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Old May 24, 2005, 2:14pm   #1
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i use 5 colour chips valued at 1, 5 ,25 ,100, 500 of a home game
is this the normal way in tornerment poker?? how many chips of each is normally used?? and what should the total value be??

also does anyone know how the blinds are rasied (ie in world series)
how many levels and what values? when should the raising of blinds stop?
in my current home games we double the blinds when the button goes around twice.
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Old May 24, 2005, 4:50pm   #2
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Try this site. They have Blind structures that could be of help too you.

Good Luck!

http://www.homepokertourney.com/blinds.htm
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Old May 24, 2005, 6:48pm   #3
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i use 5 colour chips valued at 1, 5 ,25 ,100, 500 of a home game
is this the normal way in tornerment poker?? how many chips of each is normally used?? and what should the total value be??
The answer is; whatever you want. just make sure you have a workable chipset and ideally, though by no means necessary, to have it add up to a round number in value.

Many moons ago, when I sorted my chips for my home tourneys, i went for 200 green (T25), 250 black (T100) and 150 blue (T500), as well as 100 reds, to count as either T5 (as antes for stud) or T1000 (for unnecessarilly deep stacked all night heads up games)...we also introduced random tins of food as T5000 chips once because we were havng a wacky rebuy evening.

You will note that there's 100k in play with all the black and blue chips on the table, which lets us play with 100k on the table, having raced off all the small chips onces blinds are too big to make them useful.

I can't see a situation in which you'd need T1 and T500 chips in play, I'd say you can get rid of one of your colours and either work with chips of 5-500 or 1-100.

And most of your physical bits of clay want to be smaller denominations obviously,

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Old May 24, 2005, 6:54pm   #4
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when i play live, me and my friends do it like this - white 5, red 10, blue 25, green 100.

White - 10 ( 50 )
Red - 7 ( 70 )
Blue - 4 ( 100 )
Green - 2 ( 100 )

total is 320, i know its a low amount, but its worked so...why not. Sometimes we change it up with more players, but for 2 or 3 people its fine.
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Old May 24, 2005, 7:33pm   #5
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It's not optimal to have chips with just double the value of others.
You won't need the whites very much.
To go in 4 or 5 times step is better.
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It's not optimal to have chips with just double the value of others.
You won't need the whites very much.
To go in 4 or 5 times step is better.
hint: use casino denominations

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we did the whole wide range of colors and amounts once and it got to be a big pain in the dupa too many times.

now we do the two color thing. usually total about $2500

for instance. green is $25 and blue is $100 , or do $100 and $500 like on celebrity poker.

then go up in incraments

25/50

50/100

75/150

100/200

150/300

and so on.

and either do every ten hands raise them up or 15 minutes


either we do that or we introduce three colors and do total of $1500 in chips. i dont like to go lower than 1500. its not enough to work with.

with a full ten person table our tourny's last about two hours.

its a good time
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If you just want to be really lazy, buy chips with the denomination already stamped on. It also cuts down on the drunks asking "How much are these?"
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also does anyone know how the blinds are rasied (ie in world series)? how many levels and what values? when should the raising of blinds stop? in my current home games we double the blinds when the button goes around twice.
I use a programm called DD Tournament Poker, which does all that and more for me. You can set it up with your laptop or home pc and you will know when to raise the blinds, when still can or can't rebuy anymore, pay out structure and everything else. You also can play a tournament against 3000 bots (WSOP) if you want to
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I've been running tournaments at my house for over a year now and I've eventually come to a system that works pretty well.

I like playing a tournament where the chips can be equated easily to real money (like they do in the WSOP, for which a 25 tournament chip equals $25 in real money). For the tournaments I run we usually have a buy-in of $25, for which you get 2500 in chips and I use the following values and blind schedule:

white = 25 (4) = 100
red = 50 (4) = 200
green = 100 (7) = 700
blue = 500 (3) = 1500
total = (18) = 2500

We used to start with more whites and reds, but I found out they become pretty useless pretty fast other than for posting or completing blinds, so now I start with a bare minimum of these so they are easier to color up later on.

25-50
50-100
75-150
remove white chips
100-200
150-300
remove red chips
200-400
300-600
400-800
600-1200
etc.

If you move the decimal point of the chip values and blinds to the left two places, you get their actual monetary value. So for the first level when you're playing blinds of 25-50 in tournament chips, that actually equates to blinds of $0.25-$0.50. Late in the tournament, it's interesting to think you're actually posting $12 blinds (almost half a buy-in) instead of just seeing it as 1200 in tournament chips.

I personally hate doubling blinds because late in tournaments that can really turn things into a crapshoot quickly, whereas if you maintain a slower structure there is more room to play. As far as level time goes, you can make each level as long or short as you want, depending on how long you want the tournament to last.
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