THERE’S ALWAYS A WORSE BET
By Kenneth R Smith
Ken Smith is considered by his peers to be one of the best tournament blackjack players. He is the author of the new e-book. How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Supercharge Your Game. Ken hosts the popular websitewww.BlackjackInfo.com as well as the online tournament community at www.BlackjackTournaments.com. He has appeared on TV in all four seasons of GSN's World Series of Blackjack, 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 at http://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/.
My oft-stated maxim, "There's always a better bet," might bear explaining to some readers. Tournament blackjack is complicated. After finishing a tournament table, it is almost always possible to think of a better bet that you could have made if you had unlimited time to consider all the possibilities. At the table, it's unlikely that you will be able to look at all the possible outcomes to choose the true single best bet for a situation. Instead, you should hope to make a very good bet, and be happy with that.
This idea, of course, leads to an obvious corollary, that there is also always a worse bet. No matter how bad a betting decision you make, you can probably think of a worse one. Of course, we are normally not at all interested in that angle. But today, just for fun, let's see what happens when we turn the Tournament Zone upside down, and explore the world of "worse bets."
Jack and Jill are participating in an invitational event with a very unique structure. On each hand, one member of the team is responsible for placing the bet, while the other team member must make all the playing decisions. After each hand, the roles switch. All is going well for our nursery rhyme pair, who have positioned themselves in the lead going into the final two hands.
But now, between hands, one of the other competitors whispers to Jill...
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