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Basic Blackjack Tournament Strategy

If you are thinking about competing in a blackjack tournament then it is important to prepare. To win a blackjack tournament you will need to arm yourself with more than just basic blackjack strategy. The following tips can help you get ready to play your best in your upcoming blackjack tournament.

While basic strategy on its own isn't enough to win a blackjack tournament it is still a must. Remember that in tournament style blackjack you are playing against other players and most of them are familiar with basic strategy and odds. If you want to measure up then you have to be familiar as well. You can find blackjack strategy charts online, as well as in blackjack strategy books. Learn these charts front and back so that you can easily determine the best move in every situation based on your cards and the dealer's up card-should you hit, stand, double down, split or surrender? When basic strategy is nature to you it allows you to focus on the other aspects of tournament blackjack.

Another big part of basic blackjack tournament strategy is risk management, or how to manage your bankroll. In a blackjack tournament all of the players begin with the same amount of chips. The goal is to earn more chips than the other players. Therefore, you want to manage your money in a way that allows you to earn more than your opponents without risking your entire bankroll away in one fell swoop.

The first player to bet usually rotates from hand to hand in blackjack tournament play. Therefore, try betting safe, small amounts when you have to bet first. However, when you are last in the betting lineup you can take bigger risks. Bet slightly more money than the other players at the table, if you can without going all-in, and you can successfully increase your bankroll to a larger number than the other players.

With a knowledge of basic strategy, plus a basic grasp of tournament risk management you will be prepared to play your best at your next blackjack tournament.