Where Do We Want To Gamble?
Poolside blackjack looks fun was an open-ended comment on a quick video from Red Rock Casino. I’ve played it before and had a great time.
I always find gambling outside to be a fun time. The games can be video poker at Carousel Bar at Plaza or blackjack by the pool at Red Rock.
Come take a seat at our poolside tables. They’re open! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/T9D0K4dKpF— Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa Las Vegas (@redrockcasino) July 28, 2023
Like much of the property, the pool complex at Red Rock is fantastic. There are numerous pools with ample seating and cabanas, a covered bar and restaurant, and during the summer they have a few blackjack tables.
The pool area at Red Rock also has concerts, foodie events and watch parties on some nights. For anyone unfamiliar, it’s a great feature at the property and is better than some pools on the Vegas Strip.
Comments on the video above varied. Some love Red Rock and gambling outside in general. As you’d imagine there were pervy comments.
Since I cover gambling regularly, there were plenty of comments that the blackjack games pay 6:5 for a natural blackjack. No shit.
Every casino in Las Vegas with outdoor blackjack deals a 6:5 game. Depending on the casino this has been the case for at least a decade and probably longer.
I don’t mind playing a lesser blackjack game if the environment is fun.
6:5 Payout Is A “Tax” – Blackjack
As someone said years ago, the 6:5 payout for a natural blackjack is often a “tax” or penalty for playing in a certain environment. The payout is more widespread today but the idea still stands up.
In Red Rock’s case, there are 3:2 blackjack games inside the casino if I’d like to forgo the outdoor environment for air conditioning. Not all casinos with outdoor blackjack have this option.
The 6:5 payout for a natural blackjack was introduced more than 20 years ago (note LVA). This is when casinos swapped the traditional 3:2 payout when a player is dealt a natural blackjack.
This rule adds about 1.4% to the house edge blackjack games offer. Nobody that grew up playing 3:2 blackjack at affordable limits likes the game.
Vegas veterans know where to find the good games. New visitors and players can visit vegasadvantage.com for great blackjack info.
What Do You Look For When Gambling In Las Vegas?
I’m more interested in how people gamble when they visit Las Vegas.
What’s important to you when gambling in Las Vegas? Is it the payout, location, casino rewards, or something else?
My gambling habits have changed a lot over the years since most of the people I know don’t care about gambling odds.
One group of friends visiting a couple of years ago sat down at the only 6:5 blackjack table at El Cortez because there was room at the table for everyone. I joined because I like to be with the people I know when they visit. I just managed my bankroll tighter than usual.
Sometimes friends just want to hit the tables after a nice dinner. The casinos with some of the best restaurants happen to only deal 6:5 blackjack for the limits we play.
There are also those who just want to gamble in what they deem nicer casinos. They’d never be caught dead in Treasure Island just to play a 3:2 blackjack game. It’s more important to be in the newest or nicest casinos in town. It’s also less convenient since that isn’t a casino they’d visit otherwise.
It makes sense for tourists to want to play in the kind of environment they can’t get anywhere else.
Those are some real-life examples of how people I know gamble. Everyone I know visiting Las Vegas is a recreational gambler. They’re not playing big money and the house edge doesn’t matter as much.
My gambling habits have changed a lot over the years. I recently started playing video poker at a local bar with lesser paytables than nearby casinos because it’s closer to my house.
Convenience and Service At The Bar
The convenience and service at the bar outweigh losing a couple of percentage points on the returns. Ironically, I hit more Royal Flushes at this bar (2) in the past two months than I have playing the 8:5 Bonus Poker I normally play in casinos in the past five years.
Do you always stick to the games with the best returns, regardless of location? Is traveling to the casinos with better returns worth the time and money?
Is where you gamble more important than the returns? Do you like gambling outdoors?
There are countless reasons to play better and worse games. Where do you stand? Drop a comment below or @travelzork.
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