If casinos could do it, they would offer no blackjack at all. But they are making too much money to do away with the game altogether, so they are doing the next best thing: making the game worse by increments. They will push it as far as the gaming public will allow, and the fact is that good blackjack players are a small minority of those who sit down at the tables. Everytime a player sits down at one of these carnival games masquerading as blackjack or one of the new table games designed to eventually replace blackjack, he is driving a nail in the coffin of real blackjack.
I played a couple of months back at Pearl River resort. 6d shoe. After shuffling, dealer squared up the decks, took a single cut card and laid it down on top, with the short side on the edges, the rear long edge at the back of the deck, and used the front edge as a placement point to insert the cut card. About half the shoe. Worst pen I have ever seen... Totally unplayable for a counter. I asked the pit boss "why play with 6 decks in the shoe if you deal 3 or so? He said "game protection policies"...
Competition would be nice. Probably the worst games I have seen, but then there are only two casinos that are part of the same property. Sure is a convenient drive from here, but I've been there twice, and probably will not go back with the better games on the MS coast.
roghly mid-way between Tunica and Biloxi, at least you have an Interstate to travel either NW or South for better games. Vicksburg is mediocre and the few casinos there watch the action like a dog on a bone...but you already knew that.
My only good memory of Philadelphia was seeing Dr. Hook at the Choctaw Indian Fair, long before casinos came. I used to be an Air Traffic Controller (civilian) at Meridian Naval Air Station. You cannot believe how happy I was to leave that dismal place!
Forgot to add that the Philly casinos also drag in the flyboys from Columbus Air Force Base as well. Birmingham must drag in tons of slot players via bus.
The slots make more money for the casinos. Every body and his brother has learned to count cards in the last twenty to thirty years. Hundreds of books on blackjack have been published since Thorpe and Revere. Casinos have been legalized and built in many many states besides Nevada. And it's about the most simple game you can play in the casino. If all that's not enough, casinos have gone out of the way to protect and even increase their edge on the game by making single deck virtually impossible to find, offering only 6:5 payouts on blackjacks, providing no games with meaningful penetration, and backing off winners whether they are actually counting or not. Each one of these facts carry enough implications to provide enough material for yet another book on blackjack: Blackjack Is Dead: Who Killed the Best Game in Town?