casinos post their limits clearly at the Online Blackjack
Games tables with a sign that usually reads $1-$S00
or $S-$500. Betting limits vary from casino to casino.
Within a casino it may vary from table to table. When
no betting limit is shown on the table, the minimum
game allowed may be $1 or $2.
Most players are comfortable playing at certain limits.
Casino executives recognize this and know that a beginner
betting $2 a hand will disrupt and slow down a game
in which experienced players are wagering $100 to
$1,000 a card. Therefore, they set various betting
limits and restrict play at tables according to the
minimum limits imposed.
The following are the minimum limits at twenty-one
tables: $1, $2,$5, $10 (rarely), $25, and $100. The
highest maximum bets are usually either $500 or $1,000.
Sometimes a table will be given over to a player at
limits higher than those mentioned. I watched a high
roller at the Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas have a table
to himself and bet with their gray $500 chips up to
$5,000 a hand. It was a terrible mismatch, since the
player didn't know what he was doing.
When a player wagers on two hands at one time, he
must usually bet double the minimum table limit on
each hand. Thus, if he's at a $S table, he must bet
$10 on each of his hands. This rule is sometimes in
effect, sometimes not. In any event, it's an arbitrary
rule that makes no sense, but is generally enforced.
Why one player must bet double what two players would
bet separately is a mystery to me.
If you are in the middle of the pack, your goal is
not to win the tournament, at least not vet. Your
goal is to finish in the money. That means you should
tighten up and protect your chips while other players
get eliminated. Shorter stacked players will have
to make desperate plays to stay alive. Let them, and
if you can, let other players go after them.
If a player goes all-in against another opponent,
don't go all-in yourself unless you have a monster
hand. Your highest expected value comes from folding
and giving the all in player a chance to lose all
This phase of the tournament can last for quite a
while as everyone plays tight. Try not to let your
stack get cut down by the blinds enough to put you
into the more desperate situation described below.
If it looks like that's where you're headed, you are
better off actively trying to go after shorter stacks-even
if the money threshold is close while you have enough
chips to bet with authority. The fact that other middle-stacked
players tend to tighten up now gives you opportunities
to steal more than your share of small pots against
them by bluffing.