Masters of Blackjack 2008, Fallsview Niagara Falls!

Discussion in 'Blackjack Events (Canada)' started by BlackJack_Master, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member


    I am an avid BJ player, but this will be my first BJ tournament!

    Masters of Blackjack - Qualifying Round.
    Location: Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls.
    Buy-In: $250
    Date: Oct 29th, 2008.

    Can anyone offer any advice, strategy, comments on this tournament? The rules can be found at (Page 2 for the Qualifying Round Rules).

    By the looks of the rules, each round lasts "about" an hour and the top 2 from each table advance to the semi-finals... is this a timed round? or a designated amount of hands per round?

  2. LeftNut

    LeftNut Top Member

    Hmmmmmm - very interesting question that doesn't appear to be addressed in their rules. They do mention the shoe size and penetration, which brings up a third possibility that a game lasts until the cards run out (although that would be rather strange).

    Anyone been there and can chime in with the answer?
  3. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    When I attended a year or two ago it was a set number of hands. Something around 20 to 25 hands sounds familiar.
  4. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    Hey Hey.... just called the Casino.... i

    It's 21 hands per round.

    Round 1 - 7 Players, Top 2 move to Round 2 (Semi-Final).
    Round 2 (Semi-Finals) - 7 Players, 1 player advances to Final Round.
    Round 3 - Final Round.

    Any suggestions or tips?
  5. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

  6. LeftNut

    LeftNut Top Member

    I just called them, too. Booked with a waiting list for October.
  7. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member


    I just got off the phone with the Casino...

    They still have availability for the October 29th Qualifier.

    Casino Toll Free # 1-877-777-9178

  8. LeftNut

    LeftNut Top Member

    Thanks for the tip! I did try again within a half-hour of your post but got the same story as I did before. When I mentioned "a guy I know just called and was told there are spots available", she put me on hold for about 5 minutes, then returned and explained that she couldn't find the right person to clarify things. She took my phone number and said she'd call back when she had answers. Nothing further yet.............. :confused:
  9. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    Maybe they are holding back spots for PAC Members (which is free to sign up for at the casino). Though, I don't know why they would do that... Interesting.

    Well... if they keep telling you that its full, I'll let you know after the tournament on the 29th if in fact it was full.

  10. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    It has always been hard to get in these events if you don't already have a players club card there. I remember calling several times the first year I wanted to attend, until I finally found someone willing to put me in the event.

    Note that my experience is with the final event only.
  11. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    Only 2 days away from tourny time.... getting excited! :D

    I understand if they are initially trying to fill the tourny with PAC Members (PAC = casino membership)... but if there are only 2 days to go and still vacancies available why not make it easy for EVERYONE to register!

    Wouldn't they want a full tourny?

  12. LeftNut

    LeftNut Top Member

    Agreed 100%. They never did call me back. :confused:

    The best of luck, skill, and great cards (when you need 'em most) to those who are participating!
  13. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    24 hours and counting... :D

  14. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    More Tourney Details

    In my experience, this tourney is always filled so, while that may not condone it, that may explain why they are catering to PAC members. I've also found that they hold back on rebuys until after they've asked their preferred players.

    More format details for those preparing:
    Entry Fee: $250 CDN
    168 players, if full

    First round:
    24 tables of 7 players each divided into 3 sessions.
    Sessions filled sequentially as players register
    $2000 bank roll, $500 max, $25 min. 7 players. 2 advance.
    1 wildcard into the second round
    rebuys into the 3rd session are possible but not common since
    the tourney is usually full.

    Second round:
    7 tables of 7 players each.
    $2000 bank roll, $500 max, $25 min. 7 players. 1 advances.

    Final table:
    $5000 bank roll, $2500 max, $100 min. 7 players.
    Prizes: $25000, $5000, $3000, $1500, $750, $500, $250 CDN
    Prizes are tax free for Canadians, not sure about others.

    No surrender; split up to 4 hands; no double down on black jack;
    double for less is allowed; double down card is dealt face up;
    no secret bet; precise betting within the table limits is allowed
    (smallest chip is $2.50); each round is 21 hands; chips
    must be separated by denomination but not stacked in any
    particular way; chips counted after hands 15 and 20.

    Good luck to everyone going. I'll be wearing a Red Hat golf shirt. Say hi if you run into me!
  15. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    Thanks for the updates!!!

    $25,000 would be a nice payday... make up for the vacation time I'm using from work to play!

  16. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    I believe the first round sessions are at:

    2pm, 3pm and 4pm, with registration from 12-2pm EST.
  17. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    I believe it's actually 3, 4, and 5 pm. Round 2 at about 6:15. Final immediately after that. Usually 7:30 or so.
  18. BlackJack_Master

    BlackJack_Master New Member

    You are correct.

  19. toolman1

    toolman1 Active Member

    For easier future reference, I took the liberty to update the Calendar with the details generously posted on this thread by gronbog. No, I'm not going to attend - just helping members have more easily available information.
  20. LeftNut

    LeftNut Top Member

    So, what happened?

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