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By Monkeysystem

Monkeysystem has been playing advantage blackjack recreationally for many years. He came onto the tournament scene two years ago and has won or cashed in several. He’s interested in developing blackjack tournament theory, particularly in the area of profiling opponents and making optimal use of that information. In this article he shares with us how he learned from practical experience a thing or two about opponent profiling.

Most serious tournament blackjack players that have gotten involved with online UBT and Bet 21 tournaments are bored with the Tournament Entry Chip (TEC) freerolls on UBT. They find them to be a blackjack tournament wasteland with crazy, all in bets on hand-one, and splitting sixes against dealer ten cards. Some serious players say they’ve quit playing UBT freerolls altogether because of the poor quality of play found there, and in the daily qualifiers.

I say this is only partially true. One can still find good practice in these freerolls. Even the most serious player can learn from experience and improve his/her game there. Take the following situation I encountered recently in a TEC freeroll. My opponent’s screen name was some seemingly random mix of alphanumeric characters very commonly found online. I should’ve paid more attention to this particular screen name for future reference, but I didn’t so, I don’t remember it.

Last hand, head to head, hand 25, both still have secret bets. Min bet 500, max bet 25,000, surrender allowed. I go first and I’m BR2.

è Me; bankroll 95,250 secret bet 19K; cards T,9

Alpha; bankroll 98,000 secret bet; cards 7,2; DD secret amount, card face down

Dealer; 2

I had profiled my opponent as aggressive. Note, I used the term "aggressive" not "reckless." His betting was big but I could tell it was measured and controlled. His endplay in the previous two eliminations was sound.

My secret bet of 19K was designed to accomplish two things...

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