... where I had a great time, and took part in the 'European Masters of Blackjack'. As is always the case, the name of the event makes the whole thing sound a little more grand than it is in reality. Six of us qualified via an online promotion to take part in a single-table tournament, taking place during the European Masters of Poker event, at the resort of Sunny Beach. As it happens, one of the six did not show up, and in the ensuing five-horse race, I'm afraid I have to report that I limped home in fourth place. I got €1500, compared to €6000 for the winner, and €500 for the guy who stayed at home! It was quite an interesting format. Some of the details had to be thrashed out at the last minute. I'd been a little bit disappointed that I could't get hold of precise rules in advance of the tournament, but things were handled very well on the day. There was no max bet, which was a shame, but that detail of the rules was one of those which actually was given out in advance, so it would probably have been wrong to change it. The main feature of note is that this was a form of EBJ, with the last man going out, until we got all the way down to a winner. The exact wording of the rules was - The thing I quite like about this, compared to the UBT version of EBJ, is that if a player goes out early, before the scheduled elimination hand, that signifies the end of the level, so you never have to worry about finding yourself suddenly descending to the position of BRL, with only one or two hands to go before the next scheduled elimination. In fact if two players should lose all their chips on the same hand, the result is that a level is skipped; the current level is always a function of the number of players remaining. What do you all think of the format?