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Tomorrow Estonians start defending their title won last year in blackjack

Posted on 11.11.2005

Tomorrow, November 12, the best blackjack players of Estonia embark on defending their title won last year at the major blackjack tournament in the Baltic States. This year the prize fund amounts to nearly one million Estonian kroons.
The Estonian representatives in the tournament called The Baltic Sea Blackjack Tournament were settled in the Estonian Blackjack Championship at the end of October. There are representatives from seven countries taking part in the tournament, each team has seven members. The Estonian team is sent to the competition in Sweden by Olympic Casino, which is the only casino-chain in the Baltic States to take part in the blackjack tournament of the Baltic Sea.

“Last year the Estonian players achieved a supreme result by winning both the team and individual titles,” says the executive manager of Olympic Casino Tarmo Kase, recalling the contest held in Helsinki last year. “Then the Estonians won over 600 000 kroons with their various places in the finals, hopefully the results will be of the same caliber this year also.”

The prize fund of the tournament finals to be held on Saturday, November 12 in the Stockholm Casino Cosmopolis extends to nearly one million Estonian kroons this year. The Estonians will compete with Latvians, Lithuanians, Finns, Swedes, Russians and Poles at the tournament that can already be qualified as internationally top-class sports.

The first place winner will receive a 20,000 EUR prize, 10,000 EUR for the second place and 5,000 EUR for the third. Team title winners will be awarded with the additional 10,500 EUR.

This year the blackjack tournament of the Baltic Sea is already the sixth; Estonians have been participating just as long.

Blackjack or “twenty-one” as it is commonly called, is a card game providing sports-like entertainment where the players play against a dealer. Each card has a numerical value and the objective is to get 21 points in a hand in every game round. In tournament play there are 4 rounds played, the winner of each round will have the greatest number of chips after 21 games All 49 players will participate in the 1st and 2nd rounds, only 14 in the 3rd round and 7 in the finals. The tournament winner will accumulate the greatest score as the total of the semi-finals and finals.

Olympic Casino Eesti AS, established in 1993, is part of the Olympic Entertainment Group - the greatest gambling operator in the Baltic countries. At the moment there are sixteen Olympic Casino brand casinos in Estonia, seven in Lithuania, five in Latvia and four in the Ukraine. In total Olympic Casino employs more than 1,200 people in the Baltic States and the Ukraine. The company’s job management complies with the requirements of the international quality standard ISO 9001. Olympic Casino is the sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

Additional information:
Tarmo Kase, executive manager
Olympic Casino Eesti AS
Ph. +372 667 1250, +372 501 2629
E-mail: tarmo.kase@ocg.ee

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