A blackjack tournament is an interesting twist on your classic blackjack game and it has become increasingly popular in the past couple of years. The basic principle is that you are competing against other players for a shared prize pool. There are a couple of different ways that you will find with online blackjack tournaments.
The first type of tournament usually involves 7 players at a table with several tables in the tournament. After a certain number of hands (usually 10), the player with the lowest total will be eliminated. This will continue until there is a winner.
The second type of blackjack tournament that you will find online involves just you playing against the dealer and you are trying to get on to the leaderboard for highest total. This either is accomplished by giving you a certain number of hands to play (like 50) or you will have a certain time limit to get the highest score. This time limit can be short, like 30 minutes, or you have until the tournament is over to post the highest score.
Current Blackjack Tournaments
Here is an updated list of casinos that offer online blackjack tournaments for real money.
NEW! Miami Club Casino - WGS Technology Software - US Players Accepted
Miami Club Casino is a relatively new online casino (launched October 2012) that is already making a name for itself as one of the only online casinos to have regular blackjack tournaments.
I'll have more of a review coming soon, but in the meantime you should check them out for yourself.
5Dimes - US Players Accepted
5Dimes is my new favorite place to play blackjack tournaments. The tournaments held here are the multi-table blackjack tournaments that I referenced above. These tournaments are held daily. If you would like to see 5dimes current blackjack schedule including time and entry fees, click here.
Here is the way these tournaments work. Each player will have to bet between the minimum and maximum allowed per hand and try to win the most chips. The tournament will consist of a set number of hands, a specific number of decks and up to 8 players can sit at a table.
Take a look at this 5Dimes Blackjack Tournament Review for more information.
As opposed to the multi-player blackjack tournaments, where multiple blackjack players are competing against each other around a blackjack table, the single player blackjack tournaments are very different.
In a single player blackjack tournament, you are still competing against other blackjack players for a cash prize. However, you will each be in your own separate table. The goal of this style of blackjack tournaments is to earn the largest balance by the end of the tournament.
This type of tournament will either have a time limit, such as an hour, or the tournament will end at a particular time. These tournaments typically allow players to rebuy and get another try to get to the top of the leaderboard. You will receive a starting balance and you will have to play a certain amount of hands before you can qualify to win a prize.
Liberty Slots Blackjack Tournaments
Liberty Slots has a daily tournament called Table21 that involves US Blackjack rules. This daily tournament starts at 7PM (EST) and ends at Midnight. There is a $50 prize pool for this freeroll tournament.
There is also a weekly blackjack tournament called the Blackjack Classic that involves the US Blackjack game. This tournament begins on Friday and ends on Thursday. There is a $2.00 Buy In and the Prize Pool is divided amongst the top 5 players.
You will start with $200 in balance and have the entire week to try to build the biggest balance by the end of the week. You can Rebuy for $2.00, which you are allowed to do when you balance is $5.00 or less. This will give you an additional $200 in balance.
BetUS Casino Blackjack Tournaments
BetUS has similar single player blackjack tournaments as Liberty Slots. However, these blackjack tournaments are all Daily and they all have a minimum of $5 buy-in. Here is the schedule:
Monday – $1,000 Prize Pool/$10 buy-in/$10 rebuy
Tuesday – $900 Prize Pool/$10 buy-in/$10 rebuy
Wednesday – $500 Prize Pool/$5 buy-in/$5 rebuy
Thursday – $600 Prize Pool/$5 buy-in/$5 rebuy
Friday – $1,000 Prize Pool/$10 buy-in/$10 rebuy
Saturday – $500 Prize Pool/$5 buy-in/$5 rebuy
Sunday – $1,300 Prize Pool/$15 buy-in/$10 rebuy
Maximum of 10 Rebuys per tournament. he players who finish with the most chips as of 11:59:59pm ET will be credited their Tournament prizes within 24 hours. You are required to complete 50 hands.
This is going to be a two part post. I have been finding that not too many people are playing these blackjack tournaments. Usually, the largest tournaments won’t have more than 50 people. Most are currently under 20 players for a normal multi-player elimination blackjack tournaments. You can expect to find 10 or less at most Sit ‘N’ Goes.
The first part of this post is about a couple of new casino options that I have found. All of the blackjack tournaments that I have shown you is from one of three casino software providers: 21Gnet (5Dimes, Bookmaker) which offer multi-player blackjack tournaments, Microgaming (Gaming Club, Jackpot City) which also offers multi-player blackjack, and Wager Gaming Technology (Liberty Slots) which offers single player blackjack tournaments.
Any blackjack tournament that you play online will have one of these three platforms. I have found a couple more casinos to add to my original list. These casinos will often share players across the platform and amongst each other. Occasionally, some casinos (like Bet365) will offer a “blackjack tournament” which is based off of gaining Comps. Usually, it is the person with the most real money wagering in a set amount of time that wins the 1st place cash prize.
Here are some more online casinos that you can check out that offer blackjack tournaments:
SportBet – I like SportBet Casino because they offer at two decent blackjack tournaments each day. These can get a bit expensive, however, as the minimum entry fee is $22. The tournaments use the same software as 5Dimes. SportBet does not offer any type of casino bonus. But, they do offer up to 20% cash back of your overall losses.
Island Casino – Share the same players as SportBet. That means that many of the larger tournaments are combined. I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think that these casinos share the Sit N Go tournament players. There are small multi-table tournaments and single-table tournaments that may take up to 10 minutes to fill up and begin.
Right off the bat, Microgaming casinos currently do not accept players from the United States. If you are from the US, you will want to either play at the 21GNet or Wager Gaming Technology casinos.
Ladbrokes Casino – There are 4 main multi-player tournaments that take place every day: a $400 Survivor, two $100 Survivor and a $50 Survivor. The entry fee is $15, $3 and $2 respectively. There is a maximum of 140 players; however, there are rarely over 20 during the week.
Riverbelle Casino – They offer and share the same Survivor blackjack tournaments as Ladbrokes Casino. Survivor (or elimination) tournaments involve more than 1 round. During that round, you will receive a certain number of starting chips and a certain number of hands to accumulate more than your opponents.
Blackjack Tournaments at Casinos
Most of the larger prize money blackjack tournaments will actually take place at a casino. The entry fee is often much higher (between $50 and $1500) and the prize pools are also much higher (between $5,000 and $150,000). You will find blackjack tournaments taking place at the following casinos:
Nevada: Cosmopolitan Casino – Las Vegas; Golden Nugget – Laughlin; Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas; Orleans Casino – Las Vegas; Paris – Las Vegas; The D – Las Vegas; Treasure Island – Las Vegas; Tropicana – Las Vegas; Tropicana Express – Laughlin
Canada: Casino de Clarlevoix – La Malbaie, Quebec; Casino Rama – Orilla, Ontario
Indiana: Majestic Star Casino – Gary
Iowa: Isle of Capri – Bettendorf; Meskwaki Casino – Tama
Michigan: Kewadin – Sault St Marie; Kewadin Casino – Manistique; Kewadin Casino – Christmas
Minnesota: Jackpot Junction Casino – Morton
Mississippi: Beau Rivage – Biloxi; Fitz Tunica – Robinsonville; Hard Rock Casino – Biloxi; Island View Casino – Gulfport; Sam’s Town Tunica – Robinsonville
New York: Seneca Allegany Casino – Salamanca; Seneca Niagara Casino – Niagara Falls
Oklahoma: WinStar World Casino – Thackerville
Pennsylvania: The Meadows Race & Casino – Meadow Lands
Wisconsin: St Croix Casino – Turtle Lake