Tourney Blind schedule

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  1. Sep 11, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    Can someone suggest a blind schedule for an eight player tournament, lasting ~3 hours, using chip denoms 5, 25, 100, 500?

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    T2000 starting stacks:

    10 x T5
    10 x T25
    12 x T100
    1 x T500
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    33 chips = T2000


    T2000 structure (100bb, 15-minute levels)

    lvl sb bb
    L1 10 20
    L2 15 30
    L3 20 40
    L4 30 60
    L5 40 80
    remove T5 chips (use 4 x T100)
    L6 50 100
    L7 75 150
    L8 100 200
    L9 150 300
    remove T25 chip (use 4 x T500)
    L10 200 400
    L11 300 600
    L12 400 800 ***
    L13 600 1200
    L14 800 1600
    L15 1000 2000

    Tournament will rarely last longer than L12 (three hours plus breaks).
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Since it's only 8 players, maybe better to start with:

    10 x T5
    14 x T25
    16 x T100
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    40 chips = T2000

    That way, you don't have four colors in play at once. I hate having four colors in play at the same time.
     
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    Normally I would agree, but you're going to need more T500s in play in the second half of the event than mere color-ups will provide. Using nothing but T100 chips for bets/raises starting at L6+ will prove to be quite cumbersome.
     
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    Played this last night and it worked out well - the players liked it. Lasted way longer than expected, (~5hr) but perhaps we took it slow. Thanks again.
     
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    Holy crap. At what blind level did the tournament end? I only supplied levels totaling 3:45 worth of play time.
     
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    The blinds went up to 500-1000, but I suspect the person in charge of the blinds wasn't re-starting the timer immediately after it went off, but rather waiting for the current hand to end. Do you use a timer for each blind, or just go according to the clock?
     
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    There is no 500/1000 level in that structure. :confused: In any case, that should only be about 3.5 hours, including two 10-minute breaks.

    Regardless, the tournament clock never stops. Blinds always increase for the next hand after time expires for the current level, but the clock keeps running. I advise downloading a free blinds timer and use it on your phone or laptop.

    If future events also run long, you might try switching to the structure below - it is much more aggressive (average 59% blind increases vs only 40%), and combined with longer levels, should promote more action (and bust-outs).

    T2000 structure (100bb, 20-minute levels)

    lvl sb bb
    L1 10 20
    L2 15 30
    L3 25 50
    L4 40 80
    L5 60 120
    remove T5 chips
    L6 100 200
    L7 150 300
    L8 250 500
    remove T25 chips
    L9 400 800 ***
    L10 600 1200
    L11 1000 2000
    L12 1500 3000

    Tournament should rarely last past L9 (three hours plus breaks). There are only a total of 13 big blinds in play at L10.

    Also note that this structure doesn't have a 500/1000 level, either. :sneaky:
     
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    ack - I meant 600/1200 - it was a late night ;) . You're right that we need a proper timer .. I'll look for the app. Next time we'll try this more aggressive schedule, too.
     
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    I was really just messing with you. I know, even though I hate it, it is sometimes necessary to have four colors in play. However, the one thing worse than having four colors in play is only having one of the high denomination chip. I REALLY hate that.

    Perhaps start with T2,500 and the slightly more aggressive blind structure? Just a thought. I know your proposal above works well.