6/5 ploppy ripoff is only at single decks so far, except for the miserable O'Shea's, where they now have a 6/5 double deck ripoff game.
Caesar's Palace recently removed their 6/5 games. There has been a lot of bad publicity locally in recent months about what a scam the 6/5 game is, so maybe it will eventually die out.
CSM's are in many Las Vegas stores, but their use, too, seems to be in decline, though I have no specific numbers. Ploppies seem to dislike them as much as skilled players do.
Unfortunately, some new gaming jurisdictions, like Arizona, have a heavy infestation of CSM's, and the sheep being led to slaughter continue to play them rather than boycotting the worthless CSM games.
If these machines continue to infest these places it might (should) allow for the Las Vegas casinos to differentiate themselves from everywhere else. Everyone here agrees that is a key to a strong Las Vegas (that and naked girls). Too bad the casino execs don't see the light. Perhaps if Caesar's experiment where they have removed the 6/5 games is successful and they start knocking out good profits quarter after quarter it might click. Good games bring in kinda good players who lose a ton of cash. Crappy games bring in grandmas who sweat losing a twenty.
I was recently in a certain casino for a lunch meeting. After the meeting and after my buddies disbursed, I thought what the heck, I'll give it a go while I'm here. They were running nothing but CSMs. Decided to stand behind a study things for a while. Within about 5 mins, I notice the RC went to 24. No side count of A's either. I'm using Bryce's AOII so I added on another +2. Now I'm at 26 RC. They're running 4 decks in the CSM. I determined that I hadn't yet seen about 3.75 decks worth of cards. That gives a TC of about 7. I figured now's the time to Wong in with 2 hands. There certainly can't be any heat, so it's "CHUNK TIME". I quickly stepped up, pulled out a wad of Ben Franklins, put down three on each circle and said, "Can I play cash here, I'm feeling kinda lucky?!" Dealer says, "Surrrrrrrrrrre". And away we go. Here comes the flop. Whatdayaknow! A-7 on one & BJ on the other. So cool and dealer's showin� 4. Dealer pays the BJ first. Then I double on the soft 18 and catch a face. Dealer breaks. Ya baby! Time now to throw the D a little tip and Wong out. Went to the restroom then went back to another pit. Wonged in again at +4. Did okay again. Wonged in and out 2 more times. Walked out at $1275 up.
Fun to beat an otherwise unbeatable game. :-)
After making the above post regarding my personal experience with CSMs, I want to make it very clear to all that I believe the game is a scam and a bastardizing of the game of BJ. It shouldn�t� even be called BJ. It is impossible to beat if you play it long enough even if your the best in the world. It may only be beat if you're a great CC and you must Wong in and out. Otherwise, you may just as well go play roulette (Euro wheel only). When I played the CSMs, they had about 13-15 cards sitting in the discard rack after the first deal. Then I made my bet. However, if anyone out there knows what is happening inside the CSM, I would appreciate the info.