SUPER-CHARGE YOUR TOURNAMENT GAME BY ELIMINATING CHIP COUNTING
by Kenneth R. Smith
Ken Smith hosts the popular website www.BlackjackInfo.com as well as the online tournament community at www.BlackjackTournaments.com. Considered one of the best tournament players in the country, he has appeared on TV in GSN's World Series of Blackjack 2004 and 2005, the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Championship II finals, and is also featured in the upcoming Ultimate Blackjack Tour. You can subscribe to his free email newsletter athttp://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/.
Chip-counting is an issue that is mentioned time and time again by players who are new to land-based blackjack tournaments. The process of looking around a tournament table and determining your opponents' bankrolls is often the most intimidating of the skills needed to play well. It is impossible to make good betting decisions without having a good grasp of the table situation so accurate chip-counting seems to be a necessary part of the game.
Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing has been debated on message boards many times. Many skilled players feel like their ability to count chips easily and accurately gives them a hard-earned and well-justified advantage against less experienced players. On the other hand, many argue that the chip-counting process is so intimidating to beginners that it prevents new players from enjoying their tournament experience, and causes some players to give up the game. Driving off new enthusiasts can't be good for the game, so those who argue this point would advocate frequent mandatory chip counts.
I can see both sides of this argument, and frankly, I don't care whether mandatory counts are frequent or rare in the rounds that I play. But the fact remains that in most events, skill in chip-counting is an important part of successful play. Becoming adept at chip-counting just requires practice, preferably a lot of it. But that's not what I'm proposing in this month's article. Instead, I recommend trying to eliminate most of the chip-counting from your games!
Before I get into the details, let's look at some of the reasons that chip counting is hard...
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