ChumpChange
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January 27th, 2019 at 6:58:54 PM permalink
My Hoyle Casino BJ Tournament game has my opponents typically betting half of their session money on each of hands 23, 24, and 25. That way they can do a split or a double down. Sometimes they do a half session money bet earlier on, like on hand 10, to try to catch up or take the lead. I can never predict what they'll do, nor act on it, since I'm always the first to bet.
Minty
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aceofspades
January 27th, 2019 at 7:17:56 PM permalink
I really do think conservative is the way to go early on and Wong is right on about that. Helped me get paid in a tournament recently, actually. Keep in mind he alsoentions going with the flow and betting contrarian in certain situations. I definitely have held up a game a minute or two to really analyze everyone's bets and chip counts before making a move.
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theoriemeister
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February 23rd, 2019 at 8:19:10 PM permalink
Here's an update:

I played a tournament today, and made it to the finals! In fact, today was the first time I ever made it past the prelims.

Four preliminary rounds, 72 players total, including folks from the earlier rounds who re-bought in. I played conservatively at first, but ended up the chip leader at my table--so on to the semifinals. The semis had only 12 people, so the top 3 chip leaders from each of the 2 tables moved on to the finals. I finished the top chip player again.

At this casino all 6 players in the finals are guaranteed some money. My cards were not as good. I caught a couple of BJs, but only when I had the minimum bet out, and seem to lose when I had my bigger bets out ($100+). Still, after 20 hands I was in 4th place. On hand 24 I bet the max ($500), which had I won would have put me up into 2nd place. Alas, I lost the hand. For the last hand, I went all in ($275 or so,) hoping to win to move up one position if possible. Again, I lost. Another guy did the same (and lost), but since he played before me, he busted out first, which allowed me to take 5th place.

The prize for 5th place was $150, but considering the buy-in was only $25 I was pleased.
ars longa vita brevis
Minty
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February 23rd, 2019 at 8:21:35 PM permalink
That's exciting! I get much more enjoyment out of tournament play than regular BJ at this point. There's a certain thrill in the competition isn't there?
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FCBLComish
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February 23rd, 2019 at 8:53:32 PM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

Betting large early is not necessarily a bad strategy, and doesnít automatically make you a ploppy.

Zig when others zag is my go to tournament strategy. If Iím putting my chips out last and everyone has bet small, betting half my bankroll is not a terrible idea.



My strategy always has been "Watch what everyone else does. and then don't do that". Seems to be a very good short run strategy. Then outplay them at the end.
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theoriemeister
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February 23rd, 2019 at 9:18:54 PM permalink
Quote: FCBLComish

My strategy always has been "Watch what everyone else does. and then don't do that". Seems to be a very good short run strategy. Then outplay them at the end.



Well, a good strategy, but you do have to get the cards in order to catch them! lol Today I never saw so many people stand on 13-15 v. dealer 8-10 in my life! Doubling a 7 v. dealer 10??? Splitting 10s v. dealer 10???
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Minty
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February 23rd, 2019 at 9:38:44 PM permalink
Quote: theoriemeister

Well, a good strategy, but you do have to get the cards in order to catch them! lol Today I never saw so many people stand on 13-15 v. dealer 8-10 in my life! Doubling a 7 v. dealer 10??? Splitting 10s v. dealer 10???



I actually made it into the finals of the last tournament I was in by doubling a hard 18. Many players make poor decisions without much reason though.
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theoriemeister
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February 24th, 2019 at 9:17:49 AM permalink
Quote: Minty

I actually made it into the finals of the last tournament I was in by doubling a hard 18. Many players make poor decisions without much reason though.



But I'm betting that was toward the end of the round, when desperate plays are warranted, and not at the beginning of the round. The hands I mentioned above happened all throughout the round!
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aceofspades
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February 24th, 2019 at 9:38:01 AM permalink
Quote: Minty

That's exciting! I get much more enjoyment out of tournament play than regular BJ at this point. There's a certain thrill in the competition isn't there?



I have played about 20 tournaments in my life and won 5 (1 of them was a chop but still)
I am very happy with me 25% win percentage
Minty
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February 24th, 2019 at 10:00:05 AM permalink
That's great news! I'd love to play more, but unfortunately anywhere close to me the heat is too high right now to show up. Do you like them more than standard blackjack as well?
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