When asking people why they wanted to learn how to play blackjack, they tell me that they wanted to win money at the casino and they heard that they could win money playing blackjack.
Logical enough answer considering that blackjack has one of the lowest house edges in the casino. But if a player wants to win money, why play in an online blackjack tournament that only costs 99 cents to enter? Obviously the prize pool is not going to be all that high, so why bother?
Simply put, tournament play in blackjack is handled a bit different than when playing solo. What other players are doing is a big factor. The point is not to only beat the dealer, but to beat the players who are ahead of you. This often means being more aggressive in your blackjack playing. Wagering more then you normally would. In other times it means playing defensively if you are trying to keep on top.
Because of the high likelihood of playing in a different manner it means that practice is necessary. Unfortunately there is no free play mode to practice playing in a blackjack tournament. It means actually playing in a blackjack tournament again and again until you have your tournament feet under you.
This is where 99 cents blackjack tournaments come into play. True they do not offer much in terms of prize pools. But they do give players an inexpensive opportunity to practice playing in an online blackjack tournament.
Every online blackjack tournament gives players a tournament balance for paying their entry fee. It is the entry fee that is the investment. And if you are getting your feet wet in online blackjack tournament play paying 99 cents is better than investing $10 when you are still learning.
Several online casinos offer 99 cents blackjack tournaments, Online Vegas among them. The tournaments are found at several Vegas Technology powered online casinos.
No joke, this is a true story. A little less than a month ago online blackjack players in Armenia were suddenly without online blackjack. The connection, the internet, the games—and even an online blackjack tournament—were all interrupted when 75 year old Aishtan Shakarian cut through an international fiber optic backbone cable, known as the West-East cable, that connected Armenia to the rest of the world’s internet.
The elderly woman had been out gathering scrap metal to sell when she found a steel wrapped cable. Thinking to bring what she could carry with her to sell, the grandmother of eight began to chop away at the cable. After about ten hours of hacking at the cable Shakarian was able to pull free a twenty meter section of the steel casing. In doing so she damaged the fiber optic internet cable to the point that the majority of the country lost its internet connection for around twelve hours.
Online blackjack is the second most popular online casino game in all of Armenia, hence all of the upset when the cable was damaged and internet service lost. At the time the cable was damaged an online blackjack tournament was taking place. Players in this particular tournament were highly upset due to the fact that entry fees into the tournament were unrefundable, and after twelve hours of no internet, there was no one winning that tournament.
At the time Shakarian was arrested and admitted to damaging the cable while digging. When commenting on the situation, Zurab Gvenetadze, a police spokesman, said, ‘Her age is a mitigating factor. I am not expecting the prosecution to push for a strict punishment.” It is likely she will face a fine, some time doing community service and potentially a year in prison. It is unclear if she knew what the cable was for and if she knew she was cutting her country off from the Internet. There has also been no word on whether the online blackjack tournament players received a refund owing to the exceptional circumstances.
Unfortunately for all of us online blackjack players, a good strong online blackjack tournament just does not happen as often as it should. And by ‘should’ I mean there should be a biggie at least once a month. Look at what online casinos do for slots tournaments—most have a fairly large tournament every weekend and when a holiday rolls in, forget it! Huge, massive prize pools…all for online slots.
And we all know that online blackjack gives way better odds than online slots, and that hosting so many big tournaments is the online casinos’ way of cashing in. But would it really hurt them to do a big online blackjack tournament once a month?
Anyway there is a way to get your online blackjack tournament fix on while waiting for the occasional big tournament. The prize pools are only the pot and these are only twenty four hour tournaments, but Online Vegas hosts three online blackjack tournaments each week on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
These are pretty simple tournaments. They begin at 8 pm on those three days and run for twenty four hours. There is no set prize amount, only the pool; so the more people who play the bigger the pool is. And we get all of that for only a 99 cents entry fee.
Yes, 99 cents is all it takes to get your online blackjack tournament fix—or even work on some tournament strategy. The entry fee gives you fifty tournament credits to play with, although rebuys are available for $2.49.
Players who want to get their online blackjack tournament fix on for 99 cents can head over to Online Vegas and register. With them being offered three days a week for only 99 cents each, it really is not too bad of a way to get your blackjack tournament fix.
No, this is not too good to be true. There really is such a thing as dishing out 99 cents for some online blackjack.
Now this is not ordinary online blackjack. This is an online blackjack tournament, but there is nothing wrong with that. It gets you some fun tournament action without making any major investments. These are also good tournaments for players who are just moving into the online blackjack tournament arena.
These 99 cents online blackjack tournaments happen every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8 pm. Each online blackjack tournament will last for twenty four hours, ending at 8 pm the day following its starting day. So a tournament that begins on a Friday will end on a Saturday.
The entry fee is only 99 cents. That much should be obvious. And players start out with $50 in tournament credits. Players can purchase rebuys for $2.49 each if they fall below the $25 mark on their tournament balance. A rebuy will give players another $125 in tournament money to continue playing with.
The 99 cent blackjack tournament series at Online Vegas will payout the prize pool made up of the pot to the top 41 players. So if you find yourself in a tournament with less than 41 players, there is a good chance you will win something. How much depends on how well you play of course.
One more thing about the 99 cent online blackjack tournaments at Online Vegas: they alternate which type of blackjack game is used between Vegas Strip and Perfect Pairs. Tomorrow’s tournament will be played out in Vegas Strip. So this also means that Monday’s game will be played out in Perfect Pairs. Between you and me, I would stick with the tournaments played out in Vegas Strip—much better odds than Perfect Pairs.
One of the online casino groups that is powered by Vegas Technology will be running online blackjack tournaments this week. One is already in progress and the other will be beginning this weekend. The online casino group is the English Harbour Group, who owns the title online casino English Harbour, Millionaire Casino and Silver Dollar Casino.
The tournament that is in progress at the moment is the Head2Head. This is the weekly tournament that runs Monday through Thursday that will take players through the week. The Head2Head online blackjack tournament for this week will continue through tomorrow, February 24th, ending at 11:59 pm. Players can register for this tournament by paying the $5 entry fee when registering for the Head2Head. The $5 gives players a starting tournament balance of $100. There are $5 rebuys available which will give players another $100 if they cross the $10 low balance point. At the time of this writing the top prize is set at $176, but the Head2Head is a play for the pot kind of online blackjack tournament—the more players, the bigger the pot.
The Head2Head takes players up to the weekend and the Weekend Blackjack Classic. This online blackjack tournament carries an entry fee of $10 too. That $10 will give players a starting balance of $100 to use in playing towards the $5,000 prize pool, whose top five prizes look like so:
1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $750
3rd place: $250
4th place: $100
5th place: $50
The Weekend Blackjack Classic begins at 12:01 am on Friday, February 25th, and continues through to 11:45 pm on Sunday, February 27th. For any player who plays to the low balance point of $10, rebuys are available for $100, which will give players another $100.
Both the Head2Head and the Weekend Blackjack Classic are played out with the Vegas Strip variation of blackjack.
But here is the good news—well the even better news. The English Harbour group hosts these online blackjack tournaments every week. Players can register at English Harbour, Millionaire Casino or Silver Dollar Casino to play in either of the online blackjack tournaments each week.
It is Friday and that means it is time for some online blackjack tournament action!
If you have $10 to spare then you can play in the Weekend Blackjack Classic at Millionaire Casino. They host a three day online blackjack tournament that begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. And unlike other online blackjack tournaments, this one has players playing for a piece of a $5,000 prize pool.
But if you are running low on funds there are always the $0.99 online blackjack tournaments at Go Casino. Granted they are not offering a $5,000 prize pool and you will be playing for a percentage of the pot, but at least you do get to play in a tournament. And you know that you have only invested a little should you lose.
Go Casino alternates which type of online blackjack they use for their $0.99 tournaments. This Friday’s online blackjack game of choice is Perfect Pairs. While this is not my favorite blackjack variation, at least you will only have spend $0.99 on the tournament. That, and nothing says that you have to make the side wager.
And that is it. I know, it is not a lot in the way of online blackjack tournaments, certainly nothing compared to the offerings of online slots tournaments on weekends. But I will be glad with what is being offered.
I will not lie, I would love to see more online blackjack tournaments. But I will take what is offered and hope that online casinos will come to understand that online blackjack players like tournaments too. So for now I am grateful for the online blackjack tournaments that Millionaire Casino and Go Casino offer online blackjack players.
While online casinos will prominently display their list of slots tournaments that they are hosting, it is possible to find online blackjack tournaments. I do not need to say again why blackjack is superior to slots. Actually some of the online blackjack tournaments that are offered are quite nice.
Take for example the online blackjack tournament series being offered by Online Vegas. Every single Monday, Wednesday and Friday players can play in a twenty four hour blackjack tournament for all of $0.99.
Yes, it will cost you one penny less than a dollar to play in one of these blackjack tournaments. Granted you are only playing for a percentage of the pot, but it is better than nothing. And not too shabby when you consider that you are playing for only $0.99 and it is a twenty four hour tournament.
The $0.99 entry fee will get you 50 tournament credits to play with. After that rebuys are $2.49 for another 50 tournament credits.
Each tournament starts at 8 pm on the starting day—meaning 8 pm on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday—and runs through 8 pm of the following day—meaning 8 pm on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday respectively.
There is one downside to these online blackjack tournaments. There are two variations of blackjack being used and they are alternated so that one tournament will have one variation and the next will have the other variation. One variation is Vegas Strip, which is just fine and is one of the standard forms of blackjack to play.
However, the other variation is Perfect Pairs. And no variation of blackjack involving side bets should ever be played. And do not tell me that it can be played without making the side bet because the payout for a natural blackjack in Perfect Pairs is not 3-2, making that variation not worth the time or credits.
So if you find yourself looking for something to do on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday night, give the online blackjack tournaments at Online Vegas a try. Or at least the tournaments played out with Vegas Strip Blackjack.
English Harbour is a well-established online casino that opened its virtual doors back in 1997. It has a well-known reputation for offering a quality online gambling experience. What is more is that they offer online blackjack tournaments all week!
Each week English Harbour will offer two online blackjack tournaments each week. One is a weekday tournament and the other is a weekend tournament.
The weekday tournament is known as the Head 2 Head and is played with US style online blackjack from the Real Time Gaming arsenal of online casino games. The Head 2 Head carries an entry fee of $5 and has players playing for the pot. As a weekday online blackjack tournament, it runs from a Monday and ends on a Thursday.
Now the Weekend Blackjack Classic, that is the bigger of the two online blackjack tournaments at English Harbour.
The Weekend Blackjack Classic begins on a Friday and will run through the weekend, ending on a Sunday. This tournament cost $10 to enter instead of $5, but players are not playing for the pot in the Classic. Instead they are playing for a portion of a cash prize of $5,000. But like the Head 2 Head, the Classic is played out on the US Blackjack game.
Thankfully US Blackjack is used in both tournaments rather than some blackjack variation. Some online casinos will use Perfect Pairs from time to time in an online blackjack tournament, which just does not seem right when considering that tournaments are meant to award players that the online casino should use a variation with unfriendly player rules.
So if you are ever in the mood for an online blackjack tournament, there is always some tournament action going on at English Harbour.
I found where 21 Gnet went. Back in May 21 Gnet and Rushmore Casino ended their partnership in regards to blackjack tournaments. This resulted in Rushmore ceasing to offer blackjack tournaments and picking up slots tournaments instead.
But 21 Gnet is not the sort of company that just fades away. And it is true that they have not.
It appears that 21 Gnet has made a partnership with the Cake Network, who is known for primarily dealing with poker. I say primarily because they do offer blackjack, but mostly just as a back burner sort of offering. It is there is you want it.
And 21 Gnet is definitely excited about the partnership. Chief Executive Officer Shane O’Connell said, “Cake has been and continues to be an important player and industry leader and we are thrilled to unite with it. The deal is a perfect fit for us and equally beneficial for Cake. It gives 21 Gnet an extended reach and more capacity and gives Cake a great new form of entertainment to offer their players.”
And what is this new form of online blackjack tournament entertainment? Surely one online blackjack tournament is like any other.
You would be wrong.
The online blackjack tournament format that 21 Gnet offers is a multi player type of format. Rather than having players play against a dealer to earn points to move up a leader board, 21 Gnet’s format pits players against one another in elimination style tournaments.
This sort of online blackjack tournament has the potential to further close the gap in the differences between online blackjack and blackjack found in a brick and mortar casino. It would create online blackjack tournaments that are similar to the tournaments offered in casinos. This might warrant some watching to see where this goes.
Microgaming is known as one of the industry leaders when it comes to online gaming software. They are constantly creating new games and revamping their older games to improve them.
To be honest there is not a lot that can be done to online blackjack games. The game itself does not change. It is not like a slots game that allows for the same type of game to be repackaged in a new colorful package. Online blackjack is online blackjack.
But that does not stop Microgaming from working with this game to give it something new to entire old and new players alike. This time Microgaming has revamped their online blackjack tournaments. There are now four types of online blackjack tournaments for players to play in at Microgaming powered online casinos:
The name says it all on this one. Players must play their best as they have only one chance to get the highest score. There are no add-ons or rebuys for this tournament either. It is literally a one shot chance to get the highest score and win.
This type of online blackjack tournament will allow players add-ons and rebuys as the point is to play again and again to build their scores. As always, the highest score wins. These tournaments will have long time periods to play out to encourage players to play more and more.
This one is a sort of combination of one-shot and extender. Players have one shot to get as high a score as they can, and there are no add-ons or rebuys. But if a player is not satisfied with their score they can play again starting their score over at 0 to try for a higher score.
This is an elimination type of tournament. At the end of each round a number of the players are eliminated from the tournament. This happens at the end of each round until the last round in which the player with the highest score ends.
When Microgaming makes changes to their games, be it new games or revamping an older game, they usually hit their mark and delight players at Microgaming powered online casinos. The new online blackjack tournaments are sure to be a hit.