We set out to find the best place to find cheap blackjack in Las Vegas for $5.00. After arriving in Vegas one Saturday evening in January and filling our bellies with the Rio Buffet, we set out on our. Best Las Vegas Strip Blackjack The Strat is the best Las Vegas Strip casino for blackjack. It offers $5 3:2 blackjack during the day that goes to $10 during busier hours. These shoe games offer double down.
For a low roller on a budget, finding a $5 minimum table is cold glass of water in an arid desert. As Vegas continues to evolve, there are only a few bastions of low rollerdom offering true $5 minimums consistently. $10 is the new $5 for Vegas table games. But if you’re willing to expand your bankroll, Vegas, even on the Strip, has plenty of options to accommodate your play.
Below you’ll find a list of Strip, DTLV and nearby off-Strip casinos spreading games with true $5 minimums. I don’t include the likes of three card poker or Ultimate Texas Hold’em because those may require multiple bets to complete each hand.
I used to curate this list thanks to frequent visits every year. Alas, my trips are now few and far between. To keep this page going, the information below has been pulled, with permission, from Vegas Advantage table games surveys. The Vegas Advantage, operated by John and Kristina Mehaffey, is an invaluable resource for Vegas visitors and offers the most comprehensive breakdown of game limits across Las Vegas.
For this update, we decided to also include $10 tables should your bankroll allow.
Most Las Vegas Strip casinos deal a $10 6:5 blackjack game. The list below includes other games, including ones with a lower blackjack limit. The limits noted are most likely to be found during mornings and afternoons.
Bellagio: $10 roulette (000)
Circus Circus: $5 roulette (000), $10 roulette (00)
Cromwell: $10 roulette (00), $10 craps
Encore: $10 craps
Excalibur: $10 roulette (000), $10 craps and crapless craps
Cash explosion hosts. Luxor: $10 craps
Mandalay Bay: $10 roulette (000)
MGM Grand: $10 craps
Mirage: $10 roulette (000), $10 craps
Palazzo: $10 craps
Park MGM: $10 roulette (000), $10 craps
Sahara: $5 craps, $5 roulette (00)
The Strat: $5 roulette (00 and 000), $5 3:2 and 6:5 blackjack, $10 craps and crapless craps
Treasure Island: $10 3:2 blackjack
Tropicana: $10 roulette (000), $10 craps
Wynn: $10 roulette (000), $10 craps
Sahara is my choice for quality $5 craps. A nice casino with solid dining options to celebrate after a good session. Plus, it’s accessible via the Monorail.TFB
Binions: $5 6:5 blackjack and variants, $5 craps, $5 roulette (00 and 000)
California: $5 roulette (00), $10 craps, $10 3:2 double deck blackjack
Downtown Grand: $1 blackjack (even money), $5 3:2 blackjack, $10 craps, $10 roulette (00)
El Cortez: $5 roulette (00), $10 craps, $10 3:2 blackjack
Fremont: $10 craps, $10 roulette (00) and $10 3:2 double deck blackjack
Four Queens: $5 6:5 blackjack and variants, $5 craps, $5 roulette (00 and 000)
Golden Gate: $10 3:2 blackjack, $10 craps and $10 roulette (00)
Plaza: $10 3:2 blackjack, $10roulette (0 and 00), $10 craps
The D: $10 roulette (00), $10 3:2 blackjack
Downtown Grand remains my home downtown for lowkey gambling at accessible limits.TFB
Ellis Island: $5 3:2 blackjack, $5 craps, $5 roulette (00)
Gold Coast: $3 roulette (00), $10 craps, $10 3:2 double and six-deck blackjack
Orleans: $5 roulette (00), $10 craps, $10 3:2 double and six-deck blackjack
Oyo: $1 blackjack (even money), $5 6:5 blackjack, $5 craps, $5 roulette (00), $10 3:2 blackjack
Palace Station: $10 3:2 double deck blackjack, $10 craps, $10 roulette (00)
Rio: $10 craps, $10 roulette (00), $10 3:2 blackjack
Silverton: $10 3:2 blackjack, $10 craps, $10 roulette (00)
South Point: $5 3:2 blackjack, $5 roulette (00), $5 craps
Ellis Island continues to have a strong hold on low rollers near the Strip. It’s easy to get to, the games are cheap, and the owners are active in the Vegas online community.TFB
Electronic: While certainly not the same as sitting down at a live table and holding real chips in your hand, these can be a great alternative in the evening when limits go up. Electronic blackjack and my favorite, Shoot-to-Win craps, can be found in numerous casinos and be played at low stakes.
Stadium gaming: Additionally, stadium gambling is a worthwhile option for a social and laid back gambling experience. No need to worry about buying in the middle of a roll, missing a hand or two or leaving in the middle of a shoe.
The best choice for stadium gaming on the Las Vegas Strip is at Treasure Island. It offers $1 3:2 blackjack during the week. It is $3 on weekends. It also has $3 double zero roulette.John Mehaffey
To see more games, expanded limits and locations, head to Vegas Advantage. I’m extremely appreciative of their willingness to partner with me to keep this list updated. Best of luck out there!
Best Blackjack Tables In Vegas
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While some gamblers write off cheap, low limit blackjack as a waste of time, many seek out opportunities to play a game that can stretch a bankroll. In addition to conserving money, blackjack games with a $1, $2, or $3 minimum bet can be a useful tool for new players who are learning the game. Others simply enjoy grinding a cheap table while accumulating free drinks.
Note that although cheap blackjack can be appealing, game rules are often less player-friendly than tables with higher minimums which amplifies the casino’s house edge. Most players don’t mind that though… after all, the house edge doesn’t sting as painfully when betting as little as $1 per hand.
We thought it would be helpful to put together a guide to help players seeking low limits find casinos offering the cheapest blackjack in Vegas.
Table game stakes are fluid and can change quickly. We’ll do our best to keep the list updated, but recommend calling ahead or checking the casino’s website to ensure low limit blackjack is being offered when you plan to stop in.
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Cheap Blackjack on (and near) the Las Vegas Strip
OYO: Offering the only live $1 blackjack game on (well, near) the Las Vegas Strip, OYO uses this low limit game to incentivize players staying at Strip resorts to stop in. At a mere 10-15 minute walk from resorts like MGM Grand and Tropicana, OYO should be on the to-do list of visitors seeking low limit blackjack.
TI: Although not a “traditional” blackjack game, TI offers cheap stadium blackjack at a $2 minimum bet on weekdays and $5 on the weekends.
$5 Blackjack on the Strip: Although not “ultra-cheap”, Strat, Excalibur, and Luxor all offer $5 minimum blackjack on the Strip. Venetian deals a $5 minimum stadium blackjack game as well.
$5 Blackjack Near the Strip: Take the short walk to Ellis Island, located behind Bally’s and you will find $5 minimum blackjack that pays 3:2.
Cheap Blackjack Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Grand: Located just steps away from the Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck) offers $1 blackjack daily from 11 am – 3 am daily.
Fremont: Positioned in the center of the Fremont Street Experience, Fremont offers a $3 blackjack game which tends to be a popular draw.
California: Tucked back a block off of Fremont Street, The Cal deals a live $3 blackjack game.
Note that most downtown Las Vegas casinos also offer $5 blackjack games, especially at non-peak times.
Cheap Blackjack Away From the Strip
Joker’s Wild: Located about 10 miles from the Strip in Henderson, Joker’s Wild offers players a $3 minimum blackjack game 7 days a week. Note: Joker’s Wild has temporarily closed their table game pit.
Poker Palace Casino: Worth a mention, Poker Palace Casino, located in North Las Vegas offers a $2 blackjack game. A solid value for those looking for an inexpensive game.
Jerry’s Nugget: Located in North Las Vegas, Jerry’s Nugget deals a $3 minimum blackjack game daily.
Note that even if $1, $2, or $3 blackjack isn’t offered, most locals casinos do offer $5 minimum games.
Video Blackjack: Although the authentic feel of chips, cards, felt, and a live dealer are missing, bartop and electronic blackjack games often allow low minimum bets and are offered at most Vegas casinos. Like their live counterparts that also feature low minimums, rules for low limit electronic blackjack often amplify the house edge. Even with an exaggerated house advantage, a cheap bartop blackjack game can be a good way to string together a number of complimentary cocktails.
While cheap blackjack is getting harder and harder to find in Vegas, we are encouraged by the fact there are still a few casinos offering minimum bets as low as $1. Hopefully, we were able to point you in the direction of a cheap game that will work for you!
When in doubt, just remember that the further you get from tourist centers like the Strip, and Fremont Street, the lower the minimum bets tend to get. Don’t be afraid to branch out and take an Uber to a locals casino for lower minimums and better player odds.
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