In perhaps the most significant shift, an increasing number of casinos don’t allow the dealer to hold on “soft 17,” the term for a 17-point hand that includes an ace. Continuing the hand improves the house’s odds by about 0.2%. It doesn’t sound like much, but on a table that sees $100,000 in wagers on a given day, that adds $200 to the house’s take.
Of course, that’s not keeping me from a return trip in September with my brother. We’re staying here. I’ve found the best odds can still be found downtown.