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Along with poker and baccarat, blackjack is one of the casino games which is gaining increasing popularity among online players. Online casinos have a multitude of different video blackjack variations on offer, ranging from the classic to more modern inventions like pontoon, Spanish and perfect pairs blackjack, to name a few. It is however, the multi-player blackjack games which are attracting a strong following. Multi-player blackjack allows players to play against each other and the dealer with the final top 4 players usually walking away with a money prize.

One casino group in particular, Fortune Lounge, which includes the Platinum Play, Vegas Palms and Royal Vegas casinos, has taken the lead in providing a platform for multi-player blackjack with daily, weekly and monthly tournaments. They established the International Blackjack League where players from around the world can pit their skills against each other.

Multi-player Blackjack Table at Platinum Play Casino

Gaining access to the tournaments is an easy task. All you need do is register at one of the partner casinos mentioned, head over to the playing lobby and click into the tournaments section where you’ll find the blackjack tournaments menu.

There are generally two types of tournaments to choose from; the first being scheduled tournaments where you need to register before hand to gain access and the second being sit and go tournaments where no prior registration is required. Some tournaments also have a buy-in amount while others are free-rolls where no buy-in is required.

A lot of the tournaments that you’ll find are elimination tournaments. In these tournaments different hands, say the 5th, 8th or 15th hand could be defined as the elimination hands. This means that the player with the lowest chip count during this hand will be eliminated. In the event of more than one player deadlocked for the last position a sudden death round will be played to decide who exits.

Preview of Blackjack Lobby at Platinum Play Casino

There are usually a minimum of three rounds in tournaments. Tournaments have a maximum player limit and this number is split into 6 or 7 players at a table in each round. With buy-in tournaments you pay the buy-in fee, where each player receives the same amount of playing chips at the start. The buy-in fee is usually your only expense with the prize money being pooled from all tournament entries.

These multi-player tournaments are a great way to add a more social dimension, intrigue and suspense to your online gaming, while still allowing you the convenience that gambling at home brings. Added to this, that extra bite of adrenalin caused by the competition and reward of winning is a definite attraction.

It goes without saying that before you start playing in Fortune Lounge’s International Blackjack League, you should learn a bit more about the rules of blackjack so that when you play you’ve got a strategy that will help you to be competitive against the other players.

Blackjack Tournament Tips

Always keep your eye on the leaderboard

If you’re leading or in one of the top prize positions it is better to bet conservatively in order not to give away your position

If you’re behind on a specific hand or round, especially by a big margin, it may be the moment to wager more aggressively and take greater risks in trying to improve your position

Post by: Dale Sheppard