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Elements of Winning Blackjack Tournaments

Blackjack tournaments can be an exciting way to play the popular card game of blackjack. However, if you want to win then there are several skills that you need to develop. The following elements will contribute to a winning blackjack tournament strategy.

For starters, you've got to understand blackjack rules inside and out. Not just the basic rules, but the advanced rules as well. Most people understand the objective of the game-to achieve a hand worth more than that of the dealer without busting 21-as well as the options to hit, stand, double down and split. However, a lot of players aren't familiar with more advanced game rules that apply to your tournament specifically. For instance, do you know if the dealer will hit or stand on soft 17 in the tournament you plan to participate in? Are there limits on splitting and doubling down? How will the betting order work and how are players eliminated? If you really get to know the rules of the tournament you can be ready for anything. You'll also have a heads up over other players who may have not taken the time to really get to know the rules.

Another important element of winning in blackjack tournaments is to understand how basic strategy works. Basic strategy charts are based on odds and tell you the best move (i.e. stand, hit, double down, split, surrender) based on your hand and the dealer's exposed card. When you commit basic blackjack strategy to memory you can ensure that you will play at your maximum potential against the blackjack dealer.

However, don't forget that in blackjack tournament play you aren't only playing against the dealer. You are competing against every other player in the tournament as well. This leads to the next element of winning blackjack tournaments-risk management.

Risk management has to do with your tournament bankroll and betting style. Some tournament players like to go all in or place huge bets on the first hand. This is a very high-risk strategy. If you win the hand it will pretty much guarantee you a spot in the next round. However, there is just as good of a chance that you will lose and be eliminated from the tournament before it even gets going.

If you can learn the rules inside and out, study up on blackjack basic strategy and manage your money and risk effectively then you will have mastered the three basic elements of blackjack tournament success.