Blackjack tournaments have been around for quite a while and these tournaments have been taking place in land-based casinos all round the world.
At the end of the 20th century these Blackjack tournaments lost their popularity for a while as casinos no longer offered them as they usually drew card counters.
Over the last few years Blackjack tournaments have increased in popularity. With the advent of online casinos Blackjack tournaments are offered regularly and are much more accessible to many more players.
How does it Work
The objective of a Blackjack tournament is to win against the dealer and by winning more chips than the other players at the table. New Zealand players will be asked to pay an entry fee in order to join a Blackjack tournament and this goes into what is known as the prize pool. Most online casinos will take a small percentage of the pool to cover their costs. Each player will be given chips or credits to play with, this is known as the starting stack. Blackjack tournaments can be played as a single round or multiple rounds. For each round players will either have a fixed number of hands or a fixed time period. Players will play the game as they usually would, winning or losing against the dealer. After each hand the order of play will change which means the same player does not go first every time.
Rules will differ depending on the tournament and if a single round has been played the chips are totalled to determine the winner, the player who has the most chips. The money is then paid out according to the payout schedule. In some New Zealand Blackjack tournaments the winner sometimes wins all the money in the pool while some tournaments divide up the pool among the players. With regard to multiple Blackjack rounds, there are often eliminations at the end of each round. The eliminations are determined by the winnings of each player at the end of each round. This will continue until a winner is left.
Types of Blackjack Tournaments
New Zealand players will have access to a few different types of Blackjack tournaments. The elimination and non-elimination Blackjack tournaments can be found at various online casinos. With the elimination Blackjack players are eliminated at the end of each round so it could be the player with the least chips or all the players except two who have the most chips. Non-elimination Blackjack has one round and the player with the most amount of chips is the winner. New Zealand Blackjack tournament players can also play single or multi-table tournaments. Single tournaments are played at one table while multiple tournaments are played at multiple tables usually with elimination rules. There are sit and go tournaments which start at any time while scheduled tournaments begin at a stipulated time once there are enough players.
New Zealand players should take advantage of freerolls as they are free to enter, but there is some prize money, albeit low, up for grabs. Freerolls are often offered by online casinos as an incentive to new players. Guaranteed Blackjack tournaments have a minimum prize pool no matter how many players enter. New Zealand players can also choose Satellite tournaments which do not have cash payouts but players can progress to higher value tournaments.
Blackjack tournaments offer New Zealand players the chance to play against the casino dealer and against the other players at the table in order to stand in line for the prize pool payout.