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El Cortez Single Deck

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by EarthBowser, May 5, 2014.

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  1. EarthBowser

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    I'll be going to Vegas soon and was hoping to visit the El Cortez for the first time. I'll have some friends with me who will have a lower bankroll, so I was looking forward to a lower limit game with good rules. I did have a couple questions though for anyone who has played there recently.

    I noticed on the Wizard of Vegas Blackjack survey, the Cortez's single deck game went from having a .18% house edge to a .3% house edge. Does anyone know why that is? Did the rules change at all? All I can think of is that the .18% assumed that hitting split aces was allowed which I doubt is actually allowed. I suppose if anyone knows exactly what the current rules are, that would help.

    Also do they always keep the single deck tables at $5 minimum, or do they raise it on the weekends? Along the same lines, are the tables always quite crowded? Are we going to be fighting for seats? How many single deck tables do they usually have open?

    I've also been told it's a pitch game, but they deal it out of a shoe... That seems kind of weird. Can anyone confirm that?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Not a "pitch" game - it is dealt from a shoe. It has always been a $5 table every time I've been in there.
    I always play the 2-deck game there, as they allow DAS & the single deck does not. I can't recall if they allow doubling on any two cards...might be 9,10 & 11 only.
    The 2deck game is a $3 min., and it always is (as far as I know). It is also dealt from a shoe, 3:2, H17, double-any-two, DAS, no surrender or RSA.
     
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    The game is indeed dealt from a shoe. It is, however, dealt face down, and you do handle and tuck your cards, as if it were a pitch game. I can't recall ever seeing them bump a $5 table up to a $10 table, nor can I recall ever having any trouble whatsoever getting a seat at a $5 table.
    If memory serves ( I was there in late Feb), one pit had a couple $5 SD games and a $25 SD game, and the other pit had at least one additional $5 game.
    In addition, I think they pretty consistently have $3 and $5 DD games that aren't half bad.
    I don't think you and your friends will have a problem with a dearth of seats at the $5 tables.

    Not sure about the increased house edge. I took a look at an old version of the Wizard's blackjack survey page on archive.org, and the rules haven't changed. Might be a typo, might be a more accurate number. In any event, it's STILL the best game you're going to find within a reasonable radius of downtown, by far.
     
  4. EarthBowser

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    Thank you for the responses! Very informative.

    We'll be arriving in Vegas on a Saturday, but hopefully we'll be able to grab some seats at the single deck for ourselves.

    Yeah, using that archive.org site, I'm seeing that the blackjack survey was saying it was a .19% house advantage as early back as May 1st. Nothing was mentioned about it in the latest update, either. I'll assume it was just a typo.

    Seems strange that they would deal a single deck game from a shoe, but I suppose that prevents people from peeking at the cards as easily. Am I right in assuming there is no cut card and they just deal a certain amount of hands?
     
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    The will always have at least one $5 single deck table, usually more. If you go during the week or during the morning or afternoon, you will have less of a chance of waiting for something to open up. Even if all the seats at the $5 tables are taken, there is usually a fairly high turnover rate as most players are recreational players and do not stay for hours on end.
     
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    It might be because the Wizard factored in the "cut card effect" for this game.

    http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/blackjack/18077-hacienda-removes-all-table-games/2/#post356215

    Regardless, it's still one of the best games you'll be able to find downtown, but I've heard they really sweat counters though.
     
  7. EarthBowser

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    Thank you for showing me that post, that would be the reason why.

    Yeah, I've heard they sweat counters pretty hard too. I just be there having fun with my friends, though. I'm sure I'll vary my bets up and down though, but I plan to just play basic strategy. I doubt they'd sweat that, would they?
     
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    Maybe I played with you? Lol I was there last week had a great time on single deck table!
     
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