I don't normally publish a newsletter this soon after the previous one. My usual problem is just the opposite,
when I'm doing good to get one out before 3 months have passed. However, I wanted to provide an accurate
date and time for the Travel Channel show mentioned in the first item below, particularly since I had mentioned
the wrong date last time. A few other items popped up as well, so here you go...
This Issue includes:
Travel Channel Reminder
The Travel Channel one-hour show covering the first Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Finals will finally
air on Wednesday November 26th, at 8 PM Eastern. The show will be repeated at 11 PM Eastern, and again on
Saturday Nov 29th at 5 PM.
The Hilton event was a 13-month tournament, with 12 monthly qualifying rounds and a final 200-player tournament
in April 2003. While I made it to the final event, my own participation was cut short when I lost the first
round. I may appear in the coverage anyway, but you'll see me standing inside the pit covering the finals
instead of the much-preferable seat at the final table proper. I'll be the guy in the BlackjackInfo.com cap.
The same format is used in this year's "Million Dollar II", with monthly qualifiers continuing through April
and the final event in May 2004. Entries are $1000, but see the story below about Texas Tournaments for another
way to win an entry in a $50 satellite tournament.
Texas Tournaments: Big Events in January
As odd as it may seem, one of the best blackjack tournament events in the next few months is
shaping up to be held far from the nearest casino. Texas Tournaments is a membership club
that locates casino tournaments for its members. They've put together a tournament
extravaganza for the weekend of January 22-25, 2004. This gathering is shaping up to be
an amazing four day weekend of tournaments, featuring 3 major events and an expected $170,000
in prize money, based on entries and reentries. The events will be hosted at the Ramada Plaza Hotel
in Fort Worth, TX.
Play begins in the first event at 4 PM on Thursday, but the three events are spread across the
weekend to accomodate players unable to arrive until Friday or even Saturday. Special room
rates of $39 are available for tournament participants, as well as a 25% discount in the hotel
In addition to the three major events, there will be several $50 entry fee satellite tournaments,
in which you can win an entry to another major event, such as the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar
100% of the entry fees and reentry fees will be returned as prize money. The events are
for members only, with membership fees at $100 annually, or $175 per couple. Mention this
newsletter when you sign up, and get $5 off the annual membership fee. Call 1-866-839-8687 or
972-251-1378 and speak to Rick Jensen for more details, and to sign up. You can also reach
Rick via email at email@example.com. He can mail you a full set of rules and schedules for
I'll be there in January. I hope to see you there.
Live Blackjack Online
An interesting new development in online blackjack premiered recently at
Club Dice Casino. They're dealing live blackjack with
live dealers, via a video feed inside the casino software. It's a multi-player table, and you
can text-chat with the other players and the dealer while you play.
The cards are over-sized to be easily seen over the video link. They also feature a barcode on each
card. As the cards are dealt from the shoe, they pass over a barcode scanner, and the correct card
shows up on your screen just as it is dealt to you in the video feed.
The game moves at a pretty slow place, but it does allow a skeptical player to see the process
of dealing. All things considered, it's an interesting combination. Check it out with this link:
Club Dice Casino
'Casino Tournament Strategy' available at Bayview Strategies
The newest addition to the catalog at our online store is Stanford Wong's
Casino Tournament Strategy. This book does an excellent job of covering
the essential ideas of blackjack tournament strategy along with plenty of
examples for study. There are also chapters on craps and baccarat tournaments.
Visit Bayview Strategies to read more or purchase the book.
I'm also hoping the new site BlackjackTournaments.com will
serve as a good place to discuss tournament strategy. If you're interested, come by and sign up at the
message board. Be sure to sign up even if you're not posting immediately, so you'll receive
notices as new features come online.
That's it for now. Best of luck, online and off! -Ken-