Blackjack: The game it used to be?

October 29, 2009 | posted in Gambling News

Is blackjack still the game it used to be? Many enthusiasts, both at the professional and amateur level, complain that as a whole, the game has become worse over the last few years. You can attribute this to the Internet, and the wealth of knowledge now available at anyone’s fingertips, and how the casinos have responded as a result. New rules dilute the game and cripple the player’s chances of winning over the long run (something lost on those who only sit for 5 to 10 hands at a time and then scurry away).

Of course, an amateur’s idea of a good game varies wildly from someone who’s worried about deck penetration and whether it’s a six or eight-deck table. But they should be everyone’s concern. Does anyone want to play blackjack at a table where the dealer hits on 17, after all, even if you’re there for fun, it’s still only fun if you’re winning money. Otherwise you could just get drunk and watch the people go by for free.

So players, like in poker because of the economy, have slowly started moving away from the game. And the casinos are taking a big hit because of their greed. That’s not to say it’s all casinos, as there will always be those gems that offer good far games – they’re just not nearly as prevalent as they used to be. Nevertheless, if your main focus is to find a game you can compete at, if not “beat”, then you just have to do a bit of looking around.

But can you blame the casinos? Put yourself in their shoes. They know the information is out there, and it’s hurting their bottom line. This is a business you’re involved in, after all. So they have to find ways to counteract the card counting, shuffle tracking and advantage play. They do this, of course, by increase the number of decks or implementing certain rules that increase the house odds. Who knows, you might walk into your favorite place one day and see the eight-deck table replaced by a 10-decker. Don’t shake your head, it could happen.

What will really keep the casinos honest(ish) for now, is competition. Hitting up a casino boat in the middle of nowhere when the nearest gambling spot is 40 miles away is a loser’s bet. The casino has a demographic monopoly and can handicap the games without worrying about losing people to another spot. But in Vegas, where the next casino is 20 drunken stumbling steps in either direction, they can’t quite afford that luxury – unless everyone does the same thing.

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