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.
I recently played in a mini-tournament in Biloxi and found my final three hands to be interesting for an unusual reason. I felt like I was effectively playing on auto-pilot. I think that any skilled player would have made exactly the same bets that I made and played the hands in exactly the same way. In this back-to-basics article, I'll show you the situation and let you play along with me.
The format was a one-advance format with $10 minimum bets and no maximum bet. Bets must be made in $5 increments. We'll join the action with three hands to go.
In each case I'll show the players in their order of action as the button moves.
Hand 13 of 15:
To be clear, I act last on this third-to-last hand, which means that on the final hand the button will be at BR2 and I will be acting second then.
There is one and only one bet that makes sense here. Take a close look at the situation and see if you can work it out...
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