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Hollywood Casino Aurora … Last week, the property began offering a service called Reservation Blackjack. It allows gamblers to phone ahead to reserve a seat at a $5 minimum table.
There’s a price to pay: $20 per person for each hour of play. This fact complicates the economic dynamics of the game for serious players who, depending on their level of skill, can keep the theoretical house advantage on blackjack down to around one and a half percent or less.
The idea of a tiny-stakes player being asked to pay twenty dollars for the “privilege” of losing his or her money at a casino that, according to Current Blackjack News is not even offering a reasonable game of blackjack is repugnant. Hollywood’s red-chip tables have horrible eight-deck games with bad rules and awful penetration. This is taking such advantage of suckers (“good casino customers”) that it’s nauseating, even by the low standards usually set by casinos.
This ripoff reaches a disgusting new low for piggish greed by the casino bosses. I am disgusted that the Illinois Gaming Commission, which sometimes actually takes some meaningful action in cases of casino wrongdoing (unlike its worthless counterpart in Nevada), allows this. What a scam!
I am all for free enterprise; the suckers simply have to say NO to this appalling bit of casino greed. But the holders of a privileged license should be held to some minimum standards of decency and good taste. This scam falls way, way below what those standards should be. No rational tiny-stakes player would pay this fee. The casino is obviously trying to attract the sick, addicted gamblers with this scam. Shame on Hollywood Aurora.
Note: Hollywood Aurora did not respond to a request for comment.