One of the biggest casino tournaments of the year is right around the corner, from August 22nd to August 24th players will test their luck in Craps, Blackjack, and Slots to see who will be crowned King (or Queen) of the casino. Based on historical play, you may qualify for a free or discounted entry at $50, if you don’t qualify based on play, you may still enter for a fee of $100. If you think you have what it takes to be crowned King of the Casino, reserve your spot online or register by visiting the host office. A total of ten places will be paid out, with the highest three overall scores in each game receiving $500, $1,500, or $3,000 in free slot play or one-time use promo chips, and the overall first place receiving $5,000 cash! In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the King of the Casino tournament at Downtown Grand.
How the Winner Will Be Crowned
The overall winner will be decided by the average of each player’s highest placement against the tournament field in each game, let’s look at an example:
Player A’s top scores rank:
3rd in Slots
19th in Blackjack
11th in Craps
Player B’s top scores rank:
9th in Slots
15th in Blackjack
3rd in Craps
Player A’s overall tournament score would be 11 and Player B’s overall tournament score would be 9, because player B finished on average closer to first, Player B would be ahead of Player A in the running for the $5,000 grand prize. Next, we will cover the details of how each game in the tournament will be played.
For the Blackjack round, players will be seated at a table with up to five other players and given $10,000 in tournament chips. Players may receive an extra $2,000 in tournament chips via an optional $5 dealer gratuity. These extra $2,000 in chips can be quite the advantage, so this is highly recommended. Players will play 15 hands with a minimum bet of $100 and a maximum of $10,000 with no maximum bet on the final hand, so this is the time to bet big! Coaching and strategy cards will not be allowed at the tournament table, so if you are rusty, this is a great time to brush up on your Blackjack strategy. It’s important to remember that you are not trying to merely beat the other players at your table, you are looking to accumulate the highest amount of chips possible in your 15 hands. Also, for every 500 base points, players earn at Downtown Grand from 12:01 AM Thursday to 8 PM Saturday, they will earn one additional “Wild Card” entry for both Blackjack and Slots where they can go for a higher score. If you plan on earning a lot of base reserve your spot online and re-entries over the weekend, it’s best to bet big on Blackjack and go for the highest score possible!
For the slot round of the tournament, players will be assigned a session time where they will play a slot machine in tournament mode with other players. As far as strategy goes for the slot round, there isn’t much to it. Our advice is to examine your score in relation to other players. If you have high scores in Craps and Blackjack and believe that with a higher slot score you have a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize, it is probably a good idea to earn another 500 base points to gain another slot round entry. A higher slot score might be just enough to win the grand prize!
The Craps portion of the tournament is a little different from Blackjack and Slots. For Craps, players are not assigned a session time. Instead, players play Craps on their own time on the casino floor. When arriving at the table, the player will show their tournament credentials to the floor man to let them know they are in the tournament. Also, tournament chips are not used for this round; players will use real money. If you are new to Craps or have never played before, this next section is for you. You can also check out our ultimate guide to Craps for more detailed information on this wildly popular casino game.
Before we explain how rolling in Craps works, it is important to understand the following terms:
- Shooter: Person rolling the dice
- Come-Out Roll: This is the very first roll players make. This roll establishes the Point
- Point: The first number rolled by the shooter that is not a 2,3,7, 11 or 12
- Crapping Out: Rolling a 7 after the point has been established
- Pass Line Bet: This bet wins if the first roll is a 7 or 11. This bet loses if a 2,3 or 12 comes. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled this number becomes the Point, and the player continues to roll until the Point is rolled again, in which case the player wins, or a 7 is rolled, in which case the player loses.
- Don’t Pass Bet: Opposite of the Pass Line Bet. The player will win if the Pass Line bet loses (Unless a 12 comes on the first roll, in that case, both the Pass and Don’t Pass bets lose)
For the King of the Casino Craps round, once the player is the shooter, they will make a bet on the Pass or Don’t Pass line (We recommend the Pass Line, as that is the most common bet). Players may bet whatever amount they like. Once the Pass or Don’t Pass bet is placed, the shooter will roll until they have established a point and then crap out by rolling a 7. All rolls will count towards the total rolls score for the King of the Casino tournament until the player craps out, even if their first roll is a 2,3 or 12. Let’s look at two examples:
Player rolls 4, 5, 8, 12, 6, 7
This player’s score would be 5 as the point is set at 4 in the first roll and the player rolled a total of 5 times before crapping out with a 7.
Player rolls 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 3, 7
This player’s score would be 6 as there were 6 rolls before a point was set and the player crapped out. Even though the player did not establish a point on the first roll (Because they rolled a 3, which cannot be the point) this first roll would still count in their total number of rolls for the King of the Casino tournament.
Let the Games Begin!
Everyone here at the Downtown Grand is excited for this one of a kind tournament. If you think you have what it takes to be crowned King (or Queen) of the Casino, please RSVP online today or visit the host office. We at Downtown Grand hope to see you at the tournament and wish everyone the best of luck!
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