How to Win at Blackjack Competitions
It might not be as difficult as you think to learn how to win blackjack tournaments. You presumably already know how to play blackjack, and if you’ve ever participated in a poker or blackjack event, you’ve gained some important background knowledge. To get to the final table, where you have a great chance of winning that beautiful first-place prize money, all you need to do is utilize some advanced technique.
The majority of tournaments have two or three rounds, with one player from each table moving on to the following round. The chip leader from each table in this round advances to the final table, which often comprises six or seven tables full of earlier round winners. Each player at final tables typically receives a cash award, but before you start playing, double-check that you are familiar with all the guidelines. Ask the dealer for a rule sheet and don’t be shy about asking them things like:
- How many players from each table move on?
- What are the smallest and biggest bets?
- The round consists of how many hands?
- What are the common game rules?
- How much is blackjack worth?
- Offer insurance, do you?
- Any additional guidelines for placing bets
The majority of those regulations are self-explanatory, but many blackjack tournaments have additional requirements, such as ordering of bets and blackjack paying 2 to 1. The wager’s actual placement could be crucial. Before you trip yourself up, find out whether each participant needs to announce their stake or slide their money into the betting circle. Use basic blackjack technique, and you’ll do the best.
Set your sights on winning each round because, with very few exceptions, the used chips have no cash value and you’ll probably need to reach the final table to cash. Keep your early wagers low enough to stay in play since, much like in poker tournaments, you can’t advance to the final table if you blow through all of your chips. Your opening wager should be between $50 and $100 if each player starts the tournament with $1000 in chips and there are 20 hands every round. Increase your wager slightly when you win hands; decrease it when the dealer consistently wins hands. Wait until hand number 17 to alter your course of action.
If you are fortunate enough to gain a sizeable chip advantage, your greatest chance is to reach hand 20 with a maximum bet greater than the next-closest competitor. For example, if the maximum bet is $500, you would need to wager $505 more than the player in second place. If this occurs, you maintain your final wager low enough so that other players won’t be able to catch up, even if they make large bets. Don’t get $1,000 just to forfeit it before the final hand.