Discover 16 one-of-a-kind discoveries in the exclusive survey data of Las Vegas in 2021.

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Kristina and I devote countless hours each year to compiling numerous spreadsheets brimming with data on Las Vegas games. These meticulously crafted documents form the foundation of our extensive research for the Las Vegas Blackjack and Las Vegas Table Game surveys that we conduct.

In this year's surveys, we discovered 16 peculiar anomalies within the data. This article delves into these uncommon outliers.

In most cases, companies that possess several properties tend to enforce uniform rules across all their establishments. However, there are certain anomalies that deviate from this norm. These exceptions can manifest in various forms, such as unusually low table game limits or the presence of both exceptional and subpar games offered at lower betting limits. This compilation encompasses a collection of such peculiarities, highlighting the idiosyncrasies witnessed within the realm of multiple-property ownership.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace stands apart from its fellow Caesars Entertainment properties in numerous ways. One distinctive feature is its craps table, which boasts a unique rule: it pays triple on a roll of 12 on the field. This is in stark contrast to all the other Caesars Entertainment properties on the Las Vegas Strip, where the payout for a 12 is merely double.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Texas Station, one of the casino properties under a renowned Las Vegas company, has unfortunately been forced to close its doors. It is worth noting that this particular company stands out from the rest, as it is the only one that offers distinct field payouts at one of its casinos. In the past, visitors to Texas Station were delighted to discover that the casino paid triple on 12 on the field, a rather generous offer compared to its sister properties under the Station Casinos umbrella, where double payouts were the norm. However, with the temporary closure of Texas Station, patrons will have to seek alternative venues to enjoy their gambling endeavors.

At various Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas, I couldn't help but notice that the high limit blackjack games at Caesars Palace stand out due to their unique rules. Unlike the other establishments in town, these games have a few intriguing twists to keep players on their toes. In one of the games, which utilizes a double deck, players are allowed to double down after splitting their cards. This rule adds an extra layer of strategy and excitement to the gameplay. On the other hand, the second game, played with six decks, offers the opportunity to re-split aces. This particular rule allows players to further optimize their hands and potentially increase their chances of winning. It's worth mentioning that these special rules, such as double down after splitting and re-splitting aces, are not permitted in any of the other Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas, making the high limit blackjack games at Caesars Palace truly one-of-a-kind experiences.


During leisurely hours, players at Cromwell can enjoy a unique selection of table games that sets it apart from the usual offerings found at Caesars Entertainment establishments. One of the standout options is the single zero roulette table, where players can place bets starting at $25. This adds an exciting twist to the usual roulette experience and caters to those seeking a slightly higher stakes game. Additionally, Cromwell boasts a variety of blackjack tables with different deck configurations. For a mere $10, players can indulge in an eight-deck game with a 3:2 payout ratio, while during quieter times, they have the option of playing a double-deck game for just $15. It is worth noting that a 3:2 game typically requires a minimum bet of $25 at Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas. However, if you find yourself at Paris or Rio during off-peak hours, you may stumble upon the same game with a lower minimum bet of $10.

The Cromwell casino in Las Vegas offers the most generous craps odds, a whopping 100 times, while other Caesars casinos in the same city have odds of 3-4-5 times.

MGM Resorts casinos offering no blackjack games with a 3:2 payout ratio in their gambling areas.

I'll let you in on a little secret about the blackjack games in Las Vegas. You'll find that most of the casinos in MGM Resorts offer a 3:2 blackjack game right on the main floor. The minimum bet for these tables is typically set at $25, but keep in mind that at Aria, it can go as high as $50. However, there are two exceptions to this rule, and they are Park MGM and Luxor. If you're looking to play a 3:2 blackjack game at these casinos, you'll have to make your way to the high limit salon. Once there, you'll find the tables you're looking for, but be prepared to start with a minimum bet of $100.

Treasure Island pitted against the grandeur of Circus Circus.

In 2019, the purchase of Circus Circus by the proprietor of Treasure Island took place. Within a short period, Circus Circus decided to eliminate triple zero roulette from their offerings, only to reinstate it in 2020. Moreover, they made the decision to change their blackjack payouts to 6:5 during the same year. Interestingly, Circus Circus stands as the singular casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip that adopts the 6:5 payout ratio for all blackjacks. Conversely, Treasure Island has chosen not to offer triple zero roulette, instead providing $10 3:2 blackjack, which offers additional features such as re-splitting aces and the option to surrender.

Poker Palace offers a diverse selection of table games at both ends of the spectrum.

In North Las Vegas, there is a delightful establishment known as Poker Palace, where one can find not one, but two captivating table games awaiting their turn to be played. These two games, my dear reader, are none other than the illustrious blackjack tables, situated at opposite ends of the thrilling blackjack spectrum. Now, let me regale you with the fascinating tale of these two games. The first one, priced at a mere $1 and featuring a double deck, offers the enticing prospect of even money on a blackjack. Ah, but here's the twist, my friend – it has earned itself a notorious reputation, for it has found its way onto our infamous Worst Las Vegas Blackjack article. On the other hand, the second game, a $3 six-deck wonder, has captured the hearts of many and has been deemed worthy of gracing our esteemed Best Las Vegas Blackjack post. You see, this game allows players the rare opportunity to double down on not just one, but two or three cards, both before and after splitting. Quite the exhilarating experience, wouldn't you agree?

$5 3:2 blackjack games offering the options of surrender and re-splitting aces.

During our investigation for the annual Las Vegas Blackjack Survey, we stumbled upon a precious gem: $5 3:2 blackjack tables that offer both surrender and re-split aces. Locating such a rarity is no easy feat, but we managed to uncover a handful of these elusive tables. Among the fortunate establishments that offer this combination are Cannery, Downtown Grand, and Ellis Island. Additionally, The Strat pleasantly surprised us by dealing $5 3:2 blackjack with these favorable rules during off-peak hours.

Table games below $5

In the vast city of Las Vegas, amidst the glamorous and high-stake table games, there remain a handful of options that cater to those seeking more affordable entertainment. One can still stumble upon Big Wheel tables, where the minimum bet is set at a modest sum of $5. These tables, as mentioned earlier, can be found in the Poker Palace section. Additionally, if you venture to Oyo or Downtown Grand, you will discover $1 blackjack games that offer even money payouts. However, if you're on the lookout for an even better deal, Jerry's Nugget is the place to be, as they offer the enticing opportunity to engage in 3:2 blackjack games for a mere $3.

Affordable Las Vegas table games with a price tag below $5.


  • Club Fortune: $1
  • Jerry’s Nugget: $3

Double zero roulette

  • Jerry’s Nugget: $0.25
  • Cannery: $1
  • Club Fortune: $2
  • Railroad Pass: $2
  • Gold Coast: $3

Heads Up Hold’em

  • Jerry’s Nugget: $2

Wild 5 Poker

  • Cannery: $3

No roulette, only craps.

In Las Vegas, there are two renowned casinos where you can indulge in the thrilling game of craps. However, if you're looking to try your luck at roulette, you won't find it at either of these establishments. The first casino, Rampart, doesn't even offer an electronic version of the game, focusing solely on the excitement of craps. On the other hand, Silver Sevens does have a unique feature in its pit - video roulette. So, if you're a fan of the spinning wheel, Silver Sevens might just be the place for you.

Roulette, excluding craps.

Tuscany is the sole casino in Las Vegas that offers roulette but does not feature live craps, although they do have a few solitary craps machines near the gaming area.

Gambling establishments lacking an authentic 3:2 blackjack offering.

Only Binion's, Circus Circus, and Four Queens stand apart from the rest of the major casino properties when it comes to dealing a traditional 3:2 blackjack game. If you happen to visit Binion's or Four Queens, keep an eye out for the distinctive signs indicating the availability of 3:2 blackjack tables. However, it's worth noting that these tables come with a slight variation that mandates a $1 side bet in order to participate.

Blackjack rules at AlamoMost peculiar (unfavorable) regulations for playing blackjack.

Located directly opposite Silverton, the Alamo Truck Stop houses a blackjack game that stands out for all the wrong reasons. Unlike other establishments in Las Vegas, it boasts the dubious honor of being the lone four-deck blackjack table in the city. However, this peculiarity is not the only factor that sets it apart from the rest. The game's payout ratio is an abysmal 6:5, falling far below the standard. Moreover, players face strict limitations, as they are only allowed to double down on hands totaling 10 or 11. The option to double down after splitting is entirely off the table. Adding to the unfavorable conditions, the dealer is instructed to hit on a soft 17, putting players at a disadvantage. Additionally, aces cannot be split again, and surrendering is not an option. These unfavorable rules result in a house edge of approximately 2.28%, making it an unwelcome choice for discerning players seeking a fair and balanced game.

Harrah’s offers a selection of three monopoly game tables.

I've got some fascinating news about the casino scene in Las Vegas! You see, out of all the casinos in the city, Harrah's is the only one that offers the thrilling game called Deuces Joker Wild. Usually, when a casino has the exclusivity on a particular table game, it means they only have one table dedicated to it. However, Harrah's has gone above and beyond by introducing not just one, but three tables of DJ Wild! It's quite remarkable to see them expanding their offerings and catering to the preferences of their enthusiastic players. This move is sure to attract even more visitors who are eager to try their luck and experience the excitement of Deuces Joker Wild at Harrah's.

Plaza and Cromwell's roulette game with only one zero

In the realm of high-stakes gambling, single zero roulette reigns supreme within the opulent confines of exclusive salons. The sight of this coveted variant in the bustling pits of a casino is as rare as a glittering diamond in the rough. At the vibrant Plaza, one can indulge in the thrill of single zero roulette for a mere $10, a tantalizing invitation for those seeking a taste of luxury without breaking the bank. Meanwhile, the prestigious Cromwell caters to the elite, offering the exquisite experience of single zero roulette at a higher entry fee of $25. As for the rest of the Las Vegas establishments, they raise the stakes even further, demanding a minimum bet of at least $100 to partake in the captivating allure of single zero roulette.

Venetian offers a trio of exclusive games.

Unlike most casinos, the Venetian stands out as an exception due to its ownership of several games that are currently featured on its bustling casino floor. Blazing Bullseye, Prosperity 3 Pictures, and Super Baccarat are among the exclusive games that the Venetian proudly possesses. Interestingly, the Palazzo, a sister property of the Venetian, also deals the highly sought-after Super Baccarat. What's even more enticing is that all of these captivating games have a minimum bet requirement of just $10, making them accessible and appealing to a wide range of eager gamblers.

Circa's stance regarding the 17 variations of blackjack game

During our extensive research for the Las Vegas Blackjack Survey over the past ten years, we had never come across a blackjack game in downtown Las Vegas that adheres to the rule of standing on all 17's. However, everything changed this year when Circa, the renowned establishment that opened its doors in October, introduced a high limit salon featuring a six-deck blackjack game where the dealer stands on all 17's. What sets this game apart is not only its rarity but also the fact that the minimum bet required to participate is a substantial $100.