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Why is it so hard to get on the low stakes Blackjack Table?

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When ever I am in Las Vegas I find the $5 and $10 minimum Blackjack Tables to be completely full. I wait and wait but the gamblers at these low stakes tables rarely leave the table. The dealer at the $25 minimum table, near by, just stands there all alone waiting for gamblers.

Because $25 a hand Blackjack is to rich for my taste I do not gamble at that casino. Wouldn't be easier to open up the quiet $25 a hand table to people who are at least open to gambling something, instead of shutting out the lower stakes gambler from action- and have the $25 a hand minimum table sit empty for much of the night?

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My guess would be this:

a) $25.00 is too rich for most people's blood

b) Opening up a $25.00 per hand table and making it $5.00 per hand would make them much less money, and besides they probably don't want to attract any more of the $5.00 per hand people.

Shutting out the lower stakes gambler makes them more likely to move on downtown or to places like Circus Circus and Sloos 'A Fun, leaving the higher stakes mucky mucks to enjoy Wynn's and the like without the riff-raff..

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I certainly don't think people who want $5 BJ are "riff raff"! How insulting.

Casinos make decisons based on profit and loss for them. You will see many tables with none or few players and others packed - not unusual.

Shop for the best rules, not lowest limits - very few low limit BJ games are worth playing.

It is hard to get a seat a low limit table due to supply & demand - pretty easy to figure out.

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AS we are not experienced blackjack players (have played less then 5 times) it seemed easier to part with $5 and $10 then $25...and as it was hard to find an open table, when we found one we stayed at it for a while...

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It's pretty obvious that the casino wants to make as much money as possible. I would love to hear the responses from casino owners to this question!! LOL

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The high-limit tables are kept empty to ensure that when a high limit player decides to play, there will be an available table for such player. Most high limit players would prefer not to play with low limit players.

Also, mathematically speaking, a $25 per hand player makes the casino 5x more money than a $5 per hand player--therefore, one hour of $25 play is equal to five hours of $5 play...that is why a casino can afford to keep these high limit tables idle for long periods.

I believe that the earlier poster meant "riff raff" to refer to the fact that many (not all) lower limit players are unskilled and tend to disrupt the flow of the game. I don't believe the term "riff raff" was used to denote a lower class of people (if I'm wrong, then yes I agree the term "riff raff" would be uncalled for)

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The high-limit tables are kept empty to ensure that when a high limit player decides to play, there will be an available table for such player. Most high limit players would prefer not to play with low limit players.

Also, mathematically speaking, a $25 per hand player makes the casino 5x more money than a $5 per hand player--therefore, one hour of $25 play is equal to five hours of $5 play...that is why a casino can afford to keep these high limit tables idle for long periods.

I believe that the earlier poster meant "riff raff" to refer to the fact that many (not all) lower limit players are unskilled and tend to disrupt the flow of the game. I don't believe the term "riff raff" was used to denote a lower class of people (if I'm wrong, then yes I agree the term "riff raff" would be uncalled for)

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Within the next 5 years $15.00 min tables will be hard to find.

With all the new construction going on and new resorts, play those $5-$10 tables now, because soon they will be gone.

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