After a very rough year (not just for Las Vegas, but for everyone), open casino tables are a welcome sight. And it’s not only the poker tables and slot machines drawing people to downtown Las Vegas casinos every night. With great odds and low table limits, it’s no surprise gamblers are heading to downtown Las Vegas to try their hand at blackjack.
If you’re planning the ultimate date night, heading to Sin City for your bachelor party, engaging in some harmless day drinking or simply looking to spend a few hours courting Lady Luck in the casino, downtown has the best blackjack in Las Vegas. Check out these top spots:
Hottest Dancing Dealers – Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
There’s really nothing better than an exciting game of blackjack dealt by beautiful dancing dealers at the Golden Gate. Dressed in tasseled brassieres and skirts, these dealers don’t just show off their card-shuffling skills. Their dance moves and quick wit will take your blackjack experience to a whole new level.
They’ve got blackjack with 3-2 odds, a house edge of 0.64 percent on most tables, $5 minimums and six-deck games that allow players to double down before and after splitting.
You can also play $10 Free Bet blackjack in which the player doesn’t have to risk his or her own money when splitting or doubling down. We’d keep going, but you’re probably already on your way there.
Best Poolside Blackjack – Circa Resort & Casino
If you haven’t seen Stadium Swim at Circa yet, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re looking for a live poolside blackjack table, even better! The stunning pool area has six pools which are tiered to view the massive 40-foot tall high-definition screen displayed for Stadium Swim guests. This way, you can soak up the sun, cool off in the refreshing water, catch a game on the big screen and place a bet at the nearby blackjack tables.
The blackjack tables at Stadium Swim pay 6-5 odds. Although there are tables with 3-2 odds inside the casino, enjoying the amazing pool atmosphere on a hot Vegas day is well worth it.
Best Party Pit Blackjack – The D Las Vegas
The D crowd is energetic, the casino floor is jam-packed and the tables are always sizzling. Many blackjack players prefer The D because of the action-packed, boisterous atmosphere and enthusiastic crew. Keep placing your bets and you’ll also enjoy the fastest drink refills here.
We’re not done yet. At The D, all blackjack games pay 3-2 odds and they’re dealt by, you guessed it, sexy dancing dealers.
When gambling at The D, you have the option to play double-deck or six-deck games with $10 minimum bets. They also offer Free Bet, Super Fun 21 and Buster Blackjack. The house edge on some tables is as low as 0.46 percent, so it’s one of the best spots to place your blackjack bets in downtown Las Vegas.
Lowest Minimum Bet on Fremont – California Hotel & Casino
Are you in Las Vegas or Hawaii? It’s hard to tell here. At the California Hotel & Casino, also known as “the ninth island,” the aloha vibe spreads right through to the casino floor. Blackjack players come for the laid-back atmosphere and low table limits.
They offer both traditional blackjack and six-deck blackjack with minimum bets at some tables as low as $3! With a whopping 14 blackjack tables with 3-2 odds and a low house edge of just 0.60 percent on their casino floor, look for an open seat at The Cal if you’re on a budget.
Best Progressive Side Bet – Fremont Hotel & Casino
If it’s King’s Bounty blackjack you’re looking for, Fremont is the only casino in downtown Las Vegas that offers this progressive side bet. If you place the King’s Bounty wager and are dealt two king-of-spades, you’re in for a big payout!
It’s not just the low-limit blackjack that makes Fremont Hotel & Casino such a stellar place to play. It’s located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas making it the best spot if you want to be in the middle of all the Fremont Street Experience action.
Stop by Fremont for blackjack games offering a house edge of 0.60 percent, free drinks while you play and their famous 99-cent shrimp cocktail. Seriously, it’s vintage Vegas as its best.
Fastest Cocktail & Beer Refills – Main Street Station Casino
Main Street Station Casino might be Sin City’s best-kept secret. HAving their own brewery too puts them on the list for fastest table service on Fremont Street.
The casino has a charming, Victorian-era vibe and is filled with rare antiques, making Main Street Station one of the most noteworthy gambling stops in Las Vegas.
Head to Main Street Station for $5-minimum single and double deck blackjack with 3-2 odds and a low house edge of 0.60 percent.
If you want to play blackjack with a twist, the casino also offers Super Fun 21. This popular variation of the traditional game allows players to automatically win if their hand has six cards or more with a total of 20, even if the dealer has a blackjack. Hardcore players tend to skip the side bet due to the house edge, but fun is fun. “Fun” is right in the name, after all.
Best Variety of Blackjack Games – Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Whether you’re a seasoned player or a blackjack newbie, Golden Nugget has something for everyone with a low house edge of 0.55 percent on several tables. They offer traditional blackjack and all sorts of variations, from Free Bet to Super Fun 21 to Bonus Spin blackjack.
More casual blackjack players will appreciate the $5, $10 and $15 tables on the main casino floor that also pay 3-2 odds.
Best High-Limit Blackjack – Circa Resort & Casino
The High Limits gaming room at Circa is where the best blackjack options are in the entire casino. If you have a bigger gambling budget, look for this room hidden away in a corner on the second floor of the resort. There, you’ll find the only downtown Las Vegas six-deck blackjack games where the dealers do not hit on a soft 17.
In other words, the dealer will always stand on a 17 hand in which an Ace is being counted as 11. The house edge increases slightly when dealers hit on a soft 17, so players have an advantage when dealers stand. Match with a 17 and the best the dealer can do is push.