The Bear Growls: Boyd Gaming expands garbage “blackjack” in Las Vegas
February 8, 2007
Michael Gaughan, the former operator of Coast Casinos, is well known for having paranoid casino managers and absolute intolerance of players with any skill whatsoever. But to his credit, he did not rip off the gullible public with garbage variations of blackjack. Though Coast’s blackjack rules weren’t the greatest, at least the games offered were normal double deck and six-deck games.
Coast merged with Boyd Gaming. Subsequently, Mr. Gaughan left Boyd Gaming. He is now independently operating the South Point casino (formerly South Coast). Shortly after Mr. Gaughan’s departure, Boyd brought garbage games to former Coast properties Gold Coast, Orleans and Suncoast. Orleans now has a 6 to 5 single deck with a cut card, a garbage game made even worse by the cut card effect — a truly sickening ripoff. Also now wasting space there and at Gold Coast are double deck Superfun games. Suncoast’s offerings now include a disgusting six-deck Superfun game. Shame on Boyd Gaming.
NOTE: Boyd Gaming spokesman Rob Stillwell did not respond to a request for comments.