Blackjack tournament play
  • There's a tournament coming up in a few weeks, and I'd like some tips from experienced tournament players. I've never been in or seen a tournament so I could really use the help. Thanks in advance..........Shredder
  • I should mention that my normal game is progression 1x, 1x, 1.5x, 2x, 3x, then back to 1x and 1x after a loss. I realize that I'll have to take some more risk in tournament play, at least at some point.......Shredder
  • Yes, definitely, especialy in the latter rounds if you are still in it... you will have to make daring plays in order to catch up.

    Anyway, how about some info about the tourney first, website? Prizes? Details please.
  • Shredder-Tournament play is different than normal table play. A double down on a breaking hand (stiff) or splitting 10's "may" be the right move. You will usually only be playing about 25 hands and at some point you will have to "make your move" and hope for the best. They are fun to play in and can be a big reward, for a small investment. Good Luck.
  • Midnite is right. Tournament play requires a different mind set. 20-25 hands is typical for a round with usually the top 1 or 2 finshers at the table moving on. It's not uncommon for the house to do a chip count of each player with 5 hands to go so you can see where you stand. If you've got a lead at that point you may bet small and try to break with the idea of stealing a card that someone to your left needs.

    Many tournament players split or double any hand that remotely smells like winner. Remember, unlike your usual play, you are playing against the other players, not the house.

    Of course, the last tournament I was in on the first hand I split 10's 3 times for a total of 4 hands, pulled one Ace for a double down and made 2 19's and 2 20's against a dealer 5 ...lost all 4 to her 21 and was tapped...all in about 20 seconds. It can be alot of fun though, especially if you win a couple of rounds and start thinking about making the final table.
  • Bug, I do not have a lot of info other than it's at Turtle Creek cassino in Traverse City Mi. and the web site is at

    any one else going?.........Shredder
  • Check out They have some good info about blackjack tournaments and have a monthly newsletter with lots of good interviews, updates on play-ability of tables and other features. has articles on all sorts of gambling. is an article specifically about playing in blackjack tournaments.

    Good luck and let us know how you do.
  • Well I did it! I exited on the first round but had a blast. On the last hand in 3rd place with the top 2 advancing I bet the max, drew a 14 and doubled it as a win would put me in the next round, and I needed money on the table, but I got a 8 and busted. Still though it was a great time and lots of fun and I'll be sure to try it again.............Shredder
  • Shredder- Glad you had fun. Better luck next time. Winning third place, does no good, if only two players advance. Your play on the last hand, was a good example of the difference between table and tournament play. You did what you needed to do, to advance.
  • In tournaments sometimes you will have to make max bets every once in a while if you want to win especially if there are other people ahead of you. For me personally I will only change how much a bet as apposed to how I play the hands.
  • Shredder:

    I like 1x, 1.5x, 2x, 3x, 4x and back to 1x win lose or tie the 4x bet. One other ramp is 1x, 1.5x, and then 2.5x until it loses.
  • Here is a strong strategy i dont tell everyone this. next to the last hand or the last hand if you are in range hold one chip more than br1 if yall win you win if yall loose you win if you lose and he wins you loose. Tournement play is a lot of fun the only thing is finding them.

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