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by KC Brooks

I have been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revere's "Playing Blackjack as a Business" when I was 15. The art of blackjack is a lifetime endeavor. I went through the learning process backwards, learning Revere's Advanced Point Count first. I found out early that the actual count system is only a small piece of the puzzle. Presently, I travel "my" Devils Triangle (Reno, Wendover, Vegas}, playing mainly single- and double-deck games. Hi Lo is my choice of strategies and "Professional Blackjack" by Wong is my bible. I worship a large spread, and have been known to wong everywhere I go. Thank God I haven't had to register as a wonger yet, but I am sure it is not too far off. I also help fellow AP Nick teach card counting at

Note: Casino observations were conducted in Feb. 2017.

This month I travel to Henderson to check out the blackjack action at one of my favorite casinos, Green Valley Ranch. I will also take a look at the gaming options at Fiesta Henderson on Lake Mead Parkway not to be confused with The Fiesta on the north side of town on North Rancho Drive.

GREEN VALLEY RANCH (2300 Paseo Verde Dr., Henderson, NV)

If you want to avoid the crowded craziness of the Strip, but still want the elegance of Bellagio, then Green Valley Ranch (GVR) would be an excellent choice. Located just off the 215 Freeway (Paseo Verde Exit), GVR is a five-star Mediterranean-inspired luxury resort; believe me when I say there is something for everyone.

Whether you are into shopping, gambling, or just relaxing poolside, GVR has it all. The District at Green Valley Ranch is an outdoor, urban-style retail and dining complex, only steps from the hotel entrance. The resort itself, offers a variety of dining options:

  • Hanks Steakhouse if you are in search of high-quality prime cuts of beef
  • iTides Seafood and Sushi if you are In the mood for seafood
  • The Feast Buffet, a fan favorite buffet, and
  • The Grand Café, open 24-hours with all kinds of meal options.

For fast food options, GVR offers:

  • Fatburger
  • Slice House
  • Capriotti's
  • Panda Express and
  • Starbucks, to name a few.

The casino has over 2200 slot and video machines and a variety of table games, including: craps, blackjack, pai gow, roulette, and Let-it-Ride. There is a 220 seat state-of-the-art Race and Sports Book; also on the premise are a smoke free 22-table poker room, a Keno room, and a 400 seat bingo hall.

There are four roulette tables and four craps tables. Three craps tables are 12-feet long and one table looks to be about 14-feet long. The table limits are $5-$5000; 3x4x5x odds are offered.

There are a variety of blackjack games available at GVR. There is one table of single- deck, 3:2 Freebet blackjack with table limits of $10-$1000, and one table of single-deck that pays 6:5 and should be avoided.

There are five tables of double-deck blackjack. Two are in the high-limit room and three on the main casino floor. The table limits are $5-$2000 in the main casino and $50-$3000 in the high -area. The dealer hits soft 17, and you can double after splitting. There is no mid-entry and the penetration is excellent; I counted 75 cards to the cut card. The game is pitched although I observed one table using a shoe. The penetration on the shoe was only a deck. Buyers beware: there are about a half dozen double-deck games that pay 6:5, so look before leaping.

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