Hooters was the last casino anywhere near the Las Vegas Strip that offered single deck blackjack that paid 3-2. That game is no longer available at Hooters. In fact, there are no more blackjack tables that pay 3-2 at all inside the casino, located just east of the Las Vegas Strip next to Tropicana.
The move is unusual by an off-Strip casino. Most comparable establishments offer gamblers a reason to venture away from Las Vegas Blvd. This usually includes gambling that is far superior to larger resorts.
The blackjack at Hooters is now worse than any casino with a Las Vegas Blvd address. Hard Rock Casino is the only other off-Strip property in the area that can compete with it in terms of offering terrible games. At least Hard Rock still spreads a high limit blackjack game that pays 3-2.
Hooters offers no such game. That casino even downgraded its video blackjack to 6-5, something that is common along the Las Vegas Strip these days.
Alternatives to Playing 6-5 Blackjack at Hooters
Hooters has long been a value option for Las Vegas tourists looking for decent gambling and a cheap hotel room. Players will now need to venture off the property to find a good blackjack game. There are a few options within walking distance.
MGM Grand Offers Great Video Blackjack
MGM Grand recently installed a $2 Interblock video blackjack machine. It is between the second pit and craps by the bar. It is two-sided with three seats on each side. The machine pays 3-2 on blackjack. It has double down before and after splitting. Surrender is also available. The dealer hits soft 17.
NY-NY Still Has Tables That Pay 3:2 Blackjack
New York New York still has one $10 live blackjack table that pays 3-2 and allows double down before and after splitting. The dealer hits soft 17. It is in the back pit past the craps tables. There are three $25 tables in that pit, two of which are double deck with the same rules.
Try Your Luck at Tuscany and Ellis Island
Maybe it’s time to build a relationship with another casino where comps may be earned off this level of play. Tuscany and Ellis Island are just east of the Strip and offer $5 blackjack games that pay 3-2 and have decent rules. Tuscany permits re-split aces and surrender.
Stay Downtown at Locals’ Casinos
Another possibility is to stay in downtown Las Vegas or at a locals’ casino. Most of these casinos offer blackjack with great rules. Binion’s is the notable exception to this rule.
Our 2018 Las Vegas Blackjack Survey is being prepared this month. It will go live in January. It will include nearly all Las Vegas casinos. We will also have a separate table game summary next month.