Though poker and slots seem to get most of the tournament action, casinos offer blackjack tournaments from time to time as well. Blackjack tournaments can be found at land-based and online casinos and they are a lot of fun.
Though they are fun, the game isn’t played exactly the same. Different strategies are needed to be successful at blackjack tournaments. For one thing, in tournaments you are actually competing against other players. In a traditional blackjack game, it is only you against the dealer. If the other players win as well then hey, good for them! Not so in the tournaments. In the tournaments, another player winning is bad for you. Though your win still counts the same, the players with the most wins earn prizes, so you want to win more often than the other players.
What that means is you should alter your betting strategy. Normally I preach flat betting, which is to bet the same amount on each hand, not altering it because you’re winning or losing. That conservative approach to betting is great for the long run, but it is not a good idea in tournaments. In blackjack tournaments, you should be more aggressive.
The tournaments are normally played in multiple rounds, with only the top players in each round advancing to the next. You don’t win anything if you don’t get to the final round. Therefore, you need to play more aggressively and bet with an all or nothing attitude. If you’re behind on the leader board, become even more aggressive. Betting larger amounts can help you catch up and get back into the game. If you have a comfortable lead, on the other hand, it might be a good idea to lower your bet so you can avoid losing ground. Then if other players start catching up, adjust your wager accordingly.
Some online casinos offer another kind of blackjack tournament that is quite different. It is a head-to-head tournament, where two players square off against each other rather than the players against the dealer. In this case, there are no set drawing rules (such as stand on 17) and both players can make their own decisions like a normal player. The player who wins the most hands head-to-head advances and plays against another player.
Whatever type of game you play, blackjack tournaments are fun and a good way of playing blackjack with a reduced risk. The risk is reduced because, in most cases, you don’t wager your own money on each hand. Instead, you pay an entry fee to join the tournament and are given an amount of chips to use on the house. At the end, you don’t get to keep any unused chips, but those players near the top of the leader board take home prizes. The prize pool is normally cash made up of the entry fees of the various players. To take part in the fun, find a blackjack tournament at your favorite online or brick and mortar casino.