George from Las Vegas writes, "Several times when I've been playing at Cannery, I've seen what looks like a Blackjack Tournament. Can you please explain how these tournaments work and what I need to know to play in one of them?”

Hi, George. That’s easy. Blackjack Tournaments add a whole new level of excitement to playing the game of Blackjack. Instead of competing against the dealer alone, tournaments give you the opportunity to play Blackjack against the other players on the table. Tournament Blackjack has become extremely popular recently, and it’s not surprising why. It’s incredibly fun to play and easy to learn!

When playing in a Blackjack Tournament at the Cannery, regular Blackjack rules apply, with just a few simple exceptions. The key is that in addition to betting the dealer to win the hand, your added goal is to try to have more chips than your opponents at the end of the tournament round.

Rounds are usually dictated by the time played or the number of hands dealt. If you win your qualifying round, you advance to the semi-finals and eventually the final table where the reward can be 20, 30, or even 40 times your buy-in. That’s the part of Blackjack Tournaments that I really love. It only costs me $15 to $25 to play in a tournament and sometimes I win $1,000 if the cards fall my way!

Remember: Both Cannery and Eastside Cannery offer Weekly Blackjack Tournaments. Here is their schedule, so you can plan your next visit:

Eastside Cannery: Every Wednesday at 1pm, $25 buy-in.

Cannery: Every Monday at 10am, $15 buy-in, and every Friday at 3:30pm, $25 buy-in.

To participate, you can stop by the Table Games area up to an hour before the tournament to register. Also, keep in mind that a few times a year, the Cannery offers Invitational Tournaments. These are FREE tournaments where guests are invited to play for their share of $24,000. All you have to do is play your favorite table game during the qualifying period to earn your entry. The next Invitational Tournament is June 22 and 23, and there is still time to qualify. Good luck and I hope to see you on the Blackjack Tournament tables soon…it’s time to feel “21” again at the Cannery!