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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Sept. 2003, #44



Rick Jensen is the owner/operator of Little Bit of Vega$, one of Texas’ top casino companies for the past 20 years. He is also a successful blackjack tournament player ever since he made money in his first tournament at the Desert Inn in 1985. Rick also owns Texas Tournaments, the only
legal blackjack tournaments held in Texas. For information on either company call 1-866-839-8687 or email

What is the perfect Blackjack tournament? Does it exist? I hope to find out with your help in completing a survey.

Please answer the multiple-choice questions about blackjack tournaments then click on the button at the bottom to send it to me. I will tabulate the results and share the information with casino managers responsible for running blackjack tournaments, I'll also publish the results of the survey in a future issue of the Blackjack Insider Newsletter. You can also e-mail me at:

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1. What is your favorite location to play Blackjack tournaments?

A) Las Vegas

B) Tunica

C) Atlantic City

D) Laughlin

E) Other (please list)

2. Which do you prefer to pay for an entry fee? Yes, I know some tournaments are free

V.I.P. tournaments, I am not counting those.

A) $100 with $10,000 first place.

B) $200 with $20,000 first place

C) $300 with $30,000 first place

D) $1,000 with $1,000,000 first place

3. Do you prefer live money or no cash value chips in tournament play?

A) Live money.

B) No cash value chips.

4. What type of Blackjack tournament do you prefer?

A) Elimination

B) Cumulative

5. In an elimination tournament how many hands do you prefer playing?

A) 15 – 20 hands.

B) 20 – 25 hands.

C) 25 – 30 hands.

D) Over 30 hands.

6. In an accumulative tournament how many rounds do you prefer playing?

A) Two rounds.

B) Three rounds.

C) Four rounds.

7. How many players do you prefer playing against per table? Remember the more

players the higher the prizes money.

A) Five

B) Six

C) Seven

8. In an elimination tournament, how many should advance from each table?

A) Two

B) Three

C) Four

9. How much should you start out with in an elimination tournament?

A) $300 in chips.

B) $500 in chips.

C) $1,000 in chips.

D) $5,000 in chips.

10. How much should you start out with in an accumulative tournament?

A) $500 in chips.

B) $1,000 in chips.

C) $2,500 in chips.

D) $5,000 in chips.

11. What do you prefer playing with in a tournament?

A) Single deck.

B) Double deck.

C) Six deck shoe.

D) It doesn’t matter.

12. How do you prefer the cards dealt when playing in a tournament?

A) All cards dealt up.

B) All cards dealt down.

13. What type of prizes brake down do you prefer?

A) Large first place with big drop in for everyone else in the finals.

B) Winner takes all.

C) Lower first prize with semifinalist and better all making money.

D) Medium first place with everyone in the finals (six) making $1,500 or better.

14. Do you prefer having a maximum bet?

A) Yes

B) No

15. Do you think surrender should be offered in tournament play?

A) Yes

B) No

16. How long do you think a major tournament should last?

A) One day.

B) Two days.

17. Should hotel room be included in your entry?

A) Yes

B) No

18. Should food be included in your entry?

A) Yes

B) No

19. How much time should be given to a player in the last five hands for you to make your play?

A) 10 seconds.

B) 20 seconds.

C) 30 seconds.

D) One minute.

20. How many tournaments would you play?

A) One tournament per day.

B) Two tournaments per day.

C) One in the daytime and one that evening.

D) As many as I can get to.

21. How may re-entries should a player be allowed?

A) No re-entry.

B) At least one re-entry.

C) Two re-entries.

D) As many as you can buy.

22. When should the count down take place?

A) With five hands to go.

B) With three hands to go.

C) Each of the last five hands.

D) Not at all.

23. Should doubling down be allowed after splitting in tournament play?

A) Yes

B) No.

24. Should a player be able to double down on their Blackjack?

A) Yes

B) No

25. Do you like the wild cards?

A) Yes

B) No

26. How many wild cards drawings should there be?

A) None.

B) Just in the semifinals and finals.

C) Just in the finals.

D) Just as needed.

27. Should the players be in charge of putting their names in the raffle bin for the wild card?

A) Yes

B) No

28. Should a wild card be able to be drawn more then once in the same tournament?

A) Yes

B) No

29. Should the wild cards be posted for all players to see?

A) Yes

B) No

30. What penalty should be given to a player not at their table on time?

A) Twenty-five dollars lost each hand their not there, up to five hands then disqualified.

B) One hundred dollars until their chips are gone.

C) One hundred dollars lost each hand their not there, up to five hands then disqualified.

D) If late, just disqualified.

31. Should players be allowed to smoke at the tables while in a tournament?

A) Yes

B) No

32. Should players be allowed to drink at the tables while in a tournament?

A) Yes

B) No

33. Should players be allowed a good luck charm on the table while in a tournament?

A) Yes

B) No

34. What should happen to a player who has someone talking to them, regardless of the language?

A) Give the player a warning, and if it happens again penalize them $100.00 in their chips, 3rd time disqualification.

B) Charge the player $100.00 in chips the first time and disqualification the 2nd time.

C) Just disqualification.

D) The player should ask to have person talking removed to avoid disqualification.

E) Other:

35. Should the deal be rotated each hand?

A) Yes

B) No

36. What is your favorite tournament? Please name the casino and location.

Please let me know if there is anything I left out that would help make the perfect tournament:

Best regards,

Rick Jensen

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