I wanted to see if you guys/gals had any recommendations, I am planning to have about 6-8 guys over for some NLH mini-tournaments. I want them to last about 1.5 hrs so we can get about 3 games in. These guys don't like to sit around and wait forever between games. Here are my thoughts so far, I was going to start with 2500 starting chips, 15 min. blinds. While a hand is going, one deck will be shuffled, making shuffling faster, using 2 decks. When one hand is done, the next one is dealt, thus allowing more hands per hour.
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:55 am Posts: 493 Location: Orlando, FL
There used to be some kind of tourney clock where you could enter the number of chips, number of players, and the time desired and it would come up with a blind structure that would finish your tourney within 15 mins of your desired length. Someone may do this online somewhere.
You could always have a cash game going, but for that you will need a second set of chips, cards and table. You don't want the tourney and cash chips mixed up.
One of my buddies did this, it was an eight person tourney. When you got knocked out you played in a heads up tourney, then after that we played cash. So 8th place played 7th place in the HU tourney and the winner played 6th place. It was kind of cool.
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:16 am Posts: 486 Location: Winthrop Harbor, IL
Keep in mind a standard raise even in the first level will be almost 10% of your stack. Seems like this will be a shove-fest rather quickly. But if you want a few games that night I imagine you'll get your wish. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:23 am Posts: 2582 Location: Des Moines IA
I understand you want to end the tourney quickly , but that structure looks a little fast. With t2500 and 8 players, that's t20,000 total in play. At level 6 that's 20BB total, or 6.7BB with three left or 10BB heads-up. Unless your friends don't understand tournament strategy and are doing too much limping late I think it'll be over before then. I agree with the others- antes are unnecessary. I have just one suggestion- add a 75/150 level after 50/100.
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Looking at your recommendations, I was going to tweak my blind structure, I will not use antes. 25/50 50/100 75/150' 100/200 200/400 300/600 500/1k 1k/2k 2k/4k 2500/5k
Do you think this would lend for about a 1.5 hr game for 7-8 players? I don't want it to be a total all-in fest. The guys playing are not the best players and I just want it to be enjoyable or all. The buy ins won't be huge.