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Low Stakes Blackjack Tournaments

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Low Stakes Blackjack Tournaments

My friends and I like to talk a lot of crap about each other's blackjack strategies. I was hoping I could find a low level blackjack tournament that we could all play in when we're there December 14-18th.

The Cromwell used to have a "Blackjack Challenge" where you paid $25, got 1000 in fun money, and played ten hands of blackjack, winner take all. But when I called them, they said they were no longer running it.

Is there anything similar we could do?

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Low Stakes Blackjack Tournaments

There are some off strip hotels like Rampart or Longhorn where you can find low level tournaments. Try https:/… for more tournament information regarding your travel dates. Have fun!

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Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

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I don't think this is a solution to solving your argument. First the strategy you use in a blackjack tournament is very different than what you would use if you are playing blackjack normally. That is particularly true in terms of strategies involving the correct bet amount which I assume is what you are trying to resolve. Second - a blackjack tournament session involves a limited number of hands - usually 20 I think. That is not nearly a large enough sample to really evaluate a different strategy. "Luck" is a more meaningful predictor than strategy in that environment.

I played in a tournament at Paris last year and got to the 2nd round - should have gotten to the third round if I had correctly calculated the optimum final bet amount. It was fun but it was not at all like just playing at a regular table. One of the guys who did advance from my 2nd round table was a horrible player - did things that made no sense in either regular or tournament blackjack (i.e. hitting 13 to a dealer 6) - but he kept getting lucky or just getting great cards.

If you ignore counting cards / advantage play - the proper strategy for playing a hand can be mathematically determined. There is no reason to "argue" about that - just go to the Wizard of Odds website and it will tell you who is correct. Somewhat similarly (again ignoring true and accurate card counting) there is no "optimum" strategy for bet amounts that rules in all situations over the long run. If you play out any of the betting scenarios long enough any bet amount strategy will end up reflecting the true house edge in the game. Obviously no one plays enough hands in any particular session to get to that result -but what that tells you is just because one strategy works better than another in one session - does not mean it will always work better - and in fact it proves that sometimes the 2nd strategy that was worse in the first session will be better in the next. Ultimately in terms of bet amounts the higher amount of variance in the bets between hands means the higher the variance in success at the session. Pressing bets aggressively will mean that you have bigger winning sessions than flat-betting. But it will also mean bigger losing sessions (or more losing sessions) as well.

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4. Re: Low Stakes Blackjack Tournaments

That said - I think I read somewhere that the Orleans ran a regular weekly blackjack tournament. Or used to anyway. That would be closer to the strip than the other suggestions.

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I completely agree with HuskerBB. Blackjack tournaments often reward careless, lucky play and are not a good indicator of skill.

Gold Coast has tournaments often...but they are invitation only. Easy to get an invite, though. Just give me some decent play.

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I believe it was the Venetian that has stadium BJ. Last time I was there the group I was with sat down and played to see who had the best strategy. the concept is everyone plays the same hand but you decide how you want to play it. House has big odds so I would not play it very long.

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8. Re: Low Stakes Blackjack Tournaments

Huh. Stadium blackjack sounds interesting. I'll have to give that a shot.

Mainly we just wanted an excuse to brag and lord it in each other's faces. We have some people that play by perfect strategy and some people that just...play like idiots and both insist their way is best.

We'll probably just end up at Hooters, TI or the Cromwell with a one hour or hand limit and that way everyone keeps their earnings.

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