is needed to describe M Resort. Situated 10 miles south of the Strip, just off Interstate 15 at the intersection of St. Rose and Las Vegas Blvd.), the M Resort is a must see destination. (Just take I-15 south, exit at St. Rose Pkwy.,) make left at exit ramp, and straight ahead on your right is the M Resort).

This sleek glass-framed hotel offers 390 rooms and suites, exceptional food, and phenomenal views of the Vegas Valley. If you are looking for a place away from the hectic action of the Las Vegas Strip, The M Resort is a great choice. (Red Rock, and Green Valley Ranch would also be in that mix.)

The M resort sits on ninety-acres, has two pools with a couple of hot tubs, an adult-orientated day club, called DayDream, and a 23,000 square-foot, world-class, spa. No reason to leave; but if you have the urge to explore, the M is not far from all the action Vegas has to offer.

The M Resort offers a variety of dining options. Their state-of-the-art Studio B Buffet, with live action cooking stations and over 200 dishes daily was voted the "Best Buffet in Vegas." Anthony's for prime steaks and seafood, and Jayde Fuzion combine Japanese, Chinese, and Korean flavors for unique Asian delicacies. The trend these days are gourmet burgers, and you will not be disappointed with Anthony's Gourmet Burgers and Brew Bar (and you have to be 21 and over after 11 am, go figure).

The M resort has over 92,000 square feet of indoor and poolside gaming space. There are some 2000 slot and video poker machines and 40 table games, including craps, roulette, blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, mini-baccarat, Three-Card Poker, and High Card Flush. The tables are arranged into four, very serviceable, sections.

There are three roulette wheels, and three 12-foot craps tables. The table limits for craps are $5-$3000; on my visit, only one table was operating.

The blackjack games available at the M are double deck-, and six-deck shoe games. Most of the tables are shoe games (about ten). The Lucky Ladies side bet is available at a few of the tables. There is a high-limit room that has a couple of tables of double-deck and two tables of six-deck games. The rules are as follows: dealer stands on soft 17, you can double after splitting, and you can re-split aces. Mid entry is not allowed in the double-deck games; the house advantage is 0.19% for the double, and 0.26% for the shoe game (against the basic strategy player). Table limits are $100-$5000 for both games, and late surrender is also offered in the six-deck game. On the main floor, there is a couple of double-deck games where the dealer hits soft seventeen and you can double after splitting. The table limits are $5-$1000 and $15-$3000; the house edge is 0.40%. The six-deck games out on the floor are dealer hits soft seventeen; you can double after splitting and also re-split aces. The house advantage for those games is 0.56%, and table limits are $5-$3000.

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