Hosting a Blackjack Tournament

by David Revels, Co-Owner of 3 Aces Casino Parties


You want to have a party. You have a date picked out, maybe the spouse’s birthday or child’s graduation or maybe you’re just feeling really social. You have no idea what kind of party to have. Let me pitch you an idea: How about a Blackjack Tournament Party?
A Blackjack Tournament will appeal to more people than any other table game, as it is the most popular table game in Vegas. Most of us have played Blackjack at a casino or at least at a casino night party and we can all count to 21, even with our shoes on.

Here is a simple format that will be loads of fun and maintain the excitement down to the last hand of Blackjack.

Here is what you need:

    • One Blackjack table with a dealer for every 7 players. (you could play on the kitchen table, but, a layout or a real Blackjack table adds authenticity)
    • One Blackjack setup for every table. (includes cards, poker chips, dealing shoe, discard holder)
    • Prizes, this adds to the competitiveness and gives the players something more. The prizes don’t have to be expensive to be good prizes.
    • A special chip or token for swapping top cards.
    • Start each player with $3000 (eight $25 chips, eight $100 chips, two $500 and one $1000 chip) in play money poker chips.

    The Rules:

    Each round will consist of 20 hands of Blackjack, dealt to the players at each table. Allow for a short break after each round. Rotating who gets dealt to first from left to right will allow every player a turn to act first when playing their “Swap” token.
    Each round will take approximately one hour, so if you want to have a three hour party you can do three rounds. However, if you want to do less, make sure that in the last round hands 15-20 have an unlimited betting cap. This is important to keep the tournament competitive to the end.

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