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Las Vegas and New Orleans offering $250,000 through open blackjack tournaments this weekend

Nov 9, 2009

Blackjack players in the US who are in the mood for some high-stakes tournament action are in for a real treat this weekend. Two major casinos, Harrah’s in New Orleans and Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, are both running open blackjack tournaments starting on Friday November 13 and running through until Sunday. Between the two events, a quarter of a million dollars in prizes will be given away.

With a $150,000 prize pool, the Gentlemen Jack Blackjack Tournament at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans is the larger of these two big weekend events. The tournament is sponsored by the delicious Gentleman Jack whiskey, and a Friday night kick-off party will feature free cocktails in the swank Ultra Lounge at Masquarade. The $500 entry fee and the $300 re-buy option are quite reasonable, considering the tempting first place prize of $75,000.

The Las Vegas event is also a major tournament, offering up a $100,000 prize pool with $50,000 reserved for the top finisher. This $100K Holiday Blackjack Tournament is being held at the Golden Nugget Casino. Players can join in for $500; the re-entry is also $500, making it a fairly expensive event. Wild card drawings will be offered several times after Round 2, including one just before the Final.

Players who can’t make it to these tournaments, or who are not able to dish out the $500 entry fees, can easily win some extra cash playing blackjack online. The biggest online event happening this weekend is the $2,000 Blackjack Gold Tournament running at Mummys Gold Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino, and Spin Palace Casino. This is a competition with $800 awaiting the player who wagers the most on blackjack games at any eligible casino. Unfortunately these Microgaming casinos don’t accept US players, but Cherry Red Casino does, and they offer a fantastic selection of, along with special welcome bonuses designed just for blackjack players. There are lots of great online blackjack tournaments available around the web, so players can get in on the action this weekend no matter where they live.