funny thing about that Ante.
The Ante is the casino profit. The profit derived from the game itself, according to state law, belongs to the players as a whole and the casino is required to give that money back in the forms of promotions, tournaments, drawings, and the like. This is why OK has such big BJ tournaments.
We went to several casinos that gave the money back in the form of 2:1 payoff on blackjacks. We just sat there and flat bet the table max and as the win mounted the casino backed everyone off. Since this money did not belong to the casino, why were they so concerned about it? We think it's because someone in these casinos has set up a way to skim much of that money out the back door. So these OK casinos are making money two ways, first through the Ante and second by skimming the actual profits won from the house edge on the game itself and then only giving back a fraction of the win that they are supposed to give.