TO THE EDITOR OF CASINO PLAYER
by Donald Schlesinger
Editor's Note: In my blackjack column in the October issue ofCasino Player magazine, I ranted about the poor blackjack playing conditions on the Strip. My column stirred a lot of responses from my peers (and players). Donald Schlesinger, who was recently inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, sent the note below to the Editor of Casino Player magazine. (His note was subsequently published in the December issue of CP.) I thought you would enjoy reading Don's opinion is on the abominable blackjack games on the Strip and the players who play them.
To the Editor:
What's the point? Well, 6-5 blackjack has been a staple on the Las Vegas Strip for more than a decade, and, if anything, has proliferated during that period. And what have players done to send a message to casinos that they won't tolerate such shabby treatment and such a disgusting distortion of the rules of the game? Absolutely nothing! Have they voted with their wallets? Nope. Have they stopped patronizing tables that offer 6-5? On the contrary, players flock to these tables, which often don't have an empty seat! Bottom line, readers: next time you come back from Las Vegas, having lost money playing blackjack at tables that pay 6-5 for a natural, ask yourself how much of that loss was caused by bad luck and how much was caused by the utter stupidity of your agreeing to play the game in the first place.
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