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