Looks like AOL has been running these daily tournaments for a while now. I don’t recall seeing any discussions before on this.
Bet $100 – $2500
30 hands played
Elimination format, first rounds 2 per table advance, semifinals one per table advances
No wildcards to fill tables. Final table only had four players. Semifinals had six players (I think this was a full table).
When your table finishes, you have to wait till other tables finish. It will tell you number of tables still playing and what hand they are on, but no easy way to go to lobby and watch or see how other tables are progressing.
5 minute break between rounds in addition to whatever time you wait for tables to finish.
No double down on blackjacks. Surrender offered. DAS up to four hands. Split aces up to four hands.
20 second counter. When it is your turn, the buttons appear to make your bet and to play the hand. If it is not your turn, there is nothing showing on the table, so it is kind of weird to figure out how to play until you go a few hands. Bet is made by sliding marker left and right to change bet, which can be difficult. Bets appear to be made in $100 increments.
Watch out for the timer. If you fail to make bet, the default is for you to sit out hand. This means you make minimum bet, but do not get cards, you just forfeit your hand. This happened to me once on final hand, but luckily I had the low in spite of the play and it worked out.
My first table had six players showing, but only three of us were playing. I finally black jack aol figured out that the other three must have been no shows. They just made minimum bets each hand, got no cards dealt to them, and forfeited hands. It was weird because the button stopped at each of the ghost players. I don’t know what would have happened if everyone had busted out and one of the ghosts had won the table to advance.
The only sounds are the sound of chips being paid or cleared from table by dealer. There is a visable sign showing who is playing (star under name rotates around table). The other odd item is that chips are not removed from betting circle unless you lose. Under your name it shows two lines, the top bottom line is your bankroll, and the top line is your bankroll after your bet. To figure out what was bet you have to take the difference between the numbers. Since the chips stay in the black jack aol circle till it is your turn to bet, it makes it kind of difficult to watch bankrolls. You have to watch to see if the players have made a new bet yet (which replaces their chips in circle) or if it is from their last payout. Pretty confusing at first, but you get the hang of it after a bit.
There is an option to Sit out a hand, but I think that only means that you forfeit $100 and skip the hand.
Not sure what you do with the funny money you win on their site, and what the pass cards are for. I guess they will tell us later. I didn’t find any record of what you have in your account either, but I must have had $100 to play since it didn’t restrict my play.
Good luck to anyone else playing.
PS: I just read the rules from the link above. Check out the tie breakers. This is almost as bad as high card draw!!!!