I am going to be on the CP at the end of March/08 and read that there will be 2 BlackJack Tournaments while I am on board. Although I am an avid (and generally winning) player, I have never been in a tournament. Is anyone able to provide me with some info? What does the $20 sign up fee get you? Generally how much will you be shelling out? I really don't want to look forward to this if it is going to be a huge waste of time. Also, I have read a lot about low limit tables but are there also $10+ tables for those of us who don't want to deal with people who hit on 13 with a 6 showing? (and other tongue biting moves)
Generally speaking Blackjack tournaments run as follows: You pay your entry fee ($20) in this case when your sign up. You then at the appointed time sit down with 5 or 6 other players and all are dealt a cetain fixed number of hands (i.e. 25). Whoever has the most money of the players at the table at the end of the 25 hands advances to the next elimination round where again you are at a full table for another 25 hands. If you are top winner after that round next is probably the final round. The entry fee goes towards prize money (after a take out for the house). Hope this answers your questions. P.S. Because there is a limited number of hands dealt in each round and you are trying to amass the most money in a short time it usually is better to be agressive in your tactic even doing things that would not be by "the book" in normal play (i.e. spliting 10s).
On Princess you'll find tables with $10 min. bets, as well as $25 and if you request it, even higher.
But on ships, even playing the $25 tables you won't avoid those who play and don't know the basics of the game. They are just gambling because it's there.
Sometimes ya just have to sit there when they split tens, bite your tonque, and wait for them to loose and move on
First time sten gets split, I'm gone.
On this last cruise, they only had one "standard" black jack table at any given time.
There was a "face up" table once...and a "fun" game once with weird rules. It took her three hands to remember to mention that there were no queens in the deck!
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I have found on many cruises that it can be difficult to get a $5 table and you can always find $10 tables. I play correct mathematical poker but, I hate to be forced to play $10 hands every hand. I will play higher once things get rolling but I like to be able to bet up or down depending on how things are going!
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