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April 6th, 2017 at 5:30:13 PM permalink
If you are playing small games, you probably wonít be up against really stiff opposition. Just a few starters off the top of my head:

1. Donít count cards. Itís essentially useless with a small number of rounds.
2. Count the other playersí chips instead Thatís what matters.
3. Keep in mind that, unlike standard blackjack, the other players are your opponents; not the casino.
4. There are players that are aggressive at the start to get a jump on the opposition (and if they bust out early, stop wasting their time), that are conservative and hope to outlast players that bust early, or that play unpredictably to throw off opponents. These are all valid methods.
5. The last hand is the most important. The next to last, the second most important. Indeed, this is probably 90% of the game.
6. You may need to forget basic strategy in the last hand, and often in the next to last. You must be the winner in chips. In a tourney, generally chips are points Ė not money. That means you may double for less, double a BJ (if allowed), make absurd splits, double a hard-20, make seemingly insane plays if that is the only way to win.
7. Position, who bets and plays first (nearly all tournys rotate), is of ultimate importance in the end game. But, thatís difficult to explain in detail.
8. Make sure you know all the rules beforehand. Rules like secret bets are important.

Good luck
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April 6th, 2017 at 6:40:44 PM permalink
QFIT covers the basic points.

Be sure you understand the rules about how many people advance. Are there two playoff rounds? Does everyone at the final table get paid?

You will almost certainly have to bet your whole stack at some point and get lucky.

Playing basic strategy you are roughly 50/50 to win or lose a given hand. This helps decide what to do.

Position on the last round or two is probably the most important thing. When you get to the last 4-5 rounds count out where you will be on the last round and think about a strategy. If you are first to play on the last round you might as well bet your whole stack. This will force the action on the other players and you may get lucky.

I once doubled on hard 17. The only reason I remember it is because I drew a 4. Even I get lucky sometimes.

Simple strategy:
Bet your whole stack on the first hand. If you win just bet one chip until the end and then decide what to do. If you lose, buy into the next round and try again.

Your fellow players won't like it but it is a competition after all.
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April 7th, 2017 at 7:53:55 PM permalink
Update: So I won the tournament on Friday night. 30 people and it was winner-take-all. $20 entry. Walked out with $600.

Played another one this morning with 33 people and finished in the final round: 5th out of about 33. Made my entry fee back + like $12. Ha!

Had I won my last hand, I would have actually won the second tournament too. Rats! I had the 7-3 against the Dealer 9. I doubled with everything I had to try to win and pulled a 4. Dealer had a 10 in the hole. :)

Oh well. It was a shit-ton of fun and as someone who loves to play, you definitely get the hang of "tournament-style" really quickly.

QFIT's pointers up top are absolutely dead on.

Anyway, I'm buying a house next month, so this money was needed more than words can explain.

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