New Game, New Ideas
By Kenneth R. Smith
Ken Smith hosts the popular website www.BlackjackInfo.com as well as the online tournament community at www.BlackjackTournaments.com. Considered one of the best tournament players in the country, he has appeared on TV in GSN's World Series of Blackjack 2004 and 2005, the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Championship II finals, and is also featured in the upcoming Ultimate Blackjack Tour. You can subscribe to his free email newsletter athttp://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/.
By now, I hope you've tried your hand at the newest format for blackjack tournaments, Elimination Blackjack. (If not, you can play for free athttp://www.playubt.com.) If you’ve played a few rounds of this game, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that a few changes in the rules throw a big monkey wrench into the gears of traditional tournament strategy.
If you're not yet familiar with the game, let me explain…
Elimination blackjack is like regular tournament blackjack, with two changes. Most important are the Elimination Hands. After hand 8, hand 16, and hand 25, the player at the table with the lowest bankroll is eliminated. The rounds are 30 hands long, if they last that long. They're often over much earlier.
The second change is that players are allowed one secret bet per round, which allows them to conceal their bet amount from other players, and also conceal most of their strategy decisions on the hand.
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