ST. LOUIS 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.
Casinos in St. Louis, MO visited in April include:
St. Louis has been an enjoyable place for me to play blackjack over the years. Since I only travel there every few months, at most, and usually play short sessions, I am able to avoid overexposure. Even though I am identified as an advantage player, by spreading my action over several casinos, I have generally been able to return and play without countermeasures being taken (or only acceptable countermeasures being taken). Remember: in Missouri, a payer cannot be barred from playing based solely on card counting. The casinos can and do take countermeasures, but in general, compared to many of the overly paranoid, counter-hostile, casinos in Las Vegas, the Missouri casinos are a pleasant surprise.
On my recent visits, I was able to play at Hollywood, Lumiere and Ameristar on the Missouri side. (Note: There are three other casinos in the area that I did not visit on this trip: Casino Queen, Ameristar, Argosy, and River City.)
St. Louis Logistics
The logistics of the St. Louis casinos is not particularly amenable to someone trying to hop around. Hollywood and Ameristar are fairly close together (within 5 miles) on the west side of the metropolitan area. Lumiere is about 25 miles east of Hollywood in the heart of downtown. Casino Queen is right across the river (less than half mile from Lumiere as the crow flies but requires a tortuous drive through a less-than-affluent area). Argosy is about 15 miles north of downtown, and River City about 10 miles south.
Hollywood in Maryland Heights
This is the former Harrah's casino. Fairly recently, Hollywood double-deck rules changed for the better. DAS is allowed, double on any two cards allowed, and you can resplit aces. This is a big improvement because the house advantage was nearly cut in half. Current conditions are:...
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