I'm out in Las Vegas visiting my friend Brian. The game that we have been playing is 7 card stud. I'm down $55 after about 4 hours of play in the $1 minimum/$5 maximum table at the Bellagio.
While the card tables where you play against other people are the best (never bet against the house), the odds for low stakes games aren't so hot. The house takes 10% a hand, $5 maximum. Plus, you tip the dealer a dollar on big hands and 50 cents on smaller hands. Brian's brother, who lives here, plays at the high stakes tables and they have a much better deal--each player pays $5 a half-hour of play. Plus, they get comps at the hotel.
It appears that the card tables have seen better days. While this is still a great place to play, games of chance, such as slots and gaming computer systems, predominate. These seem addictive. The casinos were packed last evening.