Imagine this: you’re entering a blackjack tournament and set your eyes on the perfect seat, tucked away in a corner. Next, you take your seat at the table and the game promptly starts. In anticipation of losing, your forehead begins to sweat and you close your eyes for a quick second. Within that second, you end up winning the entire tournament! In reality, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll win the tournament, but it’s possible to succeed at any level. Here are some tips to help you better your chances in blackjack:

Tip #1: Know the Rules

When participating in a blackjack tournament, it’s highly pertinent to know the rules of the event. One of the most important rules to know is how many people will advance to each table. Once you receive the answer, it’s also good to ask the dealer other rules you’re not sure of. After all, your success will dwindle if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Tip # 2: Stay Calm

Just because you’re competing in a tournament doesn’t mean you’re destined to lose. Remember: take some deep breaths, and always use your best judgement. If it helps, pretend that you’re playing against your friends at your kitchen table — sometimes an imagination can do wonders.

Tip #3: Keep It Low

One of the most important rules to know is that you should keep your bets low, until you reach the final table. If you lose your chips too early in the game, you’re not going to be able to play at the last table. Once you make it to the final round, that’s the time to throw down the bigger bets.

Tip #4: Similarity is Key

If you’re at hand 17, you’ll need to organize your thoughts accordingly. If you decide to to wager more than your opponents and lose, then you’ll be eliminated (and out of potential winnings). If you wager a similar amount as your opponents, then you chances of winning will increase.

Tip #5: Don’t Show Off

Usually at the final table, an opponent will try to wager a big sum to ~impress~ everyone around them. Don’t let that deter you from your strategy — keep your wager modest, and keep your eyes on the grand prize. Just think: if the “show off” loses their wager, it will increase your potential winnings!

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