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I went by my local B&M casino today to play some Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em; it is a table game that is a take off on the real game and it can be quite addictive. Anyway one of the pit bosses asked me if I wanted to be in a BlackJack Tournament over the week-end; its free; first prize $15K - first seven spots pays and there are only 100 players invited, so of course I accepted.I obviously know how to play regular BlackJack against the house, but I have never been in or watched a BlackJack tournament. I figured it couldn't be all that much different, but I decided to scan the flier for the tourney while I was playing Ultimate. One of the rules said you are allowed to hit on a hard or soft 21 .... wtf? Is that a misprint or are the rules completely different for tournament Black Jack?Besides that, should I just play standard Black Jack or are you supposed to gamble more and take chances hoping to get ahead. I noticed you get 5K starting chips and you can wager all your chips in one hand - any thoughts on an optimal amount to bet per hand?Any help would be much appreciated.RegardsErasaP.S. Yes; I do realize I am asking a non poker related question - if you don't care to waste your time on that hopefully the topic title was sufficient to warn you off :club:

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Black Jack tourneys are fun, there's a button like in poker and position in a blackjack tourney is crucial late in rounds. Do you have to win your table? or come in top 2? Their is usually a set number of hands, say 25 per round. Your opponents can somewhat dictate what you bet, not at first though, If you see someone pulling away time to step it up with the betting. Starting with 5k and 25 hands per round hypthetically speaking, I would bet 500 a hand, and see what develops. It's free go big or go home. GL ...... To stress the position point is huge in hands 18-25.(or final 20-25% of current round) On a side note, what do you think of royal holdem, profitability and such. I've been good staying away from table games, except for an occasional 2am trip to BJ :sigh:Ya obv. FWP is the first to post in a blackjack thread, no flames :club: Blackjack is the devil

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Black Jack tourneys are fun, there's a button like in poker and position in a blackjack tourney is crucial late in rounds. Do you have to win your table? or come in top 2? Their is usually a set number of hands, say 25 per round. Your opponents can somewhat dictate what you bet, not at first though, If you see someone pulling away time to step it up with the betting. Starting with 5k and 25 hands per round hypthetically speaking, I would bet 500 a hand, and see what develops. It's free go big or go home. GL ...... To stress the position point is huge in hands 18-25.(or final 20-25% of current round) On a side note, what do you think of royal holdem, profitability and such. I've been good staying away from table games, except for an occasional 2am trip to BJ :sigh:Ya obv. FWP is the first to post in a blackjack thread, no flames :club: Blackjack is the devil
I guess I am missing the basic premise of how it works? Could you walk me through a hand and show me how the betting works. Do you get dealt your two cards and then decide whether to bet or not? Then basically whoever calls you (or raise and you call) you play against that person and whoever gets closest to 21 or 21 without busting wins?Sorry for being all retarded, but I have only ever played regular BlackJack.[Edit: just did a quick search on royal holdem; completely different game than Ultimate - sorry never played it]If Royal holdem is the same as Ultimate Texas Hold 'em (not sure it is), then you can win a lot in hurry and lose a lot in hurry - i.e. big variance. As far as probability, check out this site http://wizardofodds.com/ultimatetexasholdem ...Raise max with the following starting hands (cut-n-pasted from above site):Any hand with an ace Unsuited king and 5 or higher Unsuited queen and 8 or higher Suited king with any other card Suited queen with 6 or higher Suited jack with 8 or higher Any pair threes or higher RegardsErasa
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Everybody starts with the same amount of chips.Everybody bets as they normally would in blackjack.After the set number of hands, the person with the most chips wins.Blackjack rules are standard, except you can double on 21.Basically, play blackjack as you normally would, when you have doubts as to what to bet, push out as much money as you can.

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theres also a strat called negative progression. where if you bet 200 and loose, your next bet is 400. and if you loose that the next bet is 800. its not very good for regular black jack, but some top BJ tourny players use this method.

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Everybody starts with the same amount of chips.Everybody bets as they normally would in blackjack.After the set number of hands, the person with the most chips wins.Blackjack rules are standard, except you can double on 21.Basically, play blackjack as you normally would, when you have doubts as to what to bet, push out as much money as you can.
bad ideain a lot of case late in a match you can win by just not losing that much
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