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Old 5th March 2004
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Question Blackjack Tournament structure

We get several enquiries about possible casino promotions and special events.

Running a Blackjack tournament (If you have the available tables) is almost a guaranteed way of increasing attendance and rewarding your loyal customers. It is also sure to generate some exitement when down to the final table.

Do we have any members who run them regularily. What is the effect.

Also, without going into too much detail what format would you suggest that has worked well for you. Session times, Intitial chips and prizes etc...

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Old 5th March 2004
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We used to run them every week on the ships.
Don't know how big a tournament or how long you want to run it for.But ours used to last about 3 1/2 hours.
Each player would buy in for $10 get 1000 in chips and play 7 hands of blackjack.Max bet was 500 and you got 2-1 for a blackjack.
At the end of the 7 hands we would add up the total number of chips each player had,and the 7 players that had the highest scores throughout the afternoon would all play off in the final starting with 1000 in chip and no max bet.
You could enter the tournament as many times as you liked until it was time for the final.We also used to have a betting order that went clockwise around the table.Moving one space after each round of hands.
All the finalists would get a Casino t shirt,playing card,keyring etc and cash for the ones that came 1st,2nd,3rd.

I can also remember the time we were asked to run a Blackjack tournament in the crew bar.$100 each for dealing it,free beer all night and everytime someone got a blackjack you had to take a couple of swigs of beer.
We ran it over 2 nights,5 hours each night.Two tables going,it was jam packed,everyone wanted to play.$2000 prize money.Casino staff that entered came 1st,3rd and 5th.Needless to say the crew comittee banned casino staff from entering the next time we had one!!

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Old 5th March 2004
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We definitly use these tournaments here.

We use them for various options

1. Increase hotel occupancy on quiet weekends
2. Fill up the tables throughout the weekend
3. Increase F&B spend
4. Encourage gamers to bring their families

Friday night trials and the finals on Saturday night - it only takes up an hour or three and you have your spenders in for the weekend. Our place is off the beaten track so many of our regulars spend the evenings inhouse.

It would probably work a little differently for a place that relies on immeadiate vicinity spend.

No max bet, all start with same purse, opening hand moves onwards every hand, table winner (last man standing) moves to next round.

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Old 6th March 2004
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A different twist

I tried this style of tournament with some good success on the cruise ships.

The tournamnet ended with a group of five playing for a share of the entry fees collected.

To reach the final table, you had to be in the top five of a 'league table' posted in the casino.

Basically it went as follows. An entry fee was $20 was paid to enter. Once paid you had 10 hands to turn $50 into as much as possible. The play was tracked during the course of regular gaming by a pit boss (or designate) If you ended up with enough money to get on the board your name went up.

The tournament ran the entire week with the final on the last day of the cruise. I remember it did well due to a couple of facts. People would always try to beat their 'buddies' off the board and unlike a traditional tourny which is designed to get people in the casino, the play took part as regular gaming. People would make dumb moves to win money, particularly near the end of play.
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Old 15th March 2004
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We run it over a weekend, we run 5 tournaments a year, to "re-introduce" our players and new players to our casino. A $1,000 buyin gets them in the tournament which is run over 2 days. All the buyins are handed back as winnings and we pick up travel and accomodation.
Depending on the number of buyins, the tournaments have proved successful and entries have increased with every tournament held, a number from each table in the first rounds(usually 2) moves through to the semi final tables held on the second day. We usually have 2 from the semi tables move through to the final with the worst being as a finalist you received your initial buyin for the tournament back.
The winner will get approximately 60% of the total prize pool.
We purposfully run it over a minimum 2 days to keep the players in house longer, if there here longer they'll punt longer.
Our most recent tournament doubled our daily win after all costs for the tournament had been removed. So they are proving successful.
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Exclamation Tournament Structure and Procedures

I have received a request for procedures for operating a Blackjack tournament.

What I need is a document detailing the format from start to finish. Including....

Tournament promotion
Table allotment
Game rules - betting
Time, Hands or Shoe's
Player advancement
Prize giving.

If you have designed a tournament that has worked well and proved popular with your customers and have the procedures a fee will be paid.

Please note...
These procedures must be your own personal property or copyright and not simply from a company manual.

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