Baccarat, penny slots overtake blackjack as games of choice on Strip

Publisher Anthony Curtis is interviewed about the rise of baccarat and decline of blackjack winnings on the Las Vegas Strip.

March 15, 2011

Blackjack revenue is down 17 percent from a decade ago and has plummeted 31 percent from 2007. Anthony Curtis, publisher of Las Vegas Advisor, attributes much of the decline to the recession.

Gambling’s high end, represented by baccarat, has been least affected by the economy, Curtis said. Blackjack is a mass-market game played primarily by midrollers who can less afford to gamble, however, he said.

“This is why Vegas got hammered,” he said. “It needs the middle market.”

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