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How To Run A Home Poker Tournament

Apr 19, 2008
Poker tournaments are great. Especially when you only have a few hours to play. Cash games can go on forever and your profits or losses can be erratic since there's no limit to how much you can put on the table.

Tournaments by contrast have a more or less exact time frame and your losses are limited to your buy-ins and re-buys. In addition, you'll often find that a cash game breaks out on the side for people who bust out early. It's a great way to have a poker night without worrying that it'll go on into the wee hours of the morning.

But what do you need to run a tournament? What rules should you follow? Here's a quick guide to help you get started setting up a home poker tournament.

Supplies

If you don't already have one, you need to get a poker chip set now! Cash may be fine for cash games, but well run tournaments require players to chip up to keep things moving. A good poker chip set will also have a dealer button. This button will keep your game moving by eliminating the delays caused by the constant "who's deal is it?" question.

It is necessary to have 2 decks of cards. This will let the current dealer assign cards while the next dealer in will be shuffling. This ensures that the game will progress in a timely manner. Always position a blank card on the bottom of the deck to prevent your fellow gamers from seeing the bottom cards.

Next you should consider a good quality card table. This will help to prevent damage to your chips from hard surfaces. If you purchases clay ones you should try to look after your investment.

Last but not least you will need an egg timer so that you know when to raise the blinds. Now you have everything you need to enjoy the game.

The Rules

It is important to decide on payouts and blind levels before you begin. A different method is used with home games and will depend on the number of people playing. Tournaments on the other hand work in this way. The person in first place gets 50% second place will receive 30% and third runner up will receive 20%.

Blinds increase every fifteen minutes according to a predetermined table and we chip up when the small blind reaches 100 and then again when the small blind reaches 400.

So now you are ready to go! As you play more tournaments you will very likely find that you make more money and enjoy yourself more than in the regular cash games. Of course it is always nice to be able to tell your spouse exactly what time you will be back.
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Whether you are deciding to buy 1000 poker chips or simply searching for dice poker chips, following the advice of an experienced pro such as Thom Riemersma is critical. He highly endorses www.elitepokerchips.com for all your poker shopping needs.
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