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Blackjack Tournament Strategy

Strategy in tournament style blackjack differs from that of traditional blackjack because you are competing not only against the dealer, but also against other players. The following tips will help you maximize your chances of making it to the final table, and taking home the prize, in your next blackjack tournament.

Just as in all blackjack games it is important to understand blackjack basic strategy. Basic strategy charts that tell you the best move to make in any situation can be found on the Web, as well as in books written about blackjack strategy. You should memorize these charts so you can always make the best decision to hit, stand, double down, split or surrender based upon your own hand and that of the dealer. Keep in mind that blackjack tournament players are generally masters of basic strategy, so if you want to measure up it is important to become a master yourself. Memorize charts and practice with free online blackjack games to perfect your skills.

Blackjack basic strategy will only get you so far, however. Another major part of blackjack tournament strategy is to know how to bet. Remember that if you want to make it to the next round in an elimination tournament then you will have to be at the top. This means you need to maximize your earning so that you will have more chips than the other players at your table. A lot of players make the mistake of going all in during the first round, with the reasoning that they can double their chips right of the bat and secure themselves a place in round two. The problem with this is that there is just as good a chance that you will lose everything and be out of the tournament before you've even gotten your toes wet. Therefore, at the beginning of the tournament you should try to bet only slightly more than the other players when you are in the last seat. Usually the first bet rotates from round to round, so you have to strategize by upping your bet when you are in one of the last seats just enough to surpass the other players but not lose everything. When you are not in the last seat then place smaller bets to ensure you will hold on to your bankroll.

It is also important to familiarize yourself with all of the rules of the tournament that you are playing in. Know when you can double down and split, as well as if you have any other perks. Some tournaments give players the option to switch out one of their cards for the next in the shoe once during the game and other tournaments offer other special rules. If you know what these are then you can remember to take advantage of them.

By understanding the tournament rules, being a master of basic strategy and learning to manage your risk and bankroll effectively you can emerge victorious in your next blackjack tournament.