Just got this email from the G casino.
Fancy Winning £50k this May?
Enter the Grosvenor Casinos London and Online Blackjack Tournament, the 1st prize is £50,000 GUARANTEED. Tournament qualifiers take places in the London Casinos between Tuesday 21st April – Monday 11th May. The Semi-Finals and Finals being hosted at the VIP Room at Victoria Casino, London Wednesday 13th May from 7.30pm,
Players will play against each other in order to win a seat at the final table for a chance to scoop the £50,000 guaranteed top prize. Players can qualify online via Live Casino on desktop and mobile or in one of our London casinos. 6 players from each London casino will qualify for the finals, the top 3 highest scoring players and the top 3 accumulative scoring players. Plus, 6 players qualifying from online. A total of 54 lucky Grosvenor Casino players will take their seat at the finals for a chance to win the guaranteed £50,000 top prize.
How to qualify in our London Casinos
£25 to enter. 1000 points and 14 hands to get as many chips as you can, which will be converted into points and earn you a place on the leaderboard. There will be a minimum of 2 qualifying sessions each between 8pm and midnight across our 8 London Grosvenor Casinos. The Barracuda, Gloucester Road, Golden Horseshoe, The Park Tower, Piccadilly, Russell Square, St Giles and The Victoria. Other rounds will be scheduled- see casino for details
How to qualify online
There is no entry fee online, players must opt in on desktop or mobile to participate. 6 players will qualify to take a seat in the finals, 3 players with the highest stakes and 3 players with the most Blackjack hands played on Blackjack Live Casino on desktop or mobile between Tuesday 21st April – Thursday 7th May.
Sounds pretty good. Obviously, I'm not going down to London but I can try enter online. The top 3 overall stakers and the top 3 with the highest number of hands wills get through.
I am guessing by some of the stakes that people play, I've got no chance at entry via the top stakers but I think I may have a chance buy using the total number of hands. Stakes are only £3 a hand for the live blackjack.
I am a pretty decent blackjack player and so can get the house edge down to about 0.5%. This means I can play a large number of hands without losing too much and may even make a small profit. The bonus about being online live roulette is that you can card count. They change the deck pretty high up but still, if you know a lot of big cards are due, you can up your stakes. Probably not enough to overcome the house edge but enough so it feels like you have a chance of winning.
I've never actually played a blackjack tournament before. I guess there is a lot of game theory involved. I'll have to figure some strategy out if I get through! If you fancy your chances, sign up here