If you are preparing to play in a blackjack tournament than it is important to have a solid grasp of blackjack rules. However, beyond that it is important to understand the actual tournament rules. Different rules apply in different tournaments. However, most tournaments are based on a similar structure. Read on to learn about the way that blackjack tournaments work and about common blackjack tournament rules.
For starters, we'll discuss the basics. In order to participate in a blackjack tournament, players must pay an entry fee, or buy-in. The buy-in fees are usually combined to form the prize pool, though some tournaments have set prizes and the entry fees go to the house. Before you enter a tournament it is important to find out what the prize is and make sure that the amount of the entry fee is worth it.
For your entry fee you will receive a predetermined number of chips. Each player begins the tournament with an equal amount of chips. Players then play an allotted number of games of blackjack, which constitute the first round. Players that run out of chips are eliminated immediately and may not buy back in to the tournament. At the end of the first round the top players will move on to round two. In most tournaments the players will receive an equal number of chips at the beginning of each round. However, in some tournaments your bankroll moves with you from round to round. This is known as the ¡°Keep Bankroll¡± rule. At the end of an allotted number of rounds, the player with the most chips is declared the winner.
In order to keep things fair and even for all players there are several rules that are employed in tournament play. The ¡°Rotate Deal¡± rule requires the dealer to start dealing the cards out to a different player in each hand. The ¡°Rotate First Bet¡± rule requires a different player to place their bet first in each hand. This negates any sort of seating advantage and keeps the players on an even field. Some tournaments also allow players to make one ¡°Secret Bet¡± during each round-placing a bet without letting the other players know how much it is for.
When it comes to elimination, most tournaments allow the top two players to advance from each table at the end of each round. However, in elimination tournaments only the bottom player at each tournament is eliminated at the end of each round and all other players move on in the tournament.
As you can see, there are a lot of varying blackjack tournament rules. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules of the tournament in which you will be playing in order to maximize your success and plan your strategy.