How To Run A Poker Tournament

Sick of going to the casinos and want to learn how to run a poker tournament? If yes, you have found the perfect article. Running your own poker tournament is quite easy as long as you are not planning a large tournament. If you plan on running a large poker tournament, you are going to need to hire people to watch over the games to make sure there is no cheating. You will also need to hire dealers to eliminate any opportunities of cheating. Before you get started, you are going to need some things.

Materials needed:

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Deck of cards
  • Chips
  1. The first step to running your own poker tournament is to figure out how many people you are going to have. As stated above, the more people you have in the tournament, the harder it is to manage. After you have figured out how many people you are going to have in the tournament, you are going to need to figure what kind of poker game you are going to play. Figure out how much you want the buy in to be.

  2. The second step to running your own poker tournament is figure out the prize structure. If you are going to have ten people in the tournament, there are are going to be three payouts. The winner gets 50 percent, second place is paid 30 percent of the leftover prize money and third gets twenty percent. If you plan on having eleven to twenty players: 1st = 46 percent; 2nd = 27 percent; 3rd = seventeen percent; 4th = ten percent. If you plan on having 21 to 30 players: 1st = 42 percent; 2nd = 25 percent; 3rd = fifteen percent; 4th = ten percent; 5th = eight percent. You can always adjust the prize money structure. This chart is just to give you a basic idea.

  3. The third step to running a poker tournament is to figure out how many chips you start out with. You can set the amounts to whatever you want. Just make sure to give each players enough starting chips so the game can last awhile.

  4. The fourth step to running a poker game is to figure out the tournament structure. Have as many levels as you want, just have the small and big blinds change throughout the levels. If you want the game to go quickly, have higher blinds if you don't have lower blinds. After you figure out how many levels you'll have and what the blinds are going to be, you are going to need to figure out when the breaks are going to be. Depending on how long the poker tournament is, you should have the breaks after three or four levels.

  5. The fifth and final step to running a poker game is moving players around during the game. You do not have to worry about this step if you only have one table. If you have more than one table, you just want to move people around after players get knocked out to keep the tables.

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