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NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA TRIP REPORT Part 1

by JPB

JPB has been playing blackjack and counting cards part-time since 1996. He plays throughout the country but primarily in Missouri. He has been a Green Chip member of BJ21.com for five years and one-time winner of the Post-of-the-Month. JPB is a professional engineer with three engineering degrees and works as a consulting engineer.

Note: See the end of this report for a summary of abbreviations used in this report.

Introduction

By my estimates (primarily based on a review of Current Blackjack News as well as a few casinos that are not covered in CBJN or are inaccurately covered), in 2013 there were at least 500 casinos in the United States that offered blackjack. Among those games, the house advantage ranged from a best of about 0.15% for DD with S17 and RSA to well over 2.0% for some of the miserable 6:5 blackjack games. But, in August 2013, there were two blackjack games with the slimmest house advantage in the country: one was about 0.02%, and the other actually gave a player advantage of about 0.30%!

Do you know where these games were located? Not in Las Vegas or Biloxi. Surprise, they were in a seldom traveled area in northeast Oklahoma close to Miami (pronounced Miam-uh), Oklahoma that is not commonly thought of as a blackjack mecca. While these unique games are no longer offered, there are still some games worth noting. In Part 1 of this report, I cover Buffalo Run, Quapaw, and Wyandotte, which are on the west side of the Northeast Oklahoma casino area. In Part 2, cover Indigo Sky and Downstream Casino.

Oklahoma Blackjack

When I first visited the area in 2006, the casinos that offered blackjack were generally not playable because of a nasty ante ranging from $0.25-$1.00 per hand. A 0.25 cents ante on a $25.00 bet is an additional 1.0 % advantage to the house on top of the house advantage inherent in the game. To top it off, the rules were not good (H17 and mostly DD and 6D) with mediocre penetration. Although some casinos offered ante-free times, it just was not worth the effort to try to find ante-free days and times for mediocre blackjack and low table limits. But times do change at least they did in Northeast Oklahoma.

Roll forward to 2015. All of the casinos that I mention in this report do not collect...

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