The ONE DECISION TOURNAMENT: Part 2
by Kenneth R Smith
Tournament expert Ken Smith has appeared on all four seasons of GSN's World Series of Blackjack, and had several appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour on CBS. He is the author of the e-book.How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Supercharge Your Game. Ken hosts the popular website www.BlackjackInfo.com as well as the online tournament community at www.BlackjackTournaments.com. You can subscribe to his free email newsletter at http://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/. Ken also recently released his new pocket blackjack strategy cards, which are available in our BJI store.
Click here for part one of this article series.
Last month I introduced an unusual tournament format in an effort to focus on one aspect of tournament play to the exclusion of all others. The "One Decision Tournament" is a tournament round where players must choose a single bet amount for the entire round. They must flat-bet that amount, and they must play normal basic strategy for every hand. With these draconian restrictions in place, we can run some simulations to assess the relative value of various bet sizes.
The particulars of the format:
I wrote custom simulation software to analyze this situation, and ran lengthy simulations of millions of tournaments to test the scenarios. While I had some firm ideas about what the results would be, I did unearth a few surprises.
My research questions from the introductory article were split up into several groups, so I will address them group-by-group.
It makes sense to actually start with question 2 here, since...
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