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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 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.

Part 1 of this trip report appeared in BJI #190.


In Part I of my trip report, I covered three casinos (Quapaw, Buffalo Run, and Wyandotte) located in Northeast, Oklahoma, including one casino that as recently as 2014 was offering one of the best blackjack games in the country for the basic strategy player. In Part 2, I cover three additional casinos in the Northeast Oklahoma that include: Indigo Sky, Downstream, and Grand Lake Casino.

Beginning sometime in 2012 and lasting for at least two years, one of these three casinos was the last casino in the United States (that I am aware of) to regularly offer a blackjack game with an off-top advantage to the player. By my estimate, the basic strategy player had an advantage of about 0.35% at this incredible game!

Indigo Sky (70220 E. Hwy. 60, Wyandotte, OK)

I first stumbled on Indigo Sky in 2012 while travelling for business to rural southwest Missouri. Indigo Sky is located just west of the Missouri-Oklahoma border near Seneca, Missouri. Indigo Sky was not listed in Current Blackjack News (CBJN) so I did not know what to expect; however, based on the fact that most of the Oklahoma casinos had a prohibitive ante, my expectations were not that high.

The first hurdle was cleared when I noticed they charged no ante. My interest piqued even more when I observed the "dealer stands on all 17s". On my visit, there were only two 6-deck tables open. Penetration was solid at around 4.8-5.0 out of 6 decks. I believe the table maximum was only $250, but with decent penetration and DAS, S17, and RSA, the house advantage is only about 0.35%. After playing for about 15 minutes, a strange thing happened...

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