Tourney Friend wants a 3 table tournament, 400/300/200/75/25 set (1 Viewer)

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Hey party people. Friend's party is coming up and they want a 3 table tournament using their poker set. Fine, but breakdown is 400/300/200/75/25.

Messing around in Tournament Director trying to figure out the best breakdown/starting stacks for 28 people tops. Definitely not ideal but seems doable. Most players are not poker players, the thrill of playing in a tournament and knocking their friends out is more appealing than the tournament having optimal blinds/stacks.

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If T25, I was thinking 12/7/7/2. These players like stacks of chips so I wanted to give them the 12 tiny denominations hoping it means they'll play more. Not sure about rebuys or addons, I can steer them either way.


Thanks for any and all advice, I run cash and haven't put on a tournament for so many people. I'm comfortable moving tables and generally playing floor but was curious about how y'all would use the breakdown. All the threads I see are for up to 2 tables and don't have the weird denomination breakdown. Not sure how much this sucks, feel free to tear it up or help me use the search function properly.
 
Why not just T1?
T1/5/25/100/500? Fine with that, whats the difference? Dont know enough to prefer one or the other, just thought that the bigger numbers wouldnt get mistaken for cash or anything. Very few of these players know enough about poker to know the common color structure.
 
T1/5/25/100/500? Fine with that, whats the difference? Dont know enough to prefer one or the other, just thought that the bigger numbers wouldnt get mistaken for cash or anything. Very few of these players know enough about poker to know the common color structure.
T25 or T100 base is most common in casinos, so that is what we are use to. But T1 is fine. I’ve done it before and it works well.
 
With those colors and non-denoms I’d definitely do t1 with T400 start stacks

10x white T1
8x red T5
6x green T25
2x black T100
T25 or T100 base is most common in casinos, so that is what we are use to. But T1 is fine. I’ve done it before and it works well.
Okay thanks guys, this makes sense. T1 it is. I appreciate the expertise.


For a starting stack of 400, is it bad that the last chips can't be used for rebuys? Right now I've got Pinks set as T500.
 
Okay thanks guys, this makes sense. T1 it is. I appreciate the expertise.


For a starting stack of 400, is it bad that the last chips can't be used for rebuys? Right now I've got Pinks set as T500.
Oh are there going to be rebuys? You probably need to just do T300 stacks and only 1x T100 black per stack. You have enough chips for 33 start stacks so you can make first 5 rebuys a normal stack. After that just hand out 3 blacks and they can buy change from a big stack.

pink T500 shouldn’t be in play until much later on when you’re coloring up reds or greens
 
Oh are there going to be rebuys? You probably need to just do T300 stacks and only 1x T100 black per stack. You have enough chips for 33 start stacks so you can make first 5 rebuys a normal stack. After that just hand out 3 blacks and they can buy change from a big stack.

pink T500 shouldn’t be in play until much later on when you’re coloring up reds or greens
Thank you for your help, I appreciate this.
 

First with the set above you can easily do a T25-2000 to 5000 initial starting stack with rebuys x1/player for 30 people. New players will likely get bored before winning a 10k+ t25 freeze out.....rebuys keep people in the game after being coolered.
I suggest this breakdown for what you have
T25-300
T100-400
T500-75
T1000-200
T5000-25
A t25 5k starting stack of 8/13/3/2, you will be short 15xt500 so 15 stacks must be 8/13/3/2 and 15 stacks 8/8/2/3

*If you use a 3k starting stack you can do rebuysplus an optional addons
 
First with the set above you can easily do a T25-2000 to 5000 initial starting stack with rebuys x1/player for 30 people. New players will likely get bored before winning a 10k+ t25 freeze out.....rebuys keep people in the game after being coolered.
I suggest this breakdown for what you have
T25-300
T100-400
T500-75
T1000-200
T5000-25
A t25 5k starting stack of 8/13/3/2, you will be short 15xt500 so 15 stacks must be 8/13/3/2 and 15 stacks 8/8/2/3

*If you use a 3k starting stack you can do rebuysplus an optional addons
You are wise and powerful, thanks for this breakdown. I hadn't allowed myself past the functional fixedness of the color order LOL
 
With those five color/quantity combos for three tables with re-buys, your best options are either T1-base or T1000-base (either one avoids the inefficient 500-to-1000 jump). Deciding between them really boils down to how "big" you want the event to feel.

Using the following chip values:

300 Red = T1 (or T1000)
400 White = T5 (or T5000)
200 Green = T25 (or T25000)
75 Black = T100 (or T100k)
25 Pink = T500 (or T500k)

...which allows 30 starting stacks of 10/13/5/1. That is 29 chips = T300 (or T3000), equal to 150bb if starting with 1/2 blinds (or 1000/2000) or 75bb if starting with 2/4 blinds (or 2000/4000). The latter might actually be a better choice for the target group, especially if the entry/re-buy cost is low (or zero).

Extras allow for 18 x T300 (or T3000) re-buy stacks, if a maximum of 28 players:
- first two re-buys @ 10/13/5/1 (the two extra starting stacks)
- next one re-buy @ 0/10/9 (T5/T25 or T5k/T25k)
- next three re-buys @ 12 x T25 (or T25k)
- next twelve re-buys @ 3 x T100 (or T100k)

If you have more than 18 re-buys (highly unlikely), you will still have 11 extra pink T500 (T500k) chips which can each be cashed from the bank by the big stack(s) for T100s (or T100k) and sold as 3xT100 (or 3xT1000) re-buy stacks (allowing for up to 18 more re-buys, or a total of 36). I'd estimate between 6 and 10 total re-buys, but possibly more if it's a very low (or zero) cost to the players.

Use the following chips for color-ups:
- 3 x black T100 (or T100k) to replace the 300 red T1s (or T1000s)
- 4 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 400 white T5s (or T5000s) *
- 10 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 195 green T25s (or T25k)
*note: if there are extra black T100 (T100k) chips remaining due to a lower re-buy rate, use those first to color-up the white T5s (T5000s) before using the pink chips -- you will want as many black chips in play as possible for the latter stages of the tournament.

With max 28 players and max 36 re-buys (or 30 players and 34 re-buys), you will have exactly 5 green chips and 3 black chips left over and not being used (pretty efficient use of a 1000 chip set).

Let me know how long you want the event to last, and I can supply an appropriate blind structure with recommended blind level times and color-up breaks.
 
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With those five color/quantity combos for three tables with re-buys, your best options are either T1-base or T1000-base (either one avoids the inefficient 500-to-1000 jump). Deciding between them really boils down to how "big" you want the event to feel.

Using the following chip values:

300 Red = T1 (or T1000)
400 White = T5 (or T5000)
200 Green = T25 (or T25000)
75 Black = T100 (or T100k)
25 Pink = T500 (or T500k)

...which allows 30 starting stacks of 10/13/5/1. That is 29 chips = T300 (or T3000), equal to 150bb if starting with 1/2 blinds (or 1000/2000) or 75bb if starting with 2/4 blinds (or 2000/4000). The latter might actually be a better choice for the target group, especially if the entry/re-buy cost is low (or zero).

Extras allow for 18 x T300 (or T3000) re-buy stacks, if a maximum of 28 players:
- first two re-buys @ 10/13/5/1 (the two extra starting stacks)
- next one re-buy @ 0/10/9 (T5/T25 or T5k/T25k)
- next three re-buys @ 12 x T25 (or T25k)
- next twelve re-buys @ 3 x T100 (or T100k)

If you have more than 18 re-buys (highly unlikely), you will still have 11 extra pink T500 (T500k) chips which can each be cashed from the bank by the big stack(s) for T100s (or T100k) and sold as 3xT100 (or 3xT1000) re-buy stacks (allowing for up to 18 more re-buys, or a total of 36). I'd estimate between 6 and 10 total re-buys, but possibly more if it's a very low (or zero) cost to the players.

Use the following chips for color-ups:
- 3 x black T100 (or T100k) to replace the 300 red T1s (or T1000s)
- 4 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 400 white T5s (or T5000s) *
- 10 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 195 green T25s (or T25k)
*note: if there are extra black T100 (T100k) chips remaining due to a lower re-buy rate, use those first to color-up the white T5s (T5000s) before using the pink chips -- you will want as many black chips in play as possible for the latter stages of the tournament.

With max 28 players and max 36 re-buys (or 30 players and 34 re-buys), you will have exactly 5 green chips and 3 black chips left over and not being used (pretty efficient use of a 1000 chip set).

Let me know how long you want the event to last, and I can supply an appropriate blind structure with recommended blind level times and color-up breaks.
Incredibly helpful. With max 28 mooks it can be a bigger event, Id prefer 5-6 hours depending on play. Not end of the world if thats up or down.
 
With those five color/quantity combos for three tables with re-buys, your best options are either T1-base or T1000-base (either one avoids the inefficient 500-to-1000 jump). Deciding between them really boils down to how "big" you want the event to feel.

Using the following chip values:

300 Red = T1 (or T1000)
400 White = T5 (or T5000)
200 Green = T25 (or T25000)
75 Black = T100 (or T100k)
25 Pink = T500 (or T500k)

...which allows 30 starting stacks of 10/13/5/1. That is 29 chips = T300 (or T3000), equal to 150bb if starting with 1/2 blinds (or 1000/2000) or 75bb if starting with 2/4 blinds (or 2000/4000). The latter might actually be a better choice for the target group, especially if the entry/re-buy cost is low (or zero).

Extras allow for 18 x T300 (or T3000) re-buy stacks, if a maximum of 28 players:
- first two re-buys @ 10/13/5/1 (the two extra starting stacks)
- next one re-buy @ 0/10/9 (T5/T25 or T5k/T25k)
- next three re-buys @ 12 x T25 (or T25k)
- next twelve re-buys @ 3 x T100 (or T100k)

If you have more than 18 re-buys (highly unlikely), you will still have 11 extra pink T500 (T500k) chips which can each be cashed from the bank by the big stack(s) for T100s (or T100k) and sold as 3xT100 (or 3xT1000) re-buy stacks (allowing for up to 18 more re-buys, or a total of 36). I'd estimate between 6 and 10 total re-buys, but possibly more if it's a very low (or zero) cost to the players.

Use the following chips for color-ups:
- 3 x black T100 (or T100k) to replace the 300 red T1s (or T1000s)
- 4 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 400 white T5s (or T5000s) *
- 10 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 195 green T25s (or T25k)
*note: if there are extra black T100 (T100k) chips remaining due to a lower re-buy rate, use those first to color-up the white T5s (T5000s) before using the pink chips -- you will want as many black chips in play as possible for the latter stages of the tournament.

With max 28 players and max 36 re-buys (or 30 players and 34 re-buys), you will have exactly 5 green chips and 3 black chips left over and not being used (pretty efficient use of a 1000 chip set).

Let me know how long you want the event to last, and I can supply an appropriate blind structure with recommended blind level times and color-up breaks.
@BGinGA is a wizard!
 
I'm holding a similar size tourney shortly with 4 tables of 8 max. Lmk how yours goes, what worked well, or didn't. So far my plan is-
$10 Entry $8 into pot, $2 Bounty
Starting stacks 500
T1 x10
T5 x13
T25 x9
T100 x 2
On time bonus T25
Potluck Bonus for bringing food T100

One time rebuy per person $10 with another bounty. 4x T25 + 4x T100

L1-L7(1-2) through (8-16) 16 min increments
Chip up and 10 minute break
L8 (10-20) through L13 (40-80) 15 minute increments
End of rebuys chip up and 10 minute break
L14 (50-100) through L18 (200-400) 14 minute increments
Chip up and 10 minute break
L19 (300-600) through L26 (2.5k-5k) 10 minute increments.
My guess will be L20 for tournament end.
May not be ideal but that's my spin on first big tournament hosting plan.
 
With those five color/quantity combos for three tables with re-buys, your best options are either T1-base or T1000-base (either one avoids the inefficient 500-to-1000 jump). Deciding between them really boils down to how "big" you want the event to feel.

Using the following chip values:

300 Red = T1 (or T1000)
400 White = T5 (or T5000)
200 Green = T25 (or T25000)
75 Black = T100 (or T100k)
25 Pink = T500 (or T500k)

...which allows 30 starting stacks of 10/13/5/1. That is 29 chips = T300 (or T3000), equal to 150bb if starting with 1/2 blinds (or 1000/2000) or 75bb if starting with 2/4 blinds (or 2000/4000). The latter might actually be a better choice for the target group, especially if the entry/re-buy cost is low (or zero).

Extras allow for 18 x T300 (or T3000) re-buy stacks, if a maximum of 28 players:
- first two re-buys @ 10/13/5/1 (the two extra starting stacks)
- next one re-buy @ 0/10/9 (T5/T25 or T5k/T25k)
- next three re-buys @ 12 x T25 (or T25k)
- next twelve re-buys @ 3 x T100 (or T100k)

If you have more than 18 re-buys (highly unlikely), you will still have 11 extra pink T500 (T500k) chips which can each be cashed from the bank by the big stack(s) for T100s (or T100k) and sold as 3xT100 (or 3xT1000) re-buy stacks (allowing for up to 18 more re-buys, or a total of 36). I'd estimate between 6 and 10 total re-buys, but possibly more if it's a very low (or zero) cost to the players.

Use the following chips for color-ups:
- 3 x black T100 (or T100k) to replace the 300 red T1s (or T1000s)
- 4 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 400 white T5s (or T5000s) *
- 10 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 195 green T25s (or T25k)
*note: if there are extra black T100 (T100k) chips remaining due to a lower re-buy rate, use those first to color-up the white T5s (T5000s) before using the pink chips -- you will want as many black chips in play as possible for the latter stages of the tournament.

With max 28 players and max 36 re-buys (or 30 players and 34 re-buys), you will have exactly 5 green chips and 3 black chips left over and not being used (pretty efficient use of a 1000 chip set).

Let me know how long you want the event to last, and I can supply an appropriate blind structure with recommended blind level times and color-up breaks.
You're an excellent resources and I'm learning from you, thanks. I'm over in Athens and I appreciate the Georgia help, go Dawgs.


I'm weighing my options when it comes to rebuys. In a perfect world, this tournament lasts for ~5 hours. I'll be including bounties, and half the main prize pot + any rebuys goes to a charity. I've got 20 RELOAD chips and realistically may not exceed 20 players, but I don't know if I want to complicate things by doing the whole half-stack thing.

Not sure if I'll play or just walk around/direct because we've got mostly newbies but very enthusiastic newbies.
 
With those five color/quantity combos for three tables with re-buys, your best options are either T1-base or T1000-base (either one avoids the inefficient 500-to-1000 jump). Deciding between them really boils down to how "big" you want the event to feel.

Using the following chip values:

300 Red = T1 (or T1000)
400 White = T5 (or T5000)
200 Green = T25 (or T25000)
75 Black = T100 (or T100k)
25 Pink = T500 (or T500k)

...which allows 30 starting stacks of 10/13/5/1. That is 29 chips = T300 (or T3000), equal to 150bb if starting with 1/2 blinds (or 1000/2000) or 75bb if starting with 2/4 blinds (or 2000/4000). The latter might actually be a better choice for the target group, especially if the entry/re-buy cost is low (or zero).

Extras allow for 18 x T300 (or T3000) re-buy stacks, if a maximum of 28 players:
- first two re-buys @ 10/13/5/1 (the two extra starting stacks)
- next one re-buy @ 0/10/9 (T5/T25 or T5k/T25k)
- next three re-buys @ 12 x T25 (or T25k)
- next twelve re-buys @ 3 x T100 (or T100k)

If you have more than 18 re-buys (highly unlikely), you will still have 11 extra pink T500 (T500k) chips which can each be cashed from the bank by the big stack(s) for T100s (or T100k) and sold as 3xT100 (or 3xT1000) re-buy stacks (allowing for up to 18 more re-buys, or a total of 36). I'd estimate between 6 and 10 total re-buys, but possibly more if it's a very low (or zero) cost to the players.

Use the following chips for color-ups:
- 3 x black T100 (or T100k) to replace the 300 red T1s (or T1000s)
- 4 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 400 white T5s (or T5000s) *
- 10 x pink T500 (or T500k) to replace the 195 green T25s (or T25k)
*note: if there are extra black T100 (T100k) chips remaining due to a lower re-buy rate, use those first to color-up the white T5s (T5000s) before using the pink chips -- you will want as many black chips in play as possible for the latter stages of the tournament.

With max 28 players and max 36 re-buys (or 30 players and 34 re-buys), you will have exactly 5 green chips and 3 black chips left over and not being used (pretty efficient use of a 1000 chip set).

Let me know how long you want the event to last, and I can supply an appropriate blind structure with recommended blind level times and color-up breaks.
Bumping this old thread as I'm intrigued by this 1000 chip breakdown for a 3 table tourney--I like the efficiency and how it uses cash game denominations.

@BGinGA , would this blind structure regarding T300 stacks for a 16 player tourney also apply to the 30 player, T300 stacks situation?
(Would the EOT be between L17 and L18?)
16-player T300 tournament

starting stacks:

10 x T1
8 x T5
6 x T25
1 x T100
------------
25 chips = T300

chip set:
160 x T1
128 x T5
96 x T25
42 x T100 (includes 9 for T1/T5 color-ups and 18 for up to six re-buys)
------------
432 total chips

blind structure:

T300 stacks (150bb)
20-minute blind levels

lvl sb bb
L1 1 2
L2 1 3
L3 2 4
L4 3 6
end re-buy period
L5 4 8
L6 6 12
L7 8 16
remove T1 chips
L8 10 20
L9 15 30
L10 20 40
L11 30 60
L12 40 80
remove T5 chips
L13 50 100
L14 75 150
L15 100 200
L16 150 300 ***
L17 200 400
L18 300 600

With 16 players, tournament should end no later than L16 (about 5:20 plus breaks).
 
Bumping this old thread as I'm intrigued by this 1000 chip breakdown for a 3 table tourney--I like the efficiency and how it uses cash game denominations.

@BGinGA , would this blind structure regarding T300 stacks for a 16 player tourney also apply to the 30 player, T300 stacks situation?
(Would the EOT be between L17 and L18?)
Correct on both counts.
 

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