Hello! Just came across this forum recently and decided to join in!!! Played in my first ever BJ tournament in 2015 at the Paris, and had a great time! Have played in a couple more at Harrah's since then, but couldn't get past the second round on any of them. In 2017, the Horseshoe Hammond in Indiana held a weekly BJ tournament for a couple of months in the summer, and I was able to play in 6 of them, but never made it past the first table. I also played in a tournament at Harrah's Joliet in Illinois a few years ago, with the same results. Despite studying both Ken Einiger and Standford Wong's tournament strategy books, either the cards were terrible to make any strategies null and void, or I would be at a table with a couple of newbies that were just giving it a try because it was free, and they would somehow get really lucky and take the table!!!! After re-assessing all of the tournaments I had played in, I found two mistakes that I was making rather regularly: 1. Paying more attention to the cards and not the chips 2. Allowing that one person sitting next to me that just can't seem to shut up get to me and allow me to lose my focus. With that in mind, I went into my latest tournament at the Cromwell in December, 2018, determined to focus on the chips and NOT the cards, and not allow any "talkers" to distract me. The results? Out of 633 players, I made it to the semi-final round (the top 24)!!! Unfortunately, a "lucky" dealt blackjack to the chip leader who had went all-in on the last hand wiped the whole table out! However, I did walk away with $750 in casino play, which I was able to almost double! So, after 10 tournaments with nothing, I finally walked away with something!!!! I had planned on attending the BJ tournament at the Paris in March, but the ridicuous airfares during that time are making me change my mind. Maybe there will be some more later this year!