Deep breath here.
That’s because it IS a slot machine. I can’t site the issue, but it was mentioned in passing in an issue of Casino Player.
That’s not to say, that it necessarily has more of a take than regular Blackjack.
However, I am willing to bet (no pun intended) that the deck is continually shuffled, has a multiple deck shoe, and never mis-deals cards. Also, it never needs to take a break, or take tips.
Everything that a Player could use against a Human dealer have been removed. It is reduced to a Randomized number.
Which, is exactly what a slot machine is.
FWIW : I live in Atlanta, there is a Harrah’s in North Carolina, and a local “Raceino” in Alabama. The NC drive is 2.5 hours, AL is 3.
Both have legalites in force on how the Casino can be run.
NC: “Real” Slot Machines, a majority of which have an option to “”“stop”"" the reels mid spin, and / or the option to lock reels and respin other reels for the immediate next spin only. (This makes the “slot” machine more like Video Poker). The legality here, I believe, is that the casino has a given percentage of ““Skill”” based gaming. -Or at least, the perception of Skill. The end result, is no real cards anywhere in the casino, and no alcohol either. (In fact, the Indian reservation it is on, doesn’t allow Alcohol anywhere on the reservation…)
Incidentally, Harrah’s Cherokee also has “Digital Blackjack” - And Digital Mini Baccarat, and Digital Texas hold em.
AL : Class 3 slot machines. All of them are actually Not slot machines. They are Bingo machines, that do a dance and pony show of reel spinning, after the fact. The Bingo cards mark themselves, and the reels spin a millisecond after the entire Bingo game completes. - The bingo game itself takes less than a second. But, all of the games are Charity Bingo. [The Dog track, and traditional bingo hall are also there, but I digress.] – So, Bingo dressed up to look like slot machines – But you can drink.
Suffice to say, I have decided that the 30 extra minutes of driving is WELL worth it.
All of this to say, a LOT of casinos have legalities that work out to be mere technicalities and semantics. However, once those details are ironed out, the Casino does all that it can to maintain what it has.
It will always play a fair game, it just might not be the game you think it is. If it didn’t the casino would close either because the Law will catch on to it, OR the gaming comission will get on to them.