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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 September 2017.

This month I hit the Strip to check on the blackjack action at The Cromwell casino, which is located on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road The Cromwell is a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Las Vegas.

When The Cromwell first opened I was very impressed with the overall design and layout of the casino. I viewed it as a fairly high-end joint; however, I found the place lacking in playable blackjack games. There were, like most places on the Strip, lots of 6:5 games, and the only decent games had a posted $50 to $100 minimum bets. I am happy to report there have been some significant changes for the good (for a change).

There are 188 rooms at The Cromwell, which is small by Las Vegas standards, along with a 40,000 square foot casino, a trendy night club, and a celebrity restaurant. Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub is a 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor club, which is located eleven stories above the Strip. Giada De Laurentiis is a Food Network star, who opened Giada-The Restaurant in June of 2014. It is extremely popular, usually crowded, and very difficult to get a table; reservations are definitely recommended. Giada's offers Italian Classics with unparalleled views of the Strip. It is the only restaurant inside The Cromwell; however, Eatwell serves as your 24-hour hunger cure, offering pizza salads and sandwiches.

The Cromwell's 40,000 square foot casino is broken up into two sections, which I will call the front pit and the back pit. There is a beautiful bar separating the front and the back. On my two visits, only the front pit was opened. There are three crap tables up front, one in the back, two roulette tables in front, and three in the back. There are 440 slots and video poker machines.

The craps' tables are twelve footers and 100x odds are offered; table limits are $10-$5000. One of the roulette tables in the front pit is of the European variety with only a "single zero" on the wheel; table minimum was $25. .

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