- Oct 29, 2014
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We had one tournament that allowed add-ons. However, it was a less-than-impressive tournament. Starting stacks had to start out shorter than normal, otherwise the add-on would either push the tournament way to late into the night, or it would be such a small amount that the add-on would be for too few big blinds.Any balking at the jump to $30?
Have you tried a pre-buy? Also, do you have an add-on option? For some reason it feels like a re-buy should be accompanied by an add-on, but once you have that add-on people start thinking of that as part of the buy-in, and maybe that'd drive some people off? Or is just a single, straight re-buy option maybe the best way to go? How long is your tournament, and when does the re-buy option cut off? What if you aren't completely busted...can you surrender chips for the re-buy?
Our tournaments usually last 4.5 - 4.75 hours (including breaks). The rebuy period ends after the 2nd hour, and players may take the rebuy option on the break. You do not need to be felted, but must surrender the chips you still had in play. Implementing this option ended the "2 minutes left, I must jam with any two cards" syndrome. There are still some that will pick spots to double up or rebuy when short-stacked, but now you have the option to pick a spot with a short stack, instead of, what is essentially a chip dump. I believe it is better to keep chips out of my opponents hand than to shove after a 3-bet when you are holding a or similar. Your strategy may vary.
Our rebuys give the player 10% more chips than the initial starting stack, to encourage a rebuy when a player is short. Although we use different blind structures based on different chip sets, a player refreshing their stack on break would usually have about 18 Big Blinds when play restarts.