Playing Texas Hold’em with your friends can be very fun. It can also be very sad, if you play with different things in mind, with different backgrounds and ambition level. But with some small tricks it will go like a charm. So her it is: 5 tricks for hosting a successful Texas Hold’em tournament for your friends.
1. Start with a small group
You do not need to be 32 people divided into 4 tables. No, start small with 4-8 players, all on the same table the first times.
2. Make the rules clear to all before start
And then I do not mean the rules for gameplay and different hands. No I mean the rules about how often blinds are being rised, the rules of limits in bets, the rules of if and when you can do a rebuy, how the prize money will be splitted, and these practical things. If all knows them before start it will be no problems during gameplay either.
3. Have a great game setup for a fast game. And use a beeper every 15 mins
Here is a good setup you can use for a fast game:
10 € buy in for all. That gives everyone 2500 $ in chips.
10 € Rebuy during first hour. That gives you a price sum between 70 and 140 € with 7 players.
Split price so that winner gets 80% and second 20%, rounded to the nearest 5 €.
Dealing the markers
Split the chips as you want, the smallest you need is a 10 value chip.
For example: White: 10. Blue: 20. Yellow: 50. Red: 100. Black: 500.
two black (1000),
six red (600),
ten yellow (500),
12 blue (240),
16 white (160),
which gives everyone a total of 2500.
Blinds rise every 15 min for a fast game.
Blinds at start: 10-10
Blinds at 15 min: 10-20
Blinds at 30 min: 20-50
Blinds at 45 min: 50-100
Blinds at 60 min: 100-200
Blinds at 1h 15 min: 200-400
Blinds at 1h 30 min: 400-800
Blinds at 1h 45 min: 800-1200
Blinds at 2 hours: 1000-2000
Blinds at 2 h 15 min: 2000-3000
Blinds at 2h 30 min: 3000-4000
As you see, after 1.5 h some people should already have been falling out due to high blinds.
4. Force an aggressive start of game by allowing 100% rebuy during first hour
In the beginning everyone is playing a little safe if they are not used to play that often. They do not want to risk to be the first to leave the table. Some beginners also might think your buy-in is a little high, while more experienced players or the ones wanting to spend think that your buy in is too low. Well, let me fix all this with tip nr 4: Allow players to buy in same amount of chips that they had in the beginning (2500) by paying the same sum once more if they want. That will make all the spenders and “experienced” players to be aggressive and go all in even during the first hour, because they know that they can be part of the game again by rebuying if they loose. The entusiasm goes to everyone, and you will have a great fast-moving game already from start. And there is still one great bonus with this system: If anyone is late to the game start, you can still start, and they can use their rebuy for getting into the game if they arrive before an hour.
5. Play for fun, not for the price sum
These rules and tricks listed here are not professional. They are only things we have learned from a several Texas HoldEm poker nights. At a real casino, the rules for the gameplay will probably be a little different, and also in online texas holdem poker. If you have new players, keep the price sum on a moderate level, and while time goes and events pass, you can increase the sum. But never play for money that you do not have. Be prepared to loose all you put in, and have everyone else in that mood as well, for no bitter endings. Play responsible and have a great time!
The most important one, trick number 3 one more time
The tip number 3, make up great rules for a successful gameplay needs an own infographic to understand. Here:
Infographic by pkrftw.com
Thanks for reading my post 5 tricks for hosting a successful Texas Hold’em tournament for your friends, feel free to comment if you have imprvements in the game setup that you want to share!