Blackjack tournaments are a fun way of mixing thing sup, but I see way too many newbies just in without strategy. Now, I already gave you a little bit of strategy, so I suggest that you read that article before going to this one. Still, you can’t have enough strategy, so I figured that I’d write some more on the topic.
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you have an adequate bankroll the entire way through. Betting hard is not your friend here. You want to maximize the value of every single chip that you put into the game. However, if the stakes are getting higher and you have to sacrifice more chips, then you have to get with the program there. Can you go all in when you feel justified to do so? Absolutely — but it’s going to be risky. If you’re in the right position, you can do this with no problem.
Position is going to be incredibly important. It’s all about who gets to act first, and who gets to act last. If you are the one that gets to act last, you really do have all of the power in blackjack. It’s very important that you remember this, because it’s very easy to forget. You might think that you’re going to be just coasting along, minding your own business but that’s not the case at all.
You have to always look at the biggest picture in the game. Blackjack tournaments are all about staying alive for as long as you can, as hard as you can. If you take the top prize at the tournament, that can be a lot of money. But if you’re new, don’t get your hopes up. It can take a while to get used to the tournament format.
Choosing where you sit in the tournament can be a good thing, but the tournament itself will choose who acts first and how the action moves. All you need to do is pay attention to how everyone else is betting. You will know how to size your bets based off of what everyone else is doing. If you’re the first person to act, then you need to try to bet as low as possible. This can help you against your opponents.
The tournament format is good because you get to think about what the other players are going to do next. This is different than the way traditional blackjack is played, but isn’t that part of the magic? Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win. Take it as incentive to keep practicing so that you’re even better the next time you start moving forward.
Get in the game while it’s on your mind, and you certainly won’t regret it!