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SkyCity Darwin, Darwin, Northern Territory (previously MGM Grand - Darwin)

Address: Gilruth Avenue, Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
Opening Hours: 12noon - 4am Weekdays, 6am weekends

Telephone (switch): (+61) 1 88943-8888
Email (general): admin@skycitydarwin.com.au
Email (reservations): reservations@skycitydarwin.com.au
Email (casino): theclub@skycitydarwin.com.au
Website: http://www.skycitydarwin.com.au

How to get there: This beachside resort is right next door to the Mindil Beach Markets and situated only 3 minutes from the CBD.  Phone the hotel concierge to arrange for the $2 shuttle bus to pick you up and deliver you to the casino door.

General Description: Spectacularly set amongst tropical beachside gardens, SKYCITY is Darwin's premium boutique hotel located moments from the CBD. Featuring three restaurants, a specialty coffee shop, numerous bars, a business centre, conference facilities and a casino. Leisure choices include a putting green, fitness centre, pool and tennis courts, with a golf course and walking/jogging tracks right next door. All rooms include private balconies as well as complimentary car parking and a guest laundry. The casino itself is quite small with blackjack table numbers as follows:

$5-$500: 5
$10-$500: 8

Currently cutting 1 1/2 decks out of 6.  Small number of tables may make detection of card counters easy so don't plan a long stay.

Blackjack Rules

Back Betting / Wonging In
Back betting is allowed up to three hands per box.

Variations
'Super Sevens' side bet is available that pays 50 to 1 for two 7's different suits, 150 to 1 for two 7's same suit, 500 to 1 for 3 sevens mixed suits and 5000 to 1 for three 7's same suit.  Like all blackjack side bets this is not a good bet for players.

Blackjack Basic Strategy

For a given set of blackjack rules, there is only one best action to take for each possible hand a player may get versus each possible upcard a dealer may have.  This set of "best actions" is know as the Basic Strategy.  The basic strategy to be followed at MGM Grand is as follows:

 For hard totals:
 
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
A
9
H
D
D
D
D
H
H
H
H
H
10
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
H
H
11
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
H
H
12
H
H
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
13
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
14
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
15
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
16
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
17
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S

 For pairs:
 
 
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
A
2,2
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
3,3
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
4,4
 
 
 
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
 
5,5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6,6
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
 
7,7
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
8,8
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
   
9,9
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
SP
SP
 
 
10,10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A,A
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 

For soft totals:
Double down on:
A7 and A6 vs 3 4 5 6
A5 and A4 vs 4 5 6
A2 and A3 vs 5 6

Otherwise hit on soft 17 or less and hit on soft 18 if dealer shows 9, 10 or Ace.

House Edge: 0.513%

INDEX
The dealer up-card is displayed along the top, and the players totals down the side. "S" = "stand" "H" = "hit" "D" = "double" "SP" = "split"

 

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