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Have a home cash game of Texas Holdem with 10 people. Last game we played $2000 stacks of T-5 x 15, T-10 x 10, T-25 x 15, T-50 x 5, T-100 x 7, T-500 x 1. $5/$10bb to start, blinds doubled everytime the dealer button made one full revolution around the table. The game took nearly 6 hours to complete. I'd love thoughts on streamlining this down to 3 to 4 hours. We are all casual players and dont play a lot of side pots or bounty chips or anything like that. We also don't do rebuys- once you're out you're out. Just a basic, $20 buy in, winner take all game with friends. Any ideas on a particular chip stack or blind structure that would work well for this? Thanks in advance.
 

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Well to be similar, I would suggest something like this for T2000.

10*T5, 10*T25, 7*T100, 2*T500

The 10 and 50 chips are just extra denominations that are not super helpful and only serve to make it take longer to count stacks.

For structure I would suggest this.
5-10, 5-15, 10-20, 15-30, 20-40, 30-60 (remove T5)
50-100, 75-150, 100-200, 150-300 (remove T25)
200-400, 300-600, 400-800, 600-1200 (expected end of tournament)

So 14 levels. I suggest at least 18 minutes per level, which puts you at 4:08 plus breaks.

We tend to estimate the end of the tournament to be the level where the total chips in play represent 20 BB.

If you cut the start stack to T1500, the tournament would end in the 400-800 level, one sooner.

I would be curious to find out how this compares to what you were doing. But this is how I would approach hosting this tournament.
 

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Have a home cash game of Texas Holdem with 10 people. Last game we played $2000 stacks of T-5 x 15, T-10 x 10, T-25 x 15, T-50 x 5, T-100 x 7, T-500 x 1. $5/$10bb to start, blinds doubled everytime the dealer button made one full revolution around the table. The game took nearly 6 hours to complete. I'd love thoughts on streamlining this down to 3 to 4 hours. We are all casual players and dont play a lot of side pots or bounty chips or anything like that. We also don't do rebuys- once you're out you're out. Just a basic, $20 buy in, winner take all game with friends. Any ideas on a particular chip stack or blind structure that would work well for this? Thanks in advance.

Also this is a tournament game you describe, not a cash game.
 

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So now that I have read closer, you weren't timing levels, I would guess you were losing time counting stacks by simply having too many denominations in play.

I think timing levels puts a little more urgency in play, though you should pick an interval that generally allows the button to go around once per level.
 

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Have a home cash game of Texas Holdem with 10 people. Last game we played $2000 stacks of T-5 x 15, T-10 x 10, T-25 x 15, T-50 x 5, T-100 x 7, T-500 x 1. $5/$10bb to start, blinds doubled everytime the dealer button made one full revolution around the table. The game took nearly 6 hours to complete. I'd love thoughts on streamlining this down to 3 to 4 hours. We are all casual players and dont play a lot of side pots or bounty chips or anything like that. We also don't do rebuys- once you're out you're out. Just a basic, $20 buy in, winner take all game with friends. Any ideas on a particular chip stack or blind structure that would work well for this? Thanks in advance.
All great stuff above.

If you're looking to keep your same format (chip structure, blinds doubling with every orbit), you might try playing with two decks. One deck is being gathered and shuffled while the second deck is being dealt. That should help speed up the orbits so your blinds progress quicker.
 

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Yeah it sounds like you guys are taking like 5 min per hand. Speed it up. And get a blind clock
 

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This is my schedule and we always died between three and four hours. Half the field dies by the end of round 8. Break 1 is not needed, but nice. Break 2 color up 5's. Break 3 you can color up 25's but by then you will be heads up so it might not be worth it.

Starting stacks
10 x T5
10 x T25
7 x T100
2 x T500
 

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This is my structure for our 3 table tournament. We usually have 21-24 players. $50 buy in. Either $1,500 or $2,000 starting stack. We start around 7:30 pm and end between 12:00 and 1:00am. As pictured above, I use the Tournament Director software, it's a huge help to keep the blinds moving and to move players to balance tables as people get knocked out. 6 hours for a 10 man event is super long, it should be half of that.

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My Paulson Classics set has a $10 chip so this is our starting count for $1,500:
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For my Rounders Set (no $10 chip) this is our starting count for $2,000
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Hope this helps a little!
 

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Texas Holdem with 10 people.
streamlining this down to 3 to 4 hours.
Any ideas on a particular chip stack or blind structure that would work well for this?

T2000 starting stacks:
10 x T5
10 x T25
12 x T100
1 x T500

Blind structure:
Levels 1-5 = 20 minutes
Levels 6-end = 15 minutes
lvl sb bb
L1 10 20
L2 15 30
L3 20 40
L4 30 60
L5 40 80
replace T5 chips (1 x T500 chip)
L6 50 100
L7 75 150
L8 100 200
L9 150 300
remove T25 chips (5 x T500 chips)
L10 200 400
L11 300 600
L12 400 800
L13 600 1200
L14 800 1600

Tournament will typically end by L12 or L13, so around 3.5 hours or less on average (plus breaks).

Required chips for 10 players:
100 x T5
100 x T25
120 x T100
16 x T500
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336 chips
 

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I believe that whenever starting a tournament your small blind should be two of your smallest denomination. Therefore with a 2,000T stack and the smallest chip a 5T, your starting blind should be 10/20. That way when you move the blinds up you never have to fully double them. I would use this structure:

10/20
15/30
20/40

Then introduce antes

20/40/5
25/50/5
30/60/10
40/80/10
50/100/15

I would always keep the same structure, but depending on how long you want the tournament, I would switch the blind level time. 15 minutes is usually the shortest I would go.
 

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Does anyone have a good recommendation for an app on the iPad for clock? I ideally would like to tell it how long i want the game to go then it tell me the best starting stack along with the time for blind levels and such. last clock i used we had a starting stack of 5k but then the clock got us putting in 2/4k blinds pretty quick. Looking for Keep It Simple Stupid method here that we can rinse wash and repeat when we are drinking and not paying so much attention. I like to have two 10 man table games each night we play.
 

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Does anyone have a good recommendation for an app on the iPad for clock? I ideally would like to tell it how long i want the game to go then it tell me the best starting stack along with the time for blind levels and such. last clock i used we had a starting stack of 5k but then the clock got us putting in 2/4k blinds pretty quick. Looking for Keep It Simple Stupid method here that we can rinse wash and repeat when we are drinking and not paying so much attention. I like to have two 10 man table games each night we play.
I know this is an old thread, it came up in recommended, but since no one answered you, I’d recommend “blinds up” for iPad.
 

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I know this is an old thread, it came up in recommended, but since no one answered you, I’d recommend “blinds up” for iPad.
thanks for the reply i will give that a look. I have been told blind valet as well. I will look into both those and see which one works best. hope to have a game this weekend.
 

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I use "Texas Holdem Poker Timer - Pro" (icon is an orange square with spade inside a stopwatch in the apple app store). I like it alot, easy to use and config. Good luck.
 

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The tournament will end at the level in which blinds and antes make 10% of total chips in play.
so you can basicly just use that as a guideline when you design your structure

have fun
 
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