THREE WAYS TO USE SURRENDER
IN A TOURNAMENT
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 Ultimate Blackjack Tour airing on CBS & WGN Networks. You can subscribe to his free email newsletter athttp://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/.
Just a few years ago, playing a blackjack tournament that included the surrender rule was uncommon. The recently closed New Frontier in Las Vegas was home to one of the few events that allowed surrender. It featured a tournament format designed by longtime player Richard Rockwell of New Orleans and it was very popular with players. The event had a live money $300 buy-in and betting limits of $5 to $100 in $1 increments. And, it allowed late surrender.
Later, the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament also allowed surrender in its events, and more and more players began to see the extra strategy the element brings to the game. More recently, the availability of surrender has really started to pick up. All of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour elimination style events allow surrender, and I've played other recent events that allowed surrender in Oklahoma, Nevada, and on a cruise ship. I understand that some of the weekly tournaments in Washington State allow the rule as well.
With all these new venues to use surrender strategies, I figure it's time to take a closer look at some of the ways surrender can be used during a tournament round. While there are many, I'll focus on the main three ideas.
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