Blackjack is undoubtedly the most popular casino game in Vegas. Pretty much every film will TV show involving gambling will involve some kind of blackjack. The game is relatively simple to play your main aim is to get as close to 21 as possible without busting. There are many different variations of the game including side games which can pay huge amounts of up to 10,000 times your bet but you should be aware the site claims often are far worse value for money than the standard game.
Other things to look out for in blackjack are the game rules as these affect the payout percentage given back to the player. For example, some casinos only pay odds of 3/2 hitting a blackjack where as others pay 2/1. Also some casinos require the dealer to hit on 16 while others it is 17 and some casinos require the dealer to hit on a soft 17 while others don’t. All these slight variations add up to slightly modify the overall payout percentage of the game. If you play perfect blackjack at a optimal table you can expect a payout percentage of up to 98.5% this means for every $100 you bet you get $98.50 back. Obviously this is only displayed in the long run this will obviously not happen every single hand as gambling would be very boring. You should also bear in mind that if you are playing with a loyalty card you make it slightly extra more in value such as free rooms or meals in the local restaurant.
If you wish to play games with optimal rules meaning the highest possible payout percentage you either need to go to casinos of the strip where there are relatively few tourists as the overheads in these casinos are much lower so they can afford to be more lax with the rules. Otherwise your only other option is to play in the highroller rooms of the big casinos. Since the minimum bets on these rooms are far higher the casino can afford the edge to be slightly smaller so if a casino has a 1% house edge in a game with $1000 minimum bet they are still making at least $10 per player per hand as opposed to a $20 table with a 3 percent house edge where they would make just $.60.
The main thing to bear in mind when playing blackjack on the strip is to sign up for a players card to get even more value and of course, to have fun. If you are simply in Vegas for a you week gambling holiday then don’t worry too much about it as you probably won’t get too much value out of a players card if you are just sticking to blackjack. Remember to tip the wait staff but don’t worry too much about tipping the dealers especially if you are on losing streak.