Every Saturday Blackjack Tournament - Hawaiian Gardens Casino
- Every Saturday Blackjack Tournament
- Blackjack Open Event Elimination Format
- Event Phone:
- Weekly on Sat (Started 11/01/2008, Ended 12/31/2018)
- Entry Fee:
- $ 60.00 (Re-Entry: $ 40.00)
Sign ups begin at 12:15. Tournament starts at 1 p.m. Round one usually from 1-2:45ish. Preregister any time Sunday through Friday for only a $25 buy-in. The casino contributes an additional $35 to the prize pool for each preregistered entry. The entry fee is $60 if you register on the day of the tournament. The casino no longer adds $5,000 to the prize pool. Currently a free buffet is given to all blackjack and poker tournament players. All players start with $1000 in chips. Tournaments consist of Round l, a Semi Round, and the Final Table. Bets are made against the Casino Dealer. This is not a player banked game. The value of the first burn card is used to determine which seat is dealt to first to start the round. Seat one no longer automatically receives the first card dealt. This means that seat 8 no longer automatically gets the last bet at the end of the round. As the game progresses, the Dealer Button is placed even at vacant spots where players have busted out and have left the table, so, it is still easy to determine who will be the last to bet. An 8 deck shoe is used. Penetration is deep. Surrender and Insurance are not offered. Blackjack pays 2 to 1. Suited Aces of Hearts pays 3 to l. You must bet in turn. Once the next player bets you can not change your original bet. Round 1 consists of 32 hands. Minimum bet is $50 for first 8 hands. Minimum bet then increases to $100 for all remaining hands. All In bets are allowed at any time. Three $40 re-buys are available at any time during round 1 before the start of hand 25 regardless of your chip count. You receive $1200 in chips for each $40 re-buy. Play temporarily stops at the end of hand 24 to accommodate the last chance for re-buys. At the end of Round 1, the 3 players with the most chips from each table advance to the Semi Round. The Semi Round consists of 16 hands. The two players with the most chips advance to the Final Table. The Final Table consists of 16 hands. For all rounds, if you advance, you take your chip total with you.
Prize pool distribution: 1st = 40%, 2nd = 23%, 3rd = 12%, 4th = 7%, 5th = 6%, 6th = 5%, 7th = 4%, 8th = 3% It is common to chop the pot. When the pot is chopped, all final table players receive equal payouts that substantially total less than the amount in the prize pool. Then the 16 hands are played out to see who also receives the balance of the prize pool for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places only. First place pays in the neighborhood of $2500.