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Author Topic: My home game poker structure.  (Read 1167 times)
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« on: Oct 31, 2016 at 17:26 »

I feel like the best way to set up a blind structure is to start at the end and work backwards. My general rule is that, at the latest, the last blind level will have a big blind that is ~equal to 10% of the average stack heads up. So I make a rough estimate of how many chips total there will be once all rebuys and add-ons are completed, and simply divide that number by 20. It always has good timing and I get a lot of compliments.

I like deep stack for the most part, but I don't want games to be too long. I like to have everyone be able to play for most of the game so that they have a good time, but people still need to lose so there will be a winner. So in my game, almost all the players (ranges from 10-20 people) get to play for most of the game for a solid 2.5-3 hours, and then the final table usually is fast (1-1.5 hours) because the blinds are faster at that point. Another challenge is to maximize rebuys (bigger prizepool), so you need the blinds to be fairly big while rebuys are still available, but not too big. This is my structure:

15,000 chips starting stack, unlimited rebuys for same stack. 1 optional add-on per person (10,000 chips)

25 minute blinds


Break, chip up


Rebuy period ends
Break, chip up, add-on

15 minute blinds


4 hours of play at this point, about a 5 hour game with breaks + combining tables. Rarely 1-2 more blinds, if necessary.

My last game started with 11 people, 6 rebuys, 3 add-ons, for 285,000 total chips, and ended shortly after the 10000-20000 blind level starts.
« Last Edit: Oct 31, 2016 at 17:29 by pjswmkj » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 02, 2016 at 08:29 »

looks like a good schedule.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20, 2016 at 16:06 »

i dont like the fact the first several levels the blinds double every time
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2016 at 12:56 »

Given a fixed amount of time, longer levels leads to bigger jumps.

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Concentrate on winning your tournament...let Dr. Neau manage it.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 25, 2017 at 07:43 »


How many people usually add-on? If they get 10K chips before the 1000-2000 level, then that's 5 big blinds. I'm not sure I'd add-on in that situation.

If you get the amount of add-ons you want then don't change anything and you can stop reading now. Smiley

If not, then I suggest increasing the add-on stack. I prefer having a rebuy stack of 1.5 starting stacks.
Even if you were to change to 20K or 25K it would still only be 10 or 12.5 BBs, so perhaps end rebuys one or two rounds earlier? A drawback of shorter rebuy period is if course that a few less players will rebuy and also the poker night will be shorter for a few. A drawback for larger rebuy stacks is that if you want to meet your deadline you'll have to speed up the structure, since more people will be adding on and getting more chips for it.

My 5 cents Smiley
« Last Edit: Mar 25, 2017 at 19:51 by tore » Logged

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