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Old 07-04-06, 07:17 PM
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Ok, I have held several tournies at my place, and I am curious to see what you all do for blinds, and when to increase them.

We play 5 denominations, with a total of about $1200 in chips. I have been starting at 5 - 10, and then doubling (approximately) every 25 minutes.

Everytime, I always get someone bitching about how quickly the blinds go up, or how slowly the blinds go up. Also, I get a couple of players say they want the blinds to increase every 1 or 2 times around the table. Seems that everyone has their opinion, but what is the general consensus on when to raise the blinds on a 1200 dollar starting chip count?

Just curious to see what you all do.
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I know if you go to fulltiltpoker.com they have some charts about when to increase the blinds for a tourny and all of that stuff, I would check it out because its what we use at our home games
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I'd say 20-25 minute levels are good for a live game. Most online one-table tourneys run with 12 minute levels, so if you double them for a live game you're usually getting in the same amount of hands. You might also want to try The Tournament Director to help you run your games - it's a free download.
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Ok, I have held several tournies at my place, and I am curious to see what you all do for blinds, and when to increase them.

The live tourneys I've played generally increase blinds every 20 minutes, but they don't always double. Usually, they jump to 30/60 rather than 40/80. This also allows for chip exchanges into higher denominations each hour.

At the first hour break, the pit boss usually goes around to each player and exchanges their low denomination chips for 50 and 100 denomination. The same thing happens at the second hour break, but the denominations are 500/1000. This helps players continue making bets within the blinds and speeds play.

For instance, this is a typical progression:

10/20
20/40
30/60
50/100
100/200
200/400
300/600
500/1000
etc.

Hope this helps.
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We do every 30 minutes. We like to play long ass tourneys. Each one will average 3 hours. You can't play a good full feeling game unless you play for around that. Even with 6 or 7 people playing.
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Old 07-07-06, 10:52 AM
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Sounds like I am increasing them at the right times,,, but what do you all start with when it comes to starting stacks?
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Old 07-08-06, 12:36 AM
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That is the right time to increase the levels. With my live tournaments i use 5500 starting chips and the blinds increase 15 mins. Starting small and big blind is 25-50. Its pretty weird but that is what everyone voted. We have about 27 people playing.
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Starting stacks of 200bbs and increase every 20 minutes double throw in an ante 6th level.

2000 starting stacks

5/10
10/20
20/40
40/80
50/100
75/150
100/200/50
150/300/75
200/400/100
300/600/150
500/1000/250

Makes for a wild FT with the 1k bb and 250 antes, the antes are rather large but thats how we do it.

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Old 08-02-06, 07:17 PM
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We play every Tuesday, which is a work night for most, so we move through the blinds at 18-20 minutes at most. We start at 10-25 for some reason, but it works out fine. Then we bump up to:

25-50
50-100
100-200
200-400 and so on...
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There's a few articles at BBP that can help you setup your home games..

http://www.blindbetpoker.com/tournam...urnaments.html
http://www.blindbetpoker.com/news/home-game.html
http://www.blindbetpoker.com/news/bu...home-game.html
http://www.blindbetpoker.com/news/mi...ome-games.html
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