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Is Atlantic City blackjack dying a slow death?

18 March 2010

We can remember going to Showboat in the 1990s and there were seemingly acres of blackjack tables. Same held true for every casino in Atlantic City. While there were always non-blackjack tables spread out here and there, if you said "table game," invariably you would be referring to blackjack.

Now as you walk the somewhat empty floors where those hundreds of blackjack tables used to vie with one another for supremacy, you note dozens upon dozens of "new" table games such as Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Casino War, pai gow poker, mini-baccarat, Texas Hold'em Bonus, and others.

True, the slot machines have essentially defined American casino gambling ever since 1984, when both Vegas and Atlantic City made more money for the first time from the machines than from the table games.

But now blackjack is being squeezed by the other table games. Some of this could be due to the disgust of traditional blackjack players with many of the new rules — these folks may have walked away from the game or reduced their playing time. But the current generation of players seemingly don't want complicated basic strategies; they want easy games that are much more the equivalent of slot machines than they are of blackjack.

As long as casinos can make money from their tables, it doesn't matter to management whether the players are playing blackjack or Three-Card Poker. There is no sympathy or sense of tradition in the executives' offices. If blackjack is being slowly replaced by other games . . . well, that's the way it is.

No doubt blackjack is still the No. 1 table game, but its days of reigning supreme in the non-slot areas are slowly diminishing. Just take a walk through the Atlantic City casinos and you can see for yourself.

Blackjack could become the Titanic.

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

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www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Craps Underground: The Inside Story of How Dice Controllers are Winning Millions from the Casinos!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Beat Blackjack Now!: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete