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Calling All Blackjack Players!

This is your opportunity to buy in and cash out!

Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel has a Blackjack tournament where you can put your skills to the test and win it all. A $200 buy-in will get you into the game and possibly big wins!

Join us for a chance to win a share of $200,000 in Cash AND bragging rights at our May Blackjack Tournament.

The fun begins with qualifying rounds on Thursday, May 26 or Friday, May 27. Registration kicks things off from 6pm until 10pm on both days, followed by Tournament Play from 7pm until 11pm. All play will take place at Pit 6 near The Pines Modern Steakhouse, located on the first (1st) floor of the Casino.

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$200,000 Blackjack Tournament

The Top 24 players with the highest chip count on both days of play will advance to Day 3 of the Tournament on Saturday, May 28.

  • 1st Place – $100,000 Cash or $125,000 in Promo Chips
  • 2nd Place – $50,000 Cash or $62,500 in Promo Chips
  • 3rd Place – $25,000 Cash or $31,250 in Promo Chips
  • 4th Place – $15,000 Cash or $18,750 in Promo Chips
  • 5th Place – $5,000 Cash or $6,250 in Promo Chips
  • 6th Place – $5,000 Cash or $6,250 in Promo Chips
$200,000 Blackjack Tournament

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Official Rules for $200,000 Blackjack Tournament

  1. The $200,000 Memorial Day Blackjack Tournament will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 26, 27, and 28, 2022. The tournament will be held in the Table Games Pit #6, located near The Pines Modern Steakhouse on the first floor of the Casino. 
  2. Day 1 (Thursday) and Day 2 (Friday) of the tournament will be open to the public.
    1. Invited members must RSVP for either Thursday or Friday to participate – one (1) free invitation to play on either day will be offered. 
    2. Invited members may print out their free tournament voucher at any promotional kiosk between the hours of 5:50pm – 9:30pm on their preferred preliminary day.
    3. Invited members will be limited to only one (1) free tournament voucher. Invited members may re-buy into the tournament following the use of their one (1) free voucher at a fee of $200 per re-buy in cash or chips only. Seating will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
    4. For all other Club Serrano members, tournament buy-in and re-buys will be $200 in cash or chips only.
    5. Re-buys are unlimited but restricted based on total participants per day. 
  3. The maximum number of participants for preliminary days is 216.  
  4. Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27, 2022 (Day 1 and 2 of preliminary rounds) 
    1. Registration will be held from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. The first hour of registration will be reserved for RSVP’d members. From 7:00pm – 10:00pm, registration will open to the public. 

      1. Members who printed their free tournament voucher must register within the registration period.
    2. Tournament play is from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. A Thrillagain Chip can be purchased for $100 in cash or chips only.
    3. Preliminary rounds are sit and go style, in which winners are determined by highest final chip count.
    4. Up to 216 players will compete in each day of the tournament for a chance to advance to the quarter-final rounds on May 28, 2022 (Day 3).
    5. The twenty-four (24) players with the highest chip count from May 26, 2022 (Day 1) and the twenty-four (24) players with the highest chip count from May 27, 2022 (Day 2) will advance to the quarter-final rounds on May 27, 2022 (Day 3) for a maximum of forty-eight (48) unique players.
    6. Members may advance only once. If members advance to the quarter-final rounds, they may participate on the second day of preliminary rounds if they wish to buy-in.
    7. At the end of each preliminary day a bonus drawing will be held for every participant of that day at Pit #6. Ten (10) winners will be drawn to receive $1,000 in Promotional Chips. Winners must claim their prize within (10) minutes. There will be no redraws.
  5. Saturday, May 28, 2022 (Day 3: Quarter-final rounds, Semi-final rounds and Finale)
    1. Qualified and invited members must register from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Tournament play is from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Registration and tournament play will be held in Pit #6. A Thrillagain Chip can be purchased for $500 in cash or chips only. There will be no re-buys.
    2. Quarter-final round will begin at 2:00pm
    3. Ten (10) invited players will join the fort-eight (48) players who advanced from the preliminary round for a maximum of fifty-eight (58) quarter-finalists.
    4. Top eight (8) chip leaders from Quarter-final round will advance to the Semi-final round, joining ten (10) players who are invited to semi-final round for a maximum of eighteen (18) semi-finalists. 
    5. Ten (10) invited players must register from 3:00pm to 3:30pm for semi-final round.
    6. Semi-final round will start at approximately 3:30pm.
    7. Top two (2) chip leaders from each table of Semi-final round will advance to the final table.
    8. Table Games management will be responsible for seating assignments and final table advancement.
    9. The final table will seat six (6) players, each winning a prize. Based on the prize structure below, winners will have the option to collect a cash prize OR promotional chip prize.
    10. Players at the final table may agree to split the prize if they are all in agreement of the prize type (i.e. all winners must take either cash or chips). For any amount that cannot be equally distributed, the player with the most chips at the conclusion of the semi-final round will be awarded the difference.
    11. At the end of Day 3 of the tournament, a bonus drawing will be held in Pit #6 for all Day 3 participants, EXCLUDING the six (6) winners from the final table. Ten (10) winners will be drawn to receive $1,000 in Promotional Chips. Winners must claim their prize within (10) minutes. There will be no redraws.      
  6. Participation into a tournament is not guaranteed if a member is unable to register during the times stated in these official rules. No special circumstances will warrant the delaying of a tournament to be able to accommodate individuals or groups of individuals.
  7. ThrillAgains:
    1. A “ThrillAgain” is defined as the moment a participant chooses to discard one (1) of their current cards and replace it with another. It can be used to replace one (1) of the first two (2) cards, but once action has been taken on the hand, the Thrillagain can only replace the most recent “hit” card. The player can then continue to have action on the hand once the card has been replaced. The replacement card will be the next card in the “shoe”.
    2. ThrillAgains may only be used once.
    3. If a player does not use their Thrillagain chip, the chip is forfeited at the end of each round or when the player is eliminated.
    4. ThrillAgains can be purchased once per round. 
  8. Standard Betting Rules:
    1. Non-negotiable tournament chips will be used in each round. Tournament chips may not be used for any other purpose and must be returned at the end of each session.
    2. Each player starts with $10,000 in tournament chips.
    3. Play will consist of 18 hands during preliminary and quarter-final rounds and 24 hands during semi and final rounds.
    4. Minimum bet amount is $100. There is no max bet.
    5. The top chip amounts at each semi-final table will advance to the final round.  The method of determining how many from each table go to the final round will be determined by the number of semi-final tables.
    6. All Yaamava’ House Rules for Blackjack will apply. With the following exceptions:
      1. Natural blackjacks will be paid at two (2) to one (1).
      2. Players will not be allowed to take insurance on their hand.
      3. Players will not be allowed to surrender their hand.
  9. Tournament Procedures:
  • When the tournament is about to begin, the tournament format, rules and betting structure will be conveyed to the players by a tournament official. 
  • In the 1st round of play, if a player has not shown up at their assigned time when it is time to start play, and repeated attempts to locate the player have been unsuccessful, a player who is scheduled for a later round that wishes to play in the earlier round may be allowed to play in the missing player’s spot. An attempt will be made to find a seat for the missing player in a later 1st round, although once a player has missed their scheduled time, play in a later round is not guaranteed.
  • Players may not change tables or seats without a tournament official’s approval.
  • It may become necessary to reassign tables or seats to accommodate players with special needs.
  • In order to keep betting and play fair and even for all players, a rotating Dealer button will be used. The Dealer button will start in the 1st seat to the Dealer’s right and will rotate clockwise around the table requiring a different player to place their bet first in each hand. This negates any sort of seating advantage and keeps the players on an even playing field.
  • If a player is not in their assigned seat at the start of the round, no cards will be dealt to their spot. The required amount of starting chips will be placed on the missing player’s spot, and a minimum bet in tournament chips will be deducted from their chip stack for each hand missed for the first five (5) hands.
  • If the player does not begin play prior to the start of the sixth (6) hand, the player will then be disqualified by default and their chips removed from play.
  • If a player has not started play before the end time of the tournament they will forfeit their spot in the tournament and ThrillAgain purchase, if bought.  
  • For the final round, if they are not at their table at the start of the round they will be disqualified. 
  • Players will place bets, receive cards and act on their hand in order, with the player sitting to the left of the Dealer button betting first, receiving cards first and acting on their hand first.
  • The player with the Dealer button will always act last. After the last player has acted on their hand, the Dealer will receive their cards and expose their hand.
  • Every player must make a minimum bet on every deal or they may bet the maximum bet if so inclined.
  • When it is a player’s turn to bet, and they have released chips in the betting circle, their bet amount cannot be changed.
  • Bets made out of turn will not be binding. If a player places a bet in their betting circle before it is their turn to bet, when it is their turn to bet, they may either let the bet stand or remove the bet and bet a different amount.
  • A player sitting at the table may not sit out a hand and must bet at least the minimum bet every hand.
  • If a player misses a hand because they have left the table, they will not be dealt a hand. When the hand is finished, the Dealer will remove one minimum bet chip from the player’s stack and place the chip in the Dealer’s rack. After (5) hands if the player has not returned, they will be disqualified by default, and their chips will be picked up.
  • Misdealt hands that cannot be backed up will void all hands. Bets may be adjusted by the players in betting order, and a replacement hand will be completed. 
  • Once the Dealer has exposed their hand, the Dealer will pay winning hands and collect from losing hands in accordance with standard Blackjack procedures.
  • At the end of the semi-finals and final round, all of the players’ chips will be counted and the player(s) with the most chips will be declared the table winner(s).
  • If more than one player is to advance, the players who have the most chips will be the ones to advance.
  • Ties - If two or more players are tied, each remaining participant will receive $10,000 in tournament chips and a four (4) hand playoff will be used to determine the advancing player or winner. If still tied after four (4) hands, there will be a sudden death playoff, which will continue until a winner is decided. Players will draw for seat position. The button will start to the right of the dealer.
  • If all of the players lose all of their chips on the same hand, the player(s) who started the hand with the most chips will be considered the table winner(s).
    • If the players started with the same amount of chips, it will be ranked as a tie and prizes will be divided equally between them.
  • Players may not be coached while at the table, whether the player is in a hand or in-between hands.
  • Players will be required to use English only while at the table. 
  • By participating in the tournament, each participant agrees to and acknowledges that they will abide by the official rules, regulations and procedures of the tournament. 
  • In the event of a dispute, the tournament official’s decision will be final.
  • Any violations of the tournament rules may result in immediate disqualification of the player(s) involved.
  • Any players caught playing unethically, especially those in collusion, may be disqualified from the tournament and/or permanently banned from play in future tournaments.
  • Persons who violate any rule, gain an unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. 
  • Withholding taxes will be collected upon issuance of prize money as required by applicable laws.
  • By participating in this promotion, you grant Yaamava’ Resort and Casino permission to print, publish, televise, or otherwise use your name, city, state, photograph, or any likeness of you for promotional purposes.
  • Yaamava’ employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the tournament. 
  • Persons who have voluntarily or involuntarily been excluded from the property or who have requested self-exclusion from the property are not eligible to participate in the tournament. 
  • Management reserves the right to cancel or modify this tournament at any time.

Final Table Prize Structure

  • 1st $100,000 Cash or $125,000 Promotional Chips
  • 2nd $50,000  Cash or $62,500 Promotional Chips
  • 3rd $25,000 Cash or $31,250 Promotional Chips
  • 4th $15,000 Cash or $18,750 Promotional Chips
  • 5th $5,000 Cash or $6,250 Promotional Chips
  • 6th $5,000 Cash or $6,250 Promotional Chips