Elimination Blackjack or Tournament Blackjack is one of the most exciting games around. It is like a cross between a poker tournament and Blackjack all rolled up into one.
If you’ve never learned how to play, either from experienced players or from a book or Web site, you probably have no idea what you’re doing. If you’re a beginner, spend some time learning Basic Strategy so you don’t embarrass yourself at the tables.
If you’re an experienced player you know that you can always learn more and improve your game.
The first difference between blackjack tournaments and regular blackjack play is that a tournament involved beating the other players. In a normal, casino-style game of blackjack, how the other players do compared to you has no relevance; in a blackjack tournament, it's the only thing that does have relevance. So the chip stacks of the other players has a major effect on your tournament strategy.
Here are some exciting highlights of Elimination Blackjack:
You are trying to accumulate the largest amount of chips along the way.
The player with the least amount of chips after hands 8, 16 and 25 is eliminated.
To make it even more interesting, there is something called a Secret Bet. Each player has one Secret Bet per round, allowing you to bet a certain amount of chips without letting the other players know what your bet is. This introduces an element of bluffing not found in other versions of Blackjack.
Players may split, double down or surrender a hand.
If you lose your chips, you have busted out of the tournament.
The object of the game, which is played with one or more 52-card decks, by one or more players, versus a dealer, is to draw cards that total exactly 21, or come as close to this count as possible without going over it. Exceeding the critical count is said to be breaking 21, or busting.
This means that if a player goes over 21, he loses immediately. Cards have point values as follows: an ace counts as either eleven or one, at the option of the player; all face cards have a value of 10; all other cards are counted according to their numerical value.
The players are dealt one card face-down and, in most versions of the game, the dealer deals himself a single card, face-down, which is said to be his hole-card. The dealer then deals the players and himself a second card face-up. More Blackjack Card Game Tips
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