National Blackjack Day 2017 Recap

2017 was the 2nd full year of National Blackjack festivities and we had some great traction!

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The feature shown above on the marquee at The D Las Vegas was the favorite example of the day, but it wasn’t the only highlight.  We are starting to see momentum for National Blackjack Day across the country with players and casinos.  Sure, this post is self-serving, but it is a great way to review the day and set the tone for future growth.

The casino community did step up this year and show some love.  Derek Stevens and The D (and Golden Gate) were by far the most vocal and supportive with tweets and a Periscope showing their marquee touting Blackjack Day and their year-round 3:2 blackjack policy.  In addition to The D we heard from casinos in 7 other states: 4 Bears in North Dakota, Graton in NoCal, Harrahs SoCal, Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Foxwoods CT, Potowatamie in WI, Horseshoe Tunica, and Horseshoe Baltimore.  The Downtown Las Vegas Alliance also chimed in.  We’ll keep the drumbeat going to get more casinos involved in years to come.

Of course, most of the feedback came from players who came out in force to play and support the cause on 3:2.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed on High Roller Radio leading into 3:2 and the support continued throughout the day.  There are too many supporters to thank here, but you can see the Twitter feed with everyone and I’ll give a few shout-outs to our Tweeps including Vegas Fanboy, Faces and Aces, Chips Racks, DSK, Wall Street Nole, Vegas Aces, Brian Moore, Cool Hand Luke, 2 Way Hard 8, Lucky45, and even the UNLV special collections account.

So where do we go from here?   The first step is to keep the conversation going so we can spread the word as far as possible.  We will do that through this blog and our Twitter account @blackjackday  The next step is planning for National Blackjack Day 2018.  We have some ideas to help take this to the next level and we welcome any feedback or suggestions you have.

Thank you for the support and good luck at the tables!

 

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National Blackjack Day Featured on High Roller Radio

More good momentum for National Blackjack Day this week.  Check out the coverage on High Roller Radio with an interview about #NationalBlackjackDay and the related casino experience.

The last question in the conversation was ‘How should we celebrate National Blackjack Day’.  That is a great question and as a fan of the game the best advice is to get out to your local casino and play some live blackjack at a casino that pays 3:2.

If you have a moment take a listen and then get out there and play some blackjack on March 2nd!

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12,000 Blackjack Tables in the U.S.

I’m curious about the entire gaming industry, not just because I’m a blackjack player, but also as a marketer and gaming fan.  One question I ask myself frequently when I’m playing is how many blackjack tables exist either at their casino or in a certain market.

Luckily UNLV Gaming does an amazing job of quantifying in Nevada gaming which makes it easy to keep track of Las Vegas.  It is harder to find numbers across the U.S. and with the growth and change in the industry these numbers are constantly in flux.  Recently I ran across the number 23,783 from World Casino Directory for the total number of table games in the U.S.  I can’t verify this number (at least not immediately, but will keep working)

If we take this number at face value and apply the UNLV numbers for Nevada which show that blackjack is about half of all table games then we get to roughly 12,000 total blackjack tables in the U.S.  I’ll keep working to verify this number, but it feels like a reasonable estimate based on the data I could find in a quick search.

I’ll keep working to find validation for these numbers and anyone who has access to more current or specific data please feel free to correct my estimate.

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National Blackjack Day is March 2nd

March 2nd – 3:2 – was chosen for a very specific reason.  As I, and many other players and industry watchers smarter than me, have been highlighting in recent years more and more casinos are moving away from 3:2 payouts for blackjack and moving to 6:5.  This trend is taking money out of players hands, tilting the odds even further to the house, and eroding the game from it’s once dominant position to just another table on casino floors.

Obviously this isn’t nearly as critical as cancer research, memorializing national heroes, or acknowledging some of the more critical causes that have their own dedicated days.  That being said, if no one stands up and let’s the casino operators know that players are paying attention then we would expect this trend to continue unchecked until the 6:5 payout becomes the norm rather than the exception.

This simple gesture is a way to join the cause and start making a case to the casino companies that 3:2 blackjack is the standard we expect.

Join the movement and celebrate National Blackjack Day on March 2nd #BlackjackDay by playing 3:2 blackjack, sharing your love of the game, and calling on the casino companies to keep 3:2 blackjack tables!

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