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Tournaments are another way in which the informed player can have a chance of winning big at the casino.  In tournaments, you have to beat the other players, not the casino.  These tournaments are becoming more important to the serious blackjack player as the casinos step up their card counting prevention strategies, making it more difficult to win at conventional blackjack games.

In addition, tournaments can be a lot more fun than regular games, as you must battle with your fellow players and try to outsmart them to win significant cash prizes.

Below is a description of upcoming tournaments throughout 2002.  If you can provide any further information, please let me know by email.

To read about my latest tournament tour during February 2002, visit the tournament diary page.

Star City (Sydney, NSW)

No blackjack tournaments currently scheduled.

Crown Casino (Melbourne, VIC)

The only Blackjack tournaments currently held are invitation-only Magnificent 7's tournaments.  In order to be eligible for these tournaments, you must have a Magnificent 7's wager and get three sevens of the same suit in your first three cards.  You then get the chance to play for a prize pool of $250,000.

Burswood Casino (Perth, WA)

Burswood has a popular bi-annual "Blackjack Challenge" in which 112 competitors compete for a total prize pool of $25,000.  The entry fee is $110, and it is held around March and then November each year.

The prize structure is as follows:

1st: $15,000
2nd: $5,000
3rd: $2,000
4th: $1,500
5th: $1000
6th: $500

The tournament structure is as follows:
Each player begins with $100 (of their own money).  Minimum bet is $5.  After 60 minutes, the highest three money winners progress to the next round.  The last 15 minutes, 10 minutes, and last 3 hands will be announced.

There is a first round, preliminary final, quarter final and semi final.  The 3 highest money winners from each table of 6 players progress to the next round (except the first round, where it is the top 3 out of 7).
 

Conrad Jupiters Casino (Gold Coast, QLD)

Jupiters has one weekly, and three annual competitions:

War of Nerves: Conductued in July each year, this competiiton has an entry fee of $295, and 294 competitors battle it out for the following prizes:

1st: $50,000
2nd: $20,000
3rd: $10,000
4th: $3000
5th: $2000
6th: $1000
7th: $730

Players start with $1000 (non-value) and the minimum bet is $25.  Players must get through 3 rounds (top 2 from 7, 2 from 6 then 1 from 4) to make it to the final. One 'wildcard entrant' is also admitted to the final.
 

Ultimate Challenge: This is the higher stakes tournament at Jupiters scheduled for the 22, 23 and 24 November 2002, where the entry fee is $1,250 and 98 players compete for the following prizes:

1st: $70,000
2nd: $20,000
3rd: $12,000
4th: $7500
5th: $6000
6th: $4000
7th: $3000
8th: $1,250

Players start with $1000 (non-value) and the minimum bet is $25.  Players must get through 3 rounds (top 3 from 6 or 7, 3 from 7, then 2 from 7) to make it to the final. One 'wildcard entrant' is also admitted to the final.

Blackjack Challenge (Club Conrad only): An entry fee of $5000 to play with 21 players for a first prize of $75,000 and a total prize pool of $115,000.  Please enlighten me if you have further details.

Wednesday Night Blackjack:  Scheduled to start again in March 2002 on wednesday nights.A $60 entry fee will give you then chance to compete with 84 players for the following:

1st: $1680
2nd: $840
3rd: $630
4th: $525
5th: $315
6th: $210

Players start with $1000 (non-value) and the minimum bet is $25.  Players must get through 3 rounds (top 3 from 7, 3 from 6, then 2 from 6) to make it to the final. The first - third placegetters will also get to play off in a "winners challenge" for $10,080.
 

Jupiters Townsville (QLD)

A "Blackjack Challenge" is held on the last Wednesday of every second month (alternates with a roulette tournament on the last Wednesday of alternate months).  Entry is $100 and 18 players compete for a first prize of $1500. It is played with non-value chips with two rounds - the highest 2 money winners from tables of 7 players go onto the grand final.

Higher stakes tournaments will be held on the 13 April, 13 July and 16 November 2002.  Entry fee is $2000 with prizes as follows:

1st: $25,000
2nd: $7000
3rd: $4000
4th: $2000
5th: $2000
6th: $2000

21 Players start with $500 casino chips and fight it out over 30 hands, with a minimum $5 and maximum $250 bets.  A nights free accomodation is thrown in to entice players from out of town.  A mini tournament will be held on the Friday before the tournament, 12 April 2002 with a buy in of $500.
 

Conrad Treasury (Brisbane, QLD)

Currently no blackjack tournaments scheduled.

Skycity Casino (Adelaide, SA)

The "Jack Daniels" tournament is planned for the first Tuesday every month.  Buy in will be $30 to complete for a first prize of $1,200.  More details will be posted as they come to hand.

Skycity also has a dollar sevens tournament.  To enter, you must win 3 suited sevens at regular dollar sevens.  Held approx. every 90 days, 49 players compete for the following prizes:

1st: $250,000
2nd: $50,000
3rd: $25,000
4th: $15,000
5th: $10,000
6th: $10,000
7th: $10,000

Non value chips are used, and the top player from each table of 7 in the heats will progress to the final.
 

Casino Canberra (Canberra, ACT)

This year, Casino Canberra has scheduled a series of three competitions.  Each competition comprises two BJ tournaments, a $500 entry tournament on the Saturdays and a $1,500 entry tournament on the Sundays. 

Series One 15 & 16 May
Series Two 28 & 29 August
Series Three 4 & 5 December 

Winners of the $500 entry tournament will receive $500 in tournament credits to be used at any other tournament in the 2004 BJ series.  Finalists who make it to 1st, 2nd & 3rd places of both tournaments in a weekend will receive $500 bonus cash.  Bonus cash not awarded will go into the Point Score Competition.

If you make it to become a finalist at each tournament, you will be allocated with points according to your placing.  At the end of 2004 BJ Series, the best player by point score will be awarded $5,000 plus any jackpot amount.

 

MGM Grand International Hotel Casino (Darwin, NT)

Currently no blackjack tournaments scheduled.

Christchurch Casino, New Zealand

The "Summer Blackjack Challenge" was held a couple of years ago, where 28 players payed NZ$2000 each to play for the following prizes:

1st: NZ$40,000
2nd: $6000
3rd to 7th: $2000

Players start with $1000 with minimum bets of $25.
 


Online Tournaments

 Click here to see all the upcoming tournaments at online casinos.

This month, the RichChicken online casino database is offering a free entry online blackjack tournament.

 


Tournament Rules in Australia

Australian casinos seem to deal the cards in a non standard order. Normally, (in a tournament), the person who bets first (the
person with the "first bet" marker) is dealt his/her cards first, then the person to that player's left, and so on till the person at the
first player's right. The person who bets first also makes his playing decisions (hit, stand, spit, or double) first as well. This can
be important, and that is why in other countries the penalty of playing first is shared around the table, just like the penalty of
betting first is shared.

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