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Standardized rules TDA rules for tournaments or Robert's Rules of Poker for cash games. The fewer "house rules" you have, the easier it is. I used to use a number of "house rules" early on because it would be more fun. My favorite was a flip when racing off chips, with players getting one "hole" card per chip. Unfortunately, it was just confusing to everybody else. It wasn't standard, so I dropped it. Unless a custom house rule is necessary, don't use it.
How do you chip race now? That sounds like a standard chip race to me. 1 card per chip, highest takes the extra chip. If someone would go to 0 in a chip race, they also get an extra chip. In the case of a tie, toss an extra card to each (too hard to explain suit ranks to most people).
 

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How do you chip race now? That sounds like a standard chip race to me. 1 card per chip, highest takes the extra chip. If someone would go to 0 in a chip race, they also get an extra chip. In the case of a tie, toss an extra card to each (too hard to explain suit ranks to most people).
We do it high card (as you had noted) now.

Early on it wasn't high card, it was 1 card for each chip, then we dealt a flop/turn/river. And awarded a color-up chip to each of the highest hands. IMO, far more exciting because you had a little sweat, but not standard, so it was just wrong. It also created the possibility of a split pot. We also looked at awarding all the color-up chips to the single highest hand for even more excitement, but that was around the time that I realized people didn't want "better", they wanted something they understood.
 

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this may not work for you and everyone may shake their heads at me .... but i moved to a new city about 2 hours away from my home town and knew absolutely no one.

i set up an ad on kijiji or craigs list (USA) and invited strangers into my house.

after 1 year i grew a pretty good list of 10 players and word of mouth took over from there. i have never had one shi#y person and if the person didnt fit the group, he/she just didnt get a second invite. ( happened once ).

this is how i grew my list to 30+ names and #s. and 5 years of amazing nights with STRANGERS lol

not one chip stolen. not one fight. :) knock on wood.
I can't help but wonder if your strong results are a result of being "north of the border".

I've met countless great Canadians. I've never met one that I would not invite into my home - ever. Many Americans however, are unwilling to sacrifice personal freedom for common courtesy.

Last I checked, they aren't diametrically opposed concepts.
 

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@Poker Zombie I hope that it would be the same in the USA.... but i understand your POV it was a difficult choice to make for me as well, i cant stand most humans lol but the need to play out weighed the need for solitude :) and i think in the end it was good for me to crawl out of my little world of friends and meet new ones. win win
 

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We do it high card (as you had noted) now.

Early on it wasn't high card, it was 1 card for each chip, then we dealt a flop/turn/river. And awarded a color-up chip to each of the highest hands. IMO, far more exciting because you had a little sweat, but not standard, so it was just wrong. It also created the possibility of a split pot. We also looked at awarding all the color-up chips to the single highest hand for even more excitement, but that was around the time that I realized people didn't want "better", they wanted something they understood.
Ahh OK, I understand what you were doing. Most of my players are somewhat noob, so chip racing has been fun by itself! It's also a nice goal...to reach the chip-up stage, yay!
 

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Ahh OK, I understand what you were doing. Most of my players are somewhat noob, so chip racing has been fun by itself! It's also a nice goal...to reach the chip-up stage, yay!
The natural progression of a new poker player:

Level 1: That was fun! I had :jh::6h:, against :ah::ac: and I got him! I can't wait to come back! Soooooooooted! :love:

Level 2: Yea! I made it to break! Two face cards are important! I love this... I'm getting good!

Level 3: Woah! I made the final table! I folded 2 pair, That was a tough lay-down, but you also have to think about what your opponent has. Smart!

Level 4: Awwwww, so close, I bubbled! Is there a cash game?

Level 5: Made the money. Min-cash, make it RAAAAIIINNNN!!!!!
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Level 6: My first victory! I'm the king of the world! Maybe I should go pro...

Level 7: LAG in seat 4 raises, and I look down to :ah::ac:. Drooler Re-pops my 3-bet, Lag folds and I jam. Drooler turns up :jh::6h: and the board runs out :5h::8h::as: :2x: :7h:. F***'*n game sucks. See you next week.
 

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The natural progression of a new poker player:

Level 1: That was fun! I had :jh::6h:, against :ah::ac: and I got him! I can't wait to come back! Soooooooooted! :love:

Level 2: Yea! I made it to break! Two face cards are important! I love this... I'm getting good!

Level 3: Woah! I made the final table! I folded 2 pair, That was a tough lay-down, but you also have to think about what your opponent has. Smart!

Level 4: Awwwww, so close, I bubbled! Is there a cash game?

Level 5: Made the money. Min-cash, make it RAAAAIIINNNN!!!!!
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Level 6: My first victory! I'm the king of the world! Maybe I should go pro...

Level 7: LAG in seat 4 raises, and I look down to :ah::ac:. Drooler Re-pops my 3-bet, Lag folds and I jam. Drooler turns up :jh::6h: and the board runs out :5h::8h::as: :2x: :7h:. F***'*n game sucks. See you next week.
LOL and so the cycle begins again!
 

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One of the two incidents I've had in 20 yrs of hosting. The other incident wasn't as cool as this one.
I liked the second one more!! F@cking hilarious!

Note Pad I have found that it is pretty easy to forget things. In tournaments for example, you need to remember how many players remain in the tourney, and break down tables accordingly or move players as needed. Having an index card that you can jot down notes makes things a world easier, especially if someone gets KO'ed, and people start yelling "our table is short a player" - while you are tanking on a hand. When you hear "Knockout, Table 3" you can quickly see (without having to calculate) what table is moving someone or if the clock is getting paused to break down tables. You can then get back to your in-hand decision.
I like to use seating chips for this. In case anyone's interested:

If there are for e.g. 3 tables currently playing, I keep the non-claimed seating chips for tables 1-3 on a little table. When someone is eliminated they are well trained to give me their seating chip immediately. I place it on the table, if there is now a difference of >1 between any two tables then someone needs to move. I use the TDA rules to determine the mover and the new seat, and hand the moving player their new chip. Their old chips is placed on the little table.

Also, if for e.g. the tourney has 8 players per table and I have 8 (i.e., the table size) or more unclaimed seating chips for tables 1-3, then I need to break up table 3. Randomly giving the table 3 players the unclaimed seating chips for tables 1-2 is a lot faster and easier than drawing cards IMO. The seating chips for broken up tables are removed into their racks.

If you follow TDA rules that the final table should be +1, then in this example table 2 will be broken up when there are 7 unclaimed chips. (In general "table size - 1")

This procedure has saved me a lot of time and headache. :)
 
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