KANSAS CITY TRIP REPORT
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 ofBJ21.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: In this report, you'll learn why penetration is a variable and not a constant.
Casinos visited in March include:
Harrah's, Ameristar, and Argosy in Kansas City, Missouri
Hollywood in Kansas
C some at the casinos; however, at one of the four casinos it stayed like a rock for years at around 50% on the double-deck (DD) game, and around 70% at the six-deck game. Occasionally, I would notice a dealer dealing as deep as 55% at the DD but rarely any greater. I don't know exactly when it happened, but at this one casino, penetration has changed dramatically, and for the better.
In this issue, I cover four of the five Kansas City area casinos: Harrah's, Ameristar, Argosy, and Hollywood.
Kansas City Logistics
There are actually six casinos in Kansas City: two are located in Kansas, Hollywood and 7th Street. (I do not believe 7th street casino offers blackjack.) Hollywood is on the far western part of the metro, adjacent to the Kansas Speedway. Three of the four casinos are fairly close on the northeast side of the metro area: Isle of Capri, Harrah's, and Ameristar. They are not within walking distance but less than five minutes apart by car. Argosy is located in Riverside, about 10 miles west of the main cluster.
This is the largest of the Kansas City casinos. On the main floor, you can find a few six-deck games with standard rules: H17, DAS, RSA, no surrender, for a house advantage of 0.56% against a basic strategy player. Penetration is decent at around 4.8 out of 6.0 decks. As large as this casino is, the number of six-deck games appears to be relatively low. On my last weekday visit, there were only two open six-deck games. They have recently added two lower minimum ($15) DD tables with poor rules (no DAS and D9-11 only); the house advantage is about 0.65%. Penetration is about 60% or 1.2 out of 2.0 decks.
In the high-limit area, there are usually at least two or three double-deck games with the following rules: H17, DAS, no RSA, and no surrender for a house advantage of about 0.40%. Penetration is decent and varies by dealer but is typically about 60-65%. Table minimums are $25 or $50 and the maximum is higher than I ever bet (at least $2000). There are also a few six-deck games in the high-limit area with the same conditions as in the main pit.
As I mentioned several times before, a card counter cannot be...
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