I have not been there for two or three years now but back then BJ conditions were among the best in Europe (6D, DOA, DAS, ES10, ENHC). You might have to look around for good penetration, but there are enough choices (at least in Prague).
Check out this link for a list of all casinos in Prague:
It is strange to me that play condition in Europe is much worse than Nevada. My belief is that there are far fewer counters in Europe than in USA. But why have they set the general condition so bad? Could anyone explain this? Thanks.
In the given example you would still loose half your bet as you can only insure one hand.
BTW buying insurance and splitting causes a lot of confusion with the pit staff. Sure you could argue that insurance is a side bet whether or not the dealer draws a ten or face card and has nothing to do with your hand, but with this argument you show that you know much more about the game than you are "supposed" to.
Anyway, the insurance bet is resolved like this: If the dealer is showing an Ace, he asks for insurance bets, once everyone has taken or declined, each player plays his hand. The dealer then completes his hand, should he draw to a BJ, all insurance bets are settled and all other bets collected, if the first card is no ten or face, all insurance bets are collected afterwards the dealer draws to complete his hand (if neccessary).
is that free enterprise is driven by supply and demand. The supply (casinos) is small, and the demand (gamblers) is high. As a result, it is an enterprise's market. When competition increases, it becomes a buyer's market. In Las Vegas, the competition is fierce, and as a result, the buyer has a great market in which to shop. If Vegas was pared down to just one casino, then that casino can control the market (monopoly) and determine the market conditions. This is already happening as casinos go from individual and private ownership, to corporate and conglomerate ownership. Now that most properties in Vegas are owned by only 3 or 4 major corporations, the competition is not so diverse, and conditions are getting worse. Consequently, some of the best casinos in Vegas are the ones who are small compared to the big-brands out there. E.G. Palms has better conditions overall compared to Wynn, MGM, Park Place, etc.
For local play, Stations pretty much sucks, but they are the lion's share of local gambling.
To prevent things from getting worse, I think the NGC should limit the portion of the market of which a company is allowed to control. Sort of like what the FCC does to prevent the Networks from owning everything out there.