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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: ALIANTE AND CANNERY CASINOS

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 www.Blackjackclassroom.com.

Note: Casino observations were conducted July 2017.

This month I take a look at two recent acquisitions by Boyd Gaming: Aliante, and The Cannery casinos. Both casinos are located in North Las Vegas. Aliante is the furthest North, just off Hwy. 215; the Cannery is located off of I-15 North on Craig road. Aliante was once owned by Stations Corporation, and had some of the best double-deck games in town.

Before I begin with the above two properties, I want to update you on some information on the Eastside Cannery, which I reported on last month (Eastside cannery is located on Boulder Hwy. in Las Vegas), The casino has removed one of the progressive Pai Gow games and replaced it with a "Free Bet" blackjack game. They have also taken the Royal 20's game out of commission, and one of the double-deck games. The tables are still on the floor, but they are not in service. I was told that they will be back after summer. (However, I have my doubts.)

Aliante Casino (7300 Aliante Parkway.)

Aliante has always been one of my favorite casinos to play. Unfortunately (for me), it is about a 70 mile round trip from my home. The casino reminds me a lot of Red Rock's blackjack games, but with better penetration.

There are over 200 rooms and suites, pool, spa, along with a 24-hour fitness center. Furthermore, on the premise is a 16-screen cinema, including an IMAX theater. The Aliante golf course is within walking distance. The Aliante can definitely be considered kid friendly, and very blackjack friendly.

The casino offers more than 2000 slot and video poker machines, three roulette tables; three 12-foot craps tables, Pai Gow Poker, and a few other carnival games. There are 16 double-deck blackjack tables, three single-deck, and four six-deck games.

Table games are in the front part of the casino, divided into three pits. The sports book, bingo, cinema, and food court are located in the back of the casino.

Craps offers 10x odds, and $5-$1000 betting limits.

The double-deck games have $5-$500 table limits and the following rules; dealer hits soft 17, you can double after splitting, and re-split aces. There is no mid-entry, and the penetration is great, usually 68-73 cards to the cut card (i.e., 65-70%).

The six-deck shoe games offer the same rules with the following exceptions...

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