Elimination Blackjack Rules

Elimination blackjack rules combine some poker tournament rules with blackjack game rules. Created by Russ Hamilton, the founder of UBT, elimination blackjack rules create a most exciting way to play this classic casino game.

Elimination blackjack rules are for the bold and the aggressive, not for the timid. Unlike a regular blackjack game where you only have to beat the House to win, in elimination blackjack you are up against the other table players as well. Understanding elimination blackjack rules is the first step in winning this blackjack tournament.

Elimination blackjack rules are the following:

1. Players pay the buy-in and are given the same amount of starting chips. Depending on the hosting organization, starting chips usually range around $10,000 to $100,000.

2. A shoe of six 52-deck cards shall be used.

3. At most, a single round of elimination blackjack plays 30 hands. This means that the player with the most number of chips after the 30th hand has been played is the round winner.

4. The dealer stands only on hard 17. With a soft 17, the House has to hit.

5. Excluding Aces, players are allowed to split their pairs to a maximum of four times.

6. Surrender and Insurance are used in the tournament. When the player uses Surrender, only half of their bet will be taken by the house. Insurance can only be used if the dealer's up card is an ace.

7. Double down is only allowed where player has 2 cards.

8. Each table can only have a maximum of 7 players.

9. In normal hand, each player has a 25-second time maximum to decide. During an elimination hand, each player is has a maximum of 45 seconds to decide.

10. Each player is allowed to use a Secret Bet once in every round. A Secret Bet is a wager wherein the amount is undisclosed to other players.

There are three ways a player can be eliminated:

One, if the player loses all one's chips. Two, if the player's remaining chips are not enough to cover the maximum bet. Three, if the player has the fewest number of chips after the cut-off points or elimination hands have been played. The eliminations are the 8th, the 16th, and the 25th hands.

The winning player is the one with the most number of chips after the 30th hand has been played.

Elimination blackjack rules, as created by UBT's Russ Hamilton, have definitely upped the level of excitement and pressure of playing blackjack. In a nutshell, by assimilating some elements of no limit texas holdem with blackjack game, elimination blackjack rules allow players to compete against each other at the same time that they try to beat the house.