TV Blackjack Tournament Rules

The World Series of Blackjack on GSN and the Ultimate Blackjack Tour on CBS have made a few unusual modifications to normal Blackjack tournament rules in order to reduce the boredom level during the early rounds of the tournaments.

World Series of Blackjack Tournament Rules (WSOB, WSOBJ)

  • Six decks, S17, DAS, LS.
  • Knockout Card:
    A special card is shuffled into the deck and when it is dealt during a round the player with the lowest total chip value is eliminated from that round. If a player is eliminated prior to the knockout card appearing then no one else is eliminated.
  • Power Chip:
    This is a special chip given to each player at the start of each game. When a player uses the Power Chip they get to exchage one of their cards for the next card in the shoe. If a player uses the Power Chip when they double down, the player gets to pre-view the next card in the shoe and decide if they want to keep that card or if they want to take a chance on the next card in the shoe.
  • Second Chance:
    This rule allows two players that did not qualify for the Wildcard games a chance to sit at the tables. Each Wildcard game has 4 players that finished second at their respective table. This means there is a fifth open seat at each Wildcard game. These seats will be filled by a draw in which each player that finished 3rd, 4th or 5th will have a chance at winning. Each 5th place finisher gets 1 ticket, 4th place gets 2 tickets and 3rd place gets 3 tickets put into the draw. The two lucky players that are drawn will get to fill the open seats at the Wildcard games.


Ultimate Blackjack Tour Tournament Rules (UBT)

  • Six decks, S17, DAS, LS.
  • 30 Rounds
  • At the final table, each player starts with $100,000. Min bet is $1,000, max bet is $100,000.
  • Actoin starts at the button and rotates clockwise each hand.
  • Each player has 25 seconds. On elimination hands, 45 seconds.
  • There are forced eliminations on hands 8, 16 and 25 where the player with the least chips is eliminated.
  • Each player has one Secret Bet they can make at any time.







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