The card rooms in Los Angeles require players to pay a commission payment for every hand played (i.e. $1 per hand straight to the house regardless of outcome). (i.e. $2 for up to $200 bets).
This is to circumvent the rules as you are playing against not the “casino” but a corporation.
The variant of Blackjack in LA is No Bust 21 (https://wizardofodds.com/games/california-blackjack/). Example: https://thebike.com/play/california_game_no_bust_21st_century_blackjack.php
RULES FOR PLAYER DEALERMUST STAND – HARD 17 OR MOREMUST HIT – SOFT 17 OR LESS
Not many people know this, but at these games, you may also opt to be the “Dealer” with the corporations as the “Player.” The odds are pretty straight forward for when you are the “Player” but the commission becomes higher (I forgot if it was $2 or $3 up to $100).
That said, you can play both ways, play the dealer when the true count is negative and player when the true count is positive. Not sure if the Casino would back you off, as you are playing against the “corporation,” not the casino.
Anyone have had any luck on this game?