Setting Up A Home Poker Tournament

There is a lot you have to think about when you’re about to host poker tournaments. Of course, you have to buy a poker set, but that’s not nearly enough. It takes a lot of planning if you want the poker night to run smoothly. These are some pointers provided by bandarq that you can use to host your poker tournament successfully. 

Buy-in size 

The size of the buy-in of course depends on how much you’re the players that are going to play in the tournament are willing to gamble with.

It is a good idea to have a lower buy-in if you are going to allow re-buys and add-ons. Starting stacks The amount of poker chips each participating player gets at the start of a tournament is normally 1,000 or 1,500.

These are the standard starting stacks in online poker tournaments, and it is naturally easier to run a tournament with conventional values that the participants are used to. This will make the betting patterns recognizable to the participating players and the game will run smoothly. Chips values It’s good to use chips of four different colors in a tournament. Each color will have its value assigned to it. $5, $25, $100, and $500 is a good structure. Of course, you can make them lower, to the amounts your guests may prefer to play Working out a blinds scheme It’s preferable to start off with low blinds. If the blinds are too high the game will be more about luck than skill.

At the start of a tournament, the big blind should be around1% of the starting stack size.

If you want a faster, more aggressive game the big blind can be 2-3% of the starting stack size. How long blinds periods you use naturally depend on how much time you have. The blind structure should not be altered during a poker tournament. Sometimes antes are used to speed up the game. Allowing re-buys and add-ons Players that come from away will not find it very enjoyable if they’re eliminated on a bad beat quickly and there is no chance to get back into the game. However, you have to consider that the possibility to buy more chips will affect the way the game is played.

Players normally take more risks when re-buys and add-ons are available and the game might get rather wild. Usually, the re-buy period lasts for an hour, and the typical re-buy is either the same as the buy-in or half that amount. You can have either one (or another specified amount) re-buy or unlimited re-buys during the re-buy period. An alternative to re-buys and add-ons is to arrange cash games for the eliminated players (if you have the space to do so). The pay-out structure Payout structures vary from conservative to top-heavy (in these cases a high percentage of the prize money goes to the winner). Many players prefer top-heavy payouts since that will give them a chance to win a big prize pot. If there are going to be many inexperienced players in the game, a flatter structure is better. This will give everyone a chance to win at least something.