Another FreeRoll! Las Vegas Advisor $3,575 tournament

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by KenSmith, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Great news! Las Vegas Advisor is offering a FreeRoll Blackjack Tournament at Global Player, in addition to the one sponsored by By special arrangement, Las Vegas Advisor has kindly agreed to allow all visitors to participate, even if they already have an account at Global Player. Of course, if you don't have an account, you can sign up for one. If you were too late to get a seat in the BJT Tourn Dec 5th, here's your second chance to get in on a free roll.

    The LVA event features $3575 in prize money, with no entry fee to participate. There are 5 different days to participate, and you choose whichever date you prefer. The dates offered are:

    Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern (12 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern (12 p.m. Vegas time)

    Each round will be for 125 players, and should take no more than two hours to complete. (Each household is eligible to participate in only one of the qualifying rounds.) On Sunday Dec 12, at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas) the final table will match up the first-place finishers from the 5 days for a winner-take-all $1,000 top prize!

    Prize Structure:

    Each of the 5 daily freeroll events will have a $515 prize pool. The prize money will be divided as follows:

    Final table:

    1st: $100 cash and a seat at the final table on Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern time. 2nd: $50 cash
    3rd: $40 cash
    4th: $30 cash
    5th: $20 cash

    Semi-final tables:

    1st: $20 x 5 tables $100 cash
    2nd: $15 x 5 tables = $75 cash
    3rd: $10 x 5 tables = $50 cash
    4th: $10 x 5 tables = $50 cash

    Signup Instructions:

    1. If you don't yet have a Global Player account, download the software and open an account. Start here.

    2. Login to the casino software using your account data and click on the GROUPS button in the top right of the main game selection.

    3. Click 'Add' to add a group. Enter "lasvegasadvisor" as the group name and "winner" as the password.

    4. After entering the group information, a popup window will come up with the following text: "To register to the LVA tournament, please select Blackjack, Multi Player and LasVegasAdvisor Blackjack Tournament for the day you wish to participate." When clicking on one of the tournaments, another popup will open with a link. A click on the link will open the tournament page in the browser where you have to click on "Participate".

    Tournament Details:

    Standard tournament structure with a rotating button so that each person gets a turn at acting in late position.

    Qualifying tournaments:

    • Will start with 125 at 25 tables (5 people per table).
    • Top 2 finishers from each table advance to round 2.
    • 2nd round is 50 players at 10 tables (5 per table), top 2 advance to round 3.
    • 3rd round is 20 players at 5 tables (4 people per table).
    • 1st place from each table on Round 3 goes to final table.
    • Final table has 5 players. 1st place gets to play winner-take-all event on Sunday.
    • Each round will consist of 15 hands of blackjack.
    • Top 1 or 2 bankrolls after the 15 hands advance.
    • Players start with $5,000 in chips.
    • Minimum bet is $100 and maximum bet is $2,500.
    • Blackjack rules will be 6 decks, hit soft 17, splitting up to 3 hands, aces split only once, doubling is allowed after splitting, and late surrender is available.
    • Penetration is 80%.
    So, get registered, and enjoy the tournament.
  2. rookie789

    rookie789 Active Member

    Ken, Thank You

    I am amazed at the time you spend keeping us aware of upcoming events such as the LVA Freeroll without a subscrition fee to, if my exwife spent as much time cooking dinner as you do keeping us informed I may still be married. I am entered in your upcoming freeroll global tournament and will commit any winnings I may earn (unlikely, I'm a rookie) to help you sponser a 2nd event and i challenge other members of your site to make the same commitment. Competion is the challenge not the money, I don't think the money will change anyone's lifestyle. Although they may not read this post I would like to thank you, S Yama and TxTourPlayer for answering my recent question concerning betting strategy.
  3. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    LVA freeroll tourney

    I signed up last week, sorry I didn't mention anything I thought it was only for LVA members. It was easy to sign up if your already downloaded global. I just signed on like the regular tournaments only using LVA info and password.

    Guess I well see ya'll at both freerolls.
  4. Springbac

    Springbac Member


    The second and trird round for each day will follow shortly after the last table has completed play. Therefore, anyone participating will only play on your sign up day unless you make the final playoff.
  5. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    The LVA tournament was originally to be available only to brand-new accounts signed up at Global Player through LVA. That changed during a phone call I had with them last night. They deserve our thanks for opening this up.
  6. colin563

    colin563 New Member

    Hi Ken;)

    Thanks very much for the tournament yesterday, I had great fun, I was chuffed to bits to win my heat, ( all be it the second time around ) then come 2nd in my semi final, just a pity I needed to win it to progress through to the final, but I really enjoyed my self :D , not bad for my very first one, even though I did't get to my bed till about 1230 am my time:eek: after the problem the casino had.

    Can you help me, the following:

    Las Vegas Advisor $3,575 FreeRoll Blackjack Tournament Times

    Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern (12 p.m. Vegas time)
    Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern (12 p.m. Vegas time)

    Please is it possible to tell me what time these start in UK time ( GMT )
    I would like to take part, but would't be able to if its during the day when I'm at work and as I don't get home till 6pm in the evening my UK time ( GMT ) don't want to sign up till I'm sure I can make it on, don't know what Eastern time is

    Thanks for info in advance, take care and be lucky


  7. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    This time of year, GMT = Eastern time + 5 hrs

    Here's the schedule for Greenwich Mean Time:
    Dec. 8 at 11 p.m. GMT
    Dec. 9 at 11 p.m. GMT
    Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. GMT
    Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. GMT
    Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. GMT

    Getting home in time won't be a problem for you Colin. Now, getting up for work on Monday the 13th may be another thing altogether!

    And, just a reminder. You'll play only one of the times mentioned above. Players who advance will play again on Dec 12, at 11 p.m. GMT.
  8. colin563

    colin563 New Member

    Thanks Ken for the info;)
  9. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Email about LVA event

    Just to make sure everyone saw this email, about the upcoming LVA event, here's a message from Global Player.

    Dear LVA-Tournament participants,

    we are happy to announce that the big event you all are waiting for is
    coming up shortly! There are some things you might want to know in

    1. new software release
    In order to participate in the tournament you have to download the latest
    release of our software. You can check if you have the latest version by
    starting our casino software. At the top of the window you can see the
    version which should be If you have not already installed the
    new version, a popup window will inform you that a new version of the
    software is available. Choose "yes" to install the update. While the
    download is in progress you can use the software as usual. Why not
    familiarize yourself with how our blackjack is played using our guest
    games? After the download finished you must close the software and restart
    it to run the updated version. One of the new main features is the
    improved chat function. This way you can talk to other players and the
    Global-Player Casino support team while gaming.

    2. show up early
    The tournament will start sharp at 6:00 pm EST (for Wednesday, Thursday and
    Friday) or 3:00 pm EST (for Saturday and Sunday). Participants who do not
    show up in time will lose their seat! So please show up at least 20
    minutes prior to the event and join the chat. The tables will open 10
    minutes prior to the game.

    3. watch the leaderboard
    To be informed about the ongoing games, you can watch the leaderboard for
    the event. It can be found - besides other important information - on Click on your day to see
    information about the ongoing game. We update it every minute, so hit
    reload if you want to get the most up-to-date data.

    4. join the chat
    Again, we want to remind you that the easiest and fastest way to get in
    touch with us is the chat function. To join the chat, please log into the
    software using username, password and PIN. Then choose PLAYER INFO at the
    left. A new window will show up. Here, you will find the CHAT button that
    starts the chat. You will join the Lobby chatroom automatically. The
    Global-Player Casino staff is available from 9 am EST until the tournament
    finished. Ask if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

    Thank you for participating in the tournament and good luck!

    Your Global-Player tournament team
  10. dkurfurst

    dkurfurst New Member

    Much better

    I got it this morning, I think their instructions in this one are much more informative, the only way you could mess up on this one is by not reading it. The only other thing that may have been helpful is to have a brief statement as to what to do in the event of a delay or systen hiccup like last week. It seems to me that they have a true interest in making this work well for all of us and are taking all our feedback to heart. Anyway, looking forward to getting my butt kicked tomorrow...
  11. instagator

    instagator New Member

    Chuffed to Bits ?

    Hey Colin, can you explain the term "chuffed to bits"? It sounds like what happened to me the last time I was in Vegas. LOL
  12. ptaylorcpa

    ptaylorcpa Member

    First round report

    Did anyone play or watch the first group on Wednesday? How did it go? I got to see some play and it appeared that overall things were going smoother than last weekend's tournament. Still looked like people were having problems with play just because they had not used the software before. Did the system crash at all? My connection went down, but I don't know if that was just me or if they had server problems again.
  13. dkurfurst

    dkurfurst New Member


    I made it to the second round and up to that point it was absolutely flawless at our table, not sure how it was after I left though. Communication in the chat room was much better, lots of updates as to what was happening and when. A night and day difference from Sunday
  14. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    Had to leave early

    Of course my luck continues, I pick Wed. to play since I had nothing scheduled then. Then around 4:00 I get the call, my wife needs me to pick her up at 5:30. I'm screwd, rule number one (1) the wife always comes before any tournament (if you want to stay married...LOL).

    So needless to say I just came out firing hoping to grab a big lead before I had to leave, (I was really hoping for a crash so I could get back in time to play...LOL). Neither happened so my LVA tournament is over in less then 10 hands, (whata gonna do?). I am glad they had no problems on one hand, but sad they didn't yesterday...LOL.

    I support Global efferts an hope they do well even with some of the problems I have occured. I have won the first round in two tournaments when the system has crashed and ended up losing on the re-plays, this is going to happen, but Global has taken care of me and anyone else that has had these problems happen to them.

    I did notice one problem yesterday and that was I placed a bigger bet ($1,200) and it changed to the $100 minimum bet. I ended up losing so it helped me, but did this happen to anyone else?

    I think Global is getting very close to correcting the problems and will soon start hosting tournaments on a regular basis or at least I hope they do.
  15. gflan

    gflan New Member

    I didn't make it past the first round!

    Thought I had a great opportunity...only 4 at my first round table.
    I thought Global Player did a great job of responding to concerns and put out pretty good instructions for the new players. It seemed that many more players knew the mechanics of betting this time around.
    I floated in and out watching several of the later rounds and didn't really hear or see too many complaints and no real problems.

    TX, the bet switching amount more than likely resulted from you forgetting to press deal and timing out. It is so easy to see the chips in your betting circle and think you are done but if you have forgotten to press deal the computer doesn't see the bet and you time out. (it's happened to me at least 1/2 a dozen times).

    I noticed in chat that GP had several technical people around and seemed to be working very hard to keep up with player questions and concerns. I personally think those guys are doing a really good job.
  16. TXtourplayer

    TXtourplayer Executive Member

    Might be the problem

    Thanks gflan, you might be right. I was in a hurry yesterday and that is what probally happened. I like the fifteen hand format it seems to have less problems and speeds up the tournament.

    Like I mentioned before, I will be glad when Global get's a regular weekly or even daily tournaments going. This can and should be the first steps into building blackjack prize money to compete with the poker tournaments.
  17. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    A few comments

    I haven't dropped by the LVA tournaments yet, as I don't play until Sunday. But it sounds like things are improved.

    I do know that GP determined what caused the main failure during the BJT event. There was a time limit somewhere in the server software that caused all the players to disconnect. Had the start not been delayed, we never would have encountered the trouble. I'm glad they discovered the root cause, and I'm sure they've made adjustments for it on their side.

    On the bet-changing-to-minimum issue, I heard a few people mention this during the BJT event, and I figured it was what gflan has described. However, there was so much other stuff going on, I never got a chance to respond to that in chat. Here's an idea: I'll ask GP if we can have the bet default to whatever's in the box when time runs out. That way, if a player forgets to click 'Deal', it won't be a surprise.
  18. colin563

    colin563 New Member

    "Chuffed to bits"

    Howdy Instagator;)

    "Chuffed to bits" just a Scottish term ( or may be a UK term ) meaning had a great time:p or very happy:D , for more info :
    take care and be lucky, see you at the tables


  19. Jackaroo

    Jackaroo New Member

    Congrats Kevin!

    Kevin Blackwood has won heat #2 and is in the Sunday LVA Final. Nice going Kevin. Great DD on the last hand.
    Great idea Ken. As has been mentioned in the Feedback thread for the BJT event, the flashing betting box is very hard to see. It definitely needs much more emphasis.

  20. GP tournament

    Thanks for the support jackaroo. I thought Rick was going to join me at the final table, but I got better cards today. Hope someone else from this site makes the big dance on Sunday with me.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2004

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