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Blackjack Tournament Varieties

When it comes to blackjack tournaments there are a lot of different types and varieties to choose from. Blackjack tournament types differ in their rules, their prizes, and their entry fees and registration. Read on to learn about some of the most common blackjack tournament varieties.

Scheduled Blackjack Tournaments

Scheduled blackjack tournaments are, as the name suggests, scheduled in advance. Participants must register and pay the entry fee (if applicable) in advance. The tournament begins on a specific day and time and participants must show up in time if they want to be a part of the tournament. There are scheduled tournaments on the Web as well as in live casinos.

Sit and Go Blackjack Tournaments

As opposed to scheduled tournaments, sit and go blackjack tournaments begin as soon as enough players have entered. Sit and go tournaments are usually smaller than scheduled tournaments with smaller prizes. However, if you have the hankering to play tournament style blackjack it is usually quite easy to find a sit and go tournament going on any time of day.

Satellite Tournaments

A satellite blackjack tournament does not have a cash prize. Rather, the winner, or winners, wins a seat in a larger more prestigious blackjack tournament. Satellite tournaments are a good way to win the opportunity to take place in a tournament that you may not be able to afford otherwise. The entry fee for satellites is usually substantially lower than the entry fee for the tournament you will win a seat in.

Guaranteed Tournaments

In many blackjack tournaments the prize is made up of a percentage of the entry fees. This can lead to very large prizes in big tournaments with a lot of participants. However, if not many people register to play the prize pot can be quite small. Guaranteed tournaments avoid this issue by guaranteeing a minimum prize. For instance, in a guaranteed tournament with a $100 entry fee a casino may offer a guaranteed prize of $10,000 for the winner.

Tournament Rule Variations

Tournament rules may differ depending upon where you are playing, so it is always important to look into the rules before you start playing tournament blackjack. Some tournaments, known as Elimination tournaments, eliminate the players with the least chips as the game progresses. Other tournaments are broken down into rounds and at the end of each round only the top players progress in the tournament. Other tournament rules state that players are only eliminated when they run out of chips and at the end of the tournament the player with the most chips is declared the winner.