Blackjack, not Baccarat, Becoming Vegas’ Premier Table Game

Baccarat has long been the most popular table game in Asian gaming destinations like Macau. And it overtook blackjack this decade as the most popular in Las Vegas too. But times are changing, and blackjack appears to be regaining favor among Vegas visitors. This comes according to Nevada’s February gaming report, which shows that blackjack […]

Baccarat has long been the most popular table game in Asian gaming destinations like Macau. And it overtook blackjack this decade as the most popular in Las Vegas too.

But times are changing, and blackjack appears to be regaining favor among Vegas visitors.

This comes according to Nevada’s February gaming report, which shows that blackjack made $106,374,000 in statewide revenue, versus baccarat’s gross win of $98,421,000.

What’s particularly notable about this is that February featured the Chinese New Year celebration. Given that Asia is particularly into baccarat, this should have been a slam-dunk revenue win for the latter game.

Overall, baccarat revenue was down 19% from February 2016. Meanwhile, blackjack showed an increase of 12% as compared to the same month last year. Also of note is that roulette revenue improved 59% from the previous year.

All of this indicates that blackjack and roulette are part of a shift in casino players’ preferences. Particularly, the millennial generation seems to be enjoying these games more than baccarat.

Another side to baccarat’s decline in Vegas can be attributed to global casino expansion, and the money laundering crackdown in China.

las-vegas-gaming-downhillGiven that more casinos are cropping up around China, and their travel is somewhat restricted by the crackdown, they’re playing baccarat closer to home. Case in point: Macau’s February revenue was up 17%, while Nevada’s dropped 4.5%.

It remains to be seen how seriously Vegas casinos will react to February’s numbers. Odds are that they’ll wait to see how the spring plays out before making any rash moves.

But if games like blackjack and roulette continue gaining favor with millennials and other players, don’t be surprise if you see fewer mini baccarat tables on the floor. Going further, you might see blackjack’s popularity restored to the levels that it enjoyed in the early 2000s and before.

 

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