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Where to Find the Cheapest Blackjack in Vegas ($1 & $5 BJ!)

Key Points:

  • Slots A Fun deals the only live $5 blackjack game on the Strip.

  • The cheapest blackjack near the Strip can be found at OYO, which offers a $1 game around the clock, and Ellis Island which reliably deals a $5 game.

  • On Fremont Street, Downtown Grand deals both $1 and $5 blackjack daily.

Blackjack with a $1 or $5 minimum bet can be a great place for new players to learn the game or for folks to grind out an endless string of free drinks.

While cheap blackjack can be appealing, rules are often less player-friendly than tables with higher minimums which amplifies the casino’s house edge. Most players don’t mind that though… after all, the house edge doesn’t sting as painfully when betting as little as $1 per hand.

Considering cheap tables are slowly going extinct, I thought it would be helpful to compile and maintain a rundown of casinos that still offer an affordable game.

Keep in mind, table minimums are fluid. I’ll keep this post updated, but recommend calling ahead or checking the casino’s website to ensure low-limit blackjack is being offered when you plan to stop in.

See Also: Ways to save money while in Las Vegas.

Cheap Blackjack on the Las Vegas Strip

Slots A Fun: Located on the north end of the Strip next to Circus Circus, Slots A Fun has brought back table games and deals the only live $5 blackjack game on the Strip.

In addition to cheap gambling, Slots A Fun is also serving $2 beer, hot dogs, and shrimp cocktails.

Aside from Slots A Fun, most minimums directly on the Strip land in the $10 – $25 range.

Slots A Fun neon sign in front of the casino

Cheap Blackjack Near the Strip

OYO: Offered around the clock, OYO deals the only $1 live blackjack game on (well, near) the Strip.

While OYO isn’t positioned directly on the Strip, the casino is a mere 10-15 minute walk from resorts like MGM Grand and Tropicana.

Exterior of OYO Las Vegas

Ellis Island: A haven for budget-conscious gamblers, Ellis Island offers a $5 blackjack that pays 3:2. This is my personal go-to for cheap blackjack in Vegas and is well worth the short walk.

South Point: You can’t walk there, but you can take a cheap Uber/Lyft. Once there, you’ll commonly find $5 blackjack.

South Point is a haven for value seekers aside from gambling as well, with nearly everything costing less than it would on the Strip, including their Garden Buffet, which is among the most affordable buffets in Las Vegas.

South Point Las Vegas Exterior

Cheap Blackjack Downtown Las Vegas

Similar to the Strip, $5 blackjack downtown is largely a thing of the past with minimums usually landing in the $10 – $15 range during non-peak times. There are exceptions, however.

Downtown Grand: Located steps away from the Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Grand offers $1 and $5 blackjack from 11 am – 3 am daily.

Downtown Grand Las Vegas Exterior at Night
Inside, you’ll find some of the cheapest blackjack in town.

Golden Nugget: I recently walked through Golden Nugget and was surprised to find $5 blackjack offered, with a caveat. The catch is that you must also play a $2 side bet which surely carries an elevated house edge. Still, a $7 blackjack game ranks among the cheapest options downtown.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Exterior

Other Cheap Blackjack Options

Stadium Blackjack: Stadium configurations allow one dealer to spread a game for a larger pool of players. While an actual hand is dealt by the dealer, players place bets, and collect winnings, on a personal betting screen.

These configurations are numerous on the Strip and usually offer lower minimums. While it isn’t quite the same as sitting at a table, I find it preferable to video blackjack (discussed below).

Stadium Blackjack Configuration at Palazzo Las Vegas
Stadium Blackjack (and other games) configuration at Palazzo.

Video Blackjack: Although the authentic feel of chips, cards, felt, and a live dealer are missing, bartop and electronic blackjack games often offer low minimums.

Although these games often come with an exaggerated house advantage, a cheap bartop blackjack game can be a good way to string together several comped drinks.

Video Blackjack game at Venetian
Video Blackjack at Venetian

While cheap blackjack is getting harder and harder to find in Vegas, I’m encouraged by the fact there are still a few casinos offering minimum bets as low as $1.

When in doubt, just remember that the further you get from tourist centers like the Strip, and Fremont Street, the lower the minimum bets tend to get. Don’t be afraid to hail an Uber or Lyft to get off the beaten path for a night.

See Also: Where are the loosest slots in Vegas? I dig into Nevada Gaming Control data to find the answer.

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Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Wow!!! I still can't believe El Cortez got rid of $5 BJ, but Golden Nugget added like 10 table tables of $5 I don't have to walk tjay shady walk to El Cortez.

Oh and that OYO & Grand $1 BJ is still super fun also 😄

Katie Brown

Monday 7th of June 2021

June 7, 2021 Good tip on Ellis Island Casino! Lots of fun at the non-smoking (yay!) $5 blackjack table, and the hubby liked the $5 craps table. Cocktail waitresses made frequent rounds and the dealers were fun.


Monday 7th of June 2021

@Katie Brown, Thanks! It's a great spot. Glad you enjoyed it!

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