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    Single Deck Blackjack

    by SteveOSF Written May 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The game of Blackjack, also known as 21, used to always employ a single 52 card deck. However that changed after the publication of Beat the Dealer by mathematics professor Dr. Edward O. Thorp in 1962 that showed how card counting techniques could give a player an advantage in the game. Casinos begin to deal games with multiple decks in order to thwart would be card counters.

    Multiple deck games were perceived as harder to count. Actually using multiple decks increases the house advantage in the game for non-counters and counters alike as less blackjacks occur. In addition, favorable situations available to be exploited by card counters occur less frequently when additional decks are used.

    Reno (including the rest of Northern Nevada like Lake Tahoe) continued offering single deck games after the Las Vegas Strip shifted towards multiple decks. However, there were two major differences between Reno's game and that in Las Vegas. In Reno, players could typically only double down when the first two cards totaled ten or eleven. Whereas in Las Vegas, players could double down on any two cards. In addition, the dealer would hit a soft seventeen in Reno and stand on it in Las Vegas. A soft seventeen is when a hand includes an ace that is being counted as an eleven. Having the dealer hitting a soft seventeen favors the house.

    The terms "Reno Rules" or "Northern Nevada Rules" were used to describe the game typically dealt in Reno and would usually employ a single deck of cards. "Las Vegas Rules" defined the game being dealt further south. Some multi-deck games could be found in Northern Nevada, however Reno Rules with a single deck were by far the most common.

    In the late 1990s blackjack in Nevada deteriorated as more multi-decks games became common. Even Reno succumbed as two, four, and six deck games infiltrated the casinos that had for so long held out dealing single decks. However, it is still common to find many hand held single and double deck games dealt in Reno. (Single and double deck games tend to be hand held by the dealer, whereas four or more decks are dealt from a "shoe.")

    Today the single deck games typically employs traditional Reno rules, but can employ more favorable Las Vegas Rules. When preparing to play, it is important to look and examine what rules are in use. Typically this will be in small print on the placard that shows table limits and is located on the side of the table.

    In recent years, casinos have introduced an extremely unfavorable game called 6:5 blackjack. In this game the house only pays blackjacks at 6 for 5 instead of the normal 3 for 2 (which would be 7.5 for 5). The house advantage on this game is several times that of the normal 3 for 2 game. In fact, the odds are so bad that no one should ever play when a blackjack only pays 6 for 5. The 6:5 games are most commonly found at the lower limit single deck games at the larger casinos.

    In Reno, you can still find a good single deck game. But be sure to avoid those with the 6 for 5 payout. Reno is still a fun place to play single deck blackjack.

    Blackjack!
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    Silver Legacy Mine Shaft and Money Cruncher

    by SteveOSF Written May 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Silver Legacy Casino has an interesting silver mine scene complete with what I call the "Money Cruncher". The Money Cruncher is a large structure that imitates making silver dollars from an elaborate and somewhat enormous mine shaft display. Catwalks go up and through the display. When the money periodically crunches through the machine, it can be heard as far away as the gaming tables. The ceiling depicts night or daytime skies with occasional thunder. This rather fun display is worth a look. When the machine is turning, the casino can be a bit noisier than average.

    The story of Sam Fairchild and his silver mine that is plastered throughout the Silver Legacy and its promotional materials is purely fiction. Yet the mine shaft display can be entertaining. To see actual sites of the Comstock Lode mines and explore mining history of Nevada, one should take a short drive to Virginia City.

    The rooftop dome in the picture houses the money crunching mine display and sky scene. The building with the abscess on the side of the building in the background is the Bowling Center.

    The rooftop of the Silver Legacy
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    Lock em up!

    by thecatsmeow Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I don't know what I would do without an in room safe. At the Eldorado they are rather small but I am able to fit a few camera's and other important items into it. I have to bring several prescriptions with me so I always lock them up when I am not around. Also because this is a gaming town its a good idea to only carry what you believe you will need for the day and lock up the rest. Not only for protection against others but for protection against yourself!

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    Come Visit In the Spring

    by mcpangie Written Apr 10, 2005

    Favorite thing: One of the benefits of coming to visit Reno in early to mid-April is that you'll get to see spring, but... If you are into skiing up at Tahoe, you'll get to do that still. At least this year. Skiing should be going for another month or more.

    Spring Time Flowers
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    Pretty Autumn

    by mcpangie Written Nov 11, 2004

    Favorite thing: I made it through my first autumn in Reno. It is quite different here in the desert than in the forests of Alaska. But there are some pretty colors in people's yards (this is my own yard after snowfall one afternoon) and there were some lovely patches of colors in the Sierra Nevadas and along the Truckee River.

    Fall Colors
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    America Goes Bowling!

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 25, 2004

    Favorite thing: Spectators of all ages watch the competions held in the National Bowling Stadium.

    Fondest memory: I saw teenaged groupies getting blowling pins signed by their favorite PBA champs. I saw a woman with a half-ream of paper of what I figured were her favorite PBA champs she'd printed from the Internet, taking notes studiously. On Sunday I watched on ESPN because I'd have a better seat without waking up early. She turned out to the ESPN's reporter!

    1995 Commemoration of 100 Years of Bowling
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    National Bowling Stadium

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 25, 2004

    Favorite thing: There are a handful of competitions held in Reno each year, and participants come from far and wide.

    Fondest memory: When the ABC Masters were in town and I went to watch some of the games. It's interesting to watch people who excel at something I find so difficult! They won't let you take flash pictures inside, it might disturb to bowlers.

    Reno's National Bowling Stadium
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    Just Like In Bambi

    by mcpangie Written Jan 17, 2004

    Favorite thing: People who live where there are brush and good hiding places near Reno have quail visit their yards. They are so cute running away scared all the time of the slightest noise, normally in a straight line just like in Bambi.

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    Park Wedding Chapel's Pidgeon Spectators

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: My brother got married in this chapel in December 2003.

    Fondest memory: If you are getting married in Reno while you're on vacation and don't have a room full of friends and family, at least at this chapel you'll have pidgeon spectators!

    Pidgeon Spectators
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    Gamble At the Peppermill Casino

    by mcpangie Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Seems like everyone has their favorite casino. The Peppermill would have to be mine. But the Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino has been recognized by other sources as one of the top ten casinos in America. They take care of their guests. They have a nice comp program. They have lots of restaurants and bars to chose from. Nice rooms. A pool. They are located at 2707 South Virginia Street, drive until you see this sign and fountain.

    Fondest memory: Winning $1,250 last year at the Peppermill, going back the next night and winning another $800.

    The Peppermill
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    Get Married in Reno

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are planning on getting married, you can do it in Reno relatively painlessly in one of the many wedding chapels. Just don't forget your marriage license or they won't finish the ceremony for you. You can pick up a marriage license at hours most government agencies are closed. But getting married is a business here.

    Fondest memory: My brother and sister-in-law got married in Reno's oldest wedding chapel - Park Wedding Chapel. It is right in the downtown area. And the pigeons eat the rice.

    Park Wedding Chapel
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    The biggest little city in the world

    by renojedi Written Oct 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I have lived here about 3 years and the best thing about this town is the fact that you get all the shopping and dining opportunities of California without the crowds or prices. It is a very clean town with little or no traffic and the people are freindly.

    Fondest memory: The crisp air of winter and the snow--enough to enjoy and not enough to ruin your day. Then there are the warm summer mornings that make you want to get up and sieze the day. Fresh air is always a plus too.

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    Walk along the Truckee River...

    by scargo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walk along the Truckee River and enjoy the parks. Visit the nearby mountains.

    Fondest memory: The nearness of Mt. Rose for a day of low pressure/low glitz skiing. Only 30-40 minutes and you can be skiing or hiking, etc. Lake Tahoe is just a little farther...

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    Go to the public parks! There...

    by wfox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the public parks! There is a great park just off the strip where a river runs through. In the afternoons it was great to sit by the river, under the shade, and relax. One may not think of Reno as a place to relax, but there are some beautiful places to just be.

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    Hire a horse and ride out in...

    by Viennabarley Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Hire a horse and ride out in the Sierra Nevadas. The scenery is incredible, and you can see so much more off the beaten track on horseback.

    Fondest memory: So many!

    Dinner at the Atlantis restaurant.

    The view from the top of the Flamingo Hilton.

    Playing Cowgirl in the desert!

    Driving along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

    Playing 'Chicken in the Pot' at Circus Circus! ...Miles, the expert chicken basher, taught me all I know, and I am now the proud owner of an officially retired Circus Circus vinyl chicken! Happy memories indeed!

    I miss the scenery, the food, the casinos, the weather, wienerschnitzels and root beer! ...I'll be back soon M!

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