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Prepare for a Blackjack Tournament

If you are planning to participate in a blackjack tournament then you'll have to be prepared if you want to win. The following tips can help you get ready to give it your all the next time you compete in tournament-style blackjack.

When preparing for a blackjack tournament the first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the game rules that will be in play. If you have played blackjack at a number of different places then you know that there are sometimes rule variations. For instance, in some games the dealer will hit on soft 17, while in others he will stand. Rules also differ from game to game when it comes to doubling down and splitting. You should know all the rules, front and back, before the tournament begins.

It is also important to familiarize yourself with the rules of the actual tournament. How is the winner determined? How are players eliminated? Knowing this information can help you to determine your game strategy. For instance, if you are playing in a tournament in which players are only eliminated when their bankroll runs out then you should start out the game playing it safe with minimum bets to hold on to your bankroll. On the other hand, if you are in an elimination game in which only the top two players at each table progress to the next round then you'll have to play a little more risky if you want to maximize your chips so that you won't be eliminated.

It is also important to learn as much as you can about basic blackjack strategy when preparing for a tournament. After all, in tournament play most players are experienced and have a strong grasp of blackjack strategy. By studying basic strategy charts you can maximize your own strategy so that you can measure up to the other tournament players.

Finally, it is important to find out before the tournament begins what will go into it. How much of your time will it require? Some tournaments are played over the course of a few hours or less, while others may span over several days or even weeks. Only sign up for a tournament that you are prepared to put the time in for. Additionally, how much is the entry fee? Only play in tournaments with entry fees that fit your personal bankroll and prizes that you would be interested in winning.

If you are looking to practice before the big day you can play in freerolls or low-limit blackjack tournaments online. In this way you can get used to the tournament setting, improve and get ready to give it your all.