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Weekly Tournaments

In the mood for Blackjack? You’re in luck!

Join us at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel for a two-month elimination-style Blackjack Tournament for a chance to win your share of $185,000 in Promo Chips!

The tournament will be held every Saturday in October and November – Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27 – at Pit 6, on the first floor near the New Pines Modern Steakhouse.

Registration will run from 11:30am until 2:15pm, and is followed by Tournament Play from Noon until 3pm. Tournament buy-in will be $200 and a ThrillAgain Chip can be purchased for an additional $100 in cash or chips only.

At the end of each tournament there will be a Bonus Drawing, where five (5) winners will win $500 in Promo Chips. Winners have ten (10) minutes to claim. There will be no redraws

The Finale will be held starting at 1pm on Saturday, November 27, with one (1) Winner walking away with $75,000 in Promo Chips.

Bonus Drawings follow every 30 minutes from 4:30pm until 6:30pm. At each drawing, five (5) winners will receive $500 in Promo Chips. Winners will have ten (10) minutes to claim their prize with no redraws.

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Prizes

The top six will win a spot in the November 27 Finale and win the following in Promo Chips:

  • 1st – $5,000
  • 2nd – $2,500
  • 3rd – $1,000
  • 4th-6th – $500

One wild card winner each tournament will receive a spot in the Finale.

November 27 Finale

Fifty-six total players advance to the Finale on Saturday, November 27. Registration begins at 11:30am and continues until 12:50pm. Seat assignments will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. 

Tournament Play follows at 1pm, with four total rounds to determine the Top Player who will take home $75,000 in Promo Chips. 

Bonus Drawings follow every 30 minutes from 4:30pm until 6:30pm. Five (5) winners will receive $500 Promo Chips.

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Official Rules

1.    Must be 21 years of age or older to participate and must be a member of Club Serrano. Membership is free. 
2.    The tournament will take place every Saturday in October and November; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – November 6, 13, 20, 2021 at 12:00pm. The winner-take-all Finale Tournament is to be held November 27, 2021 in the Table Games Tournament Area on the 1st floor of the casino near The New Pines. Members can buy-in from 11:30am – 2:15pm in the Table Games Tournament Area on the 1st floor of the casino near The New Pines. Tournament play will be from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Tournament buy-in will be $200 and a ThrillAgain Chip can be purchased for an additional $100 in cash or chips only.
3.    Re-buys are permitted based on space available.  The maximum number of participants is 144.  A minimum of four (4) players are required for preliminary rounds. If deemed necessary by Table Games Management, a quarter-final round will be held. The semi-final round will be held at 3:00pm.
4.    Weekly tournaments will have six (6) winners who will be awarded in Promotional Chips: The weekly prize amount will be $10,000 in Promotional Chips as follows: 1st place receives $5,000, 2nd place receives $2,500, 3rd place receives $1,000, and 4th – 6th place will receive $500.  All six (6) finalist will advance to the finale on Saturday, November 27, 2021.
5.    At the conclusion of each weekly tournament, there will be a bonus drawing where five (5) winners will receive $500 in Promotional Chips. Winners will have ten (10) minutes to claim their prize in the Table Games Tournament Area on the 1st floor of the casino near The New Pines. First place winner will not be eligible for the drawing. No redraws. 
6.    Wild Cards:
    a.    There will be a Wild Card drawing at the conclusion of each weekly tournament for a guaranteed seat in the Finale.
    b.    The winner of the Wild Card must be present at the drawing and will have three (3) minutes to claim in the Table Games Tournament Area on the 1st floor of the casino near The New Pines. Redraws may be conducted until a winner is identified. 
    c.    All weekly participants are eligible for Wild Card drawings, excluding the top six (6) weekly winners and any member(s) who may have advanced from previous weeks. Each member will receive one (1) Wild Card entry per tournament day.
7.    ThrillAgains:
    a.    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”.
    b.    ThrillAgains may only be used once.
    c.    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.
    d.    ThrillAgains can be purchased once per buy-in. 

8.    Standard Betting Rules:
    a.    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.
    b.    Each player starts with $10,000 in tournament chips.
    c.    Play will consist of 24 hands of Blackjack with a rotating "Dealer Button".
    d.    Minimum bet amount is $100. There is no max bet.
    e.    At the end of 24 hands, all players’ totals will be documented. The top winner at each table advances to the next round.
    f.    If a quarter-final round is required due to participation, it will take place at 3:00pm and the semi-final will be held at 3:30pm. The method of determining how many from each table advance to the semi-final will be determined by the number of quarter-final tables.  Management’s discretion may determine whether the top 12 chip earners advance to the semi-final round.
    g.    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.
    h.    All Yaamava' House Rules for Blackjack will apply. With the following exceptions:
        i.    Natural blackjacks will be paid at two (2) to one (1).
        ii.    Players will not be allowed to take insurance on their hand.
        iii. Players will not be allowed to surrender their hand.

Finale Tournament - November 27, 2021 
9.    The Finale Tournament will be a winner–take-all event for $75,000 in Promotional Chips.
10.    All 56 finalist can begin registering from 11:30am – 12:50pm. Seat assignments will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. After registration has closed, late arrivals will not be allowed in the tournament. 
11.    ThrillAgains can be purchased on the Finale day for $200 in cash or chips only.
12.    Tournament play will begin at 1:00pm.  All standard rules and procedures used in the weekly tournaments will apply for the Finale Tournament with the exception that in the first round, the top two (2) winners from each table will advance to the next round.
13.    Players at the final table may agree to split the prize.  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.
14.    Finale Bonus Drawing:
    a.    After the conclusion of the tournament, a bonus drawing will be conducted every half hour from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. 
    b.    Five (5) winners of $500 in promotional chips will be called each drawing. 
    c.    Drawing will be exclusive to finale participants and will exclude tournament winner. Winners will have ten (10) minutes to claim their prize in the Table Games Tournament Area on the 1st floor of the casino near The New Pines and no redraws will be conducted.
15.    Tournament Procedures:

    a.    For each weekly tournament, after being eliminated, a player may re-buy if space is available.
    b.    When the tournament is about to begin, the tournament format, rules and betting structure will be conveyed to the players by a tournament official. 
    c.    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.
    d.    Players may not change tables or seats without a tournament official’s approval.
    e.    It may become necessary to reassign tables or seats to accommodate players with special needs.
    f.    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.
    g.    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.
    h.    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.
    i.    If a player has not started play before the end time of the tournament they will forfeit their buy in. 
    j.    For the Finale if they are not at their table at the start of the round they will be disqualified. 
    k.    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.
    l.    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.
    m.    Every player must make a minimum bet on every deal or they may bet the maximum bet if so inclined.
    n.    When it is a player’s turn to bet, and they have released chips in the betting circle, their bet amount cannot be changed.
    o.    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.
    p.    A player sitting at the table may not sit out a hand and must bet at least the minimum bet every hand.
    q.    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. 
    r.    Misdealt hands that cannot be backed up will void all hands. All bets remain in place and a new deal is completed.
    s.    Once the Dealer has exposed their hand, the Dealer will pay winning hands and collect from losing hands in accordance with standard Blackjack procedures.
    t.    Each round of play will consist of 24 hands that will be tracked at each table.
    u.    At the end of the round, all of the players’ chips will be counted and the player(s) with the most chips will be declared the table winner(s).
    v.    If more than one player is to advance, the players who have the most chips will be the ones to advance.
    w.    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.
    x.    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).
    y.    In the final round, if two or more players are eliminated on the same hand, the player who began the hand with the most chips will place higher in the final ranking.
        i.    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.
    z.    Players may not be coached while at the table, whether the player is in a hand or in-between hands.
    aa.    Players will be required to use English only while at the table. 
    bb.    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. 
    cc.    In the event of a dispute, the tournament official’s decision will be final.
    dd.    Any violations of the tournament rules may result in immediate disqualification of the player(s) involved.
    ee.    Any players caught playing unethically, especially those in collusion, may be disqualified from the tournament and/or permanently banned from play in future tournaments.
    ff.    Persons who violate any rule, gain an unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. 
    gg.    Withholding taxes will be collected upon issuance of prize money as required by applicable laws.
    hh.    By participating in this promotion, you grant Yaamava' Resort & Casino permission to print, publish, televise, or otherwise use your name, city, state, photograph, or any likeness of you for promotional purposes.
    ii.    San Manuel employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the tournament. 
    jj.    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. 
    kk.    Management reserves the right to cancel or modify this tournament at any time.