Coronavirus changed a lot of things in casinos across the country. One thing that hasn’t changed is how much casino guests love to play blackjack. While gaming revenue was down in Nevada, there were still way more blackjack games in casinos throughout the state than any other.
In 2020, there were 3,860 total table games in Nevada casinos. Blackjack tables accounted for 1,639 of those games. After a little math, we can see that blackjack tables accounted for just under 43% of all table games in Nevada last year.
Nevada Casino Game Win Percentages
Every game in casinos is different. They all have a different house edge. Casinos also win different amounts of money from each game.
Here’s a look at the win percentages Nevada casinos saw from different games in 2020:
Sports Betting: 6.05%
Slot Machines: 6.89% (All denominations from .01 to $100)
Mini Baccarat: 10.91%
Pai Gow: 15.14%
Horse Racing: 16.61%
Pai Gow Poker: 21.74%
Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em: 25.24%
Let It Ride: 26.63%
Three Card Poker: 32.50%
Other games: 21.30% (Mississippi Stud Poker, High Card Flush, etc.)
Blackjack remains one of the best bets in Nevada (and all) casinos. In 2020, Nevada casinos “won” 14.01% from blackjack. The only games where casinos won less are baccarat (mini and full table), bingo, and sports betting.
The information above is the percentage of money a casino won a game. For example, Nevada casinos won 14.01% of the money bet in blackjack games. In other words, the casinos won approximately $14 of every $100 wagered in blackjack. Similarly, casinos won $32.50 for every $100 wagered in Three Card Poker.
I always recommend wizardofodds.com for anyone curious about the house edge in a game. The website has calculators for some games so you can figure out the house edge based on different rules.
There are a lot of complaints about bad blackjack rules and that’s understandable. Even the worst blackjack game isn’t the worst bet in a casino. As you can see above, Nevada casinos won a lot more from games that are not blackjack.
Las Vegas Blackjack Isn’t All That Bad
Sometimes gaming data for Nevada can be skewed by certain parts of the state. However, the percentage of blackjack tables in casinos around the greater Las Vegas area is similar to the entire state. Around 43% of table games in Las Vegas are blackjack.
Las Vegas casinos actually won less than the overall win percentage for the state. This might seem surprising as Las Vegas has more blackjack rules changes than other parts of Nevada. Casinos in Clark County won 13.67% from blackjack games.
Our go-to resource for Las Vegas gaming data put together a useful list of blackjack games. They broke out every 3:2 blackjack game on the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas for anyone looking for the best options in the area.
A couple of weeks ago we noted the great blackjack games at The Cromwell and Treasure Island. These casinos stand out from all the others on the Vegas Strip that might have a few tables to choose from.