So one of the email requests I got a couple of weeks ago was to provide a better blind schedule. Basically, how to put together a game that is enjoyable for all participants, doesn't go too fast or too slow, and allows for actual poker play. What I'm providing below is a normal setup for two tables of 10. If you have one table, the easiest adjustment is to simply add 3000 chips and proceed. What you want to avoid is having the blinds get too big, too fast, for the number of chips you are starting with. This makes your game become an all-in bingo fest, and that is never fun.
I have one friend who has a game that starts with 40,000 chips. Sounds crazy? Well his game lasts about 3 hours. Seriously. He starts at blinds of 100/200, and every 15-20 minutes doubles them. So in two hours, 8 doubles, you're up to 40000/80000 blinds. IN TWO HOURS! It just isn't fun, so I rarely play it.
You also want to avoid blinds going up too slowly, since this makes for a nice Friday night game last until noon on Saturday.
Another factor to consider is that although I'm going to start the game here with 8000 chips each, the number of chips really don't matter if the blinds are adjusted accordingly. Since I start the blinds at 50/100, everyone is starting with 80 big blinds. If you start with 1000 chips, just make the blinds about 6/12 to start, and its the same thing.
Also, you need to determine how long you want the game to last. My goal is to give EVERYONE at least a couple of hours of play, and most people are still there during the 3rd hour. Then they start dropping. Two tables of 10 people, playing this schedule, should finish around midnight, or 5 hours of play. Meanwhile, when you table up for the final table of 10, somewhere around 9:30 or 10:00....the second table becomes a cash game.
That being said, here is the blind schedule we use (adjust any way that fits your needs) for an 8000 chip starting stack. I have the blinds at 20 minutes each. Note: The first two blinds can be extended to 30 minutes each, or the first hour. This adds just a little to the game, but gives everyone a better chance to gather a few chips early).
Small Break (Chip up the 50's, don't need them anymore)
Small Break (we shoot for every hour)
Break (Chip up the 100's, don't need them anymore)
Notice now we're 4 hours in, and the blinds are growing. You should be at the final table by now, so everyone should have chips. If not, they'll be gone soon.
Its about done. 5 Hours in. You can chip up the 500's here if you like, or you could have gone to 3000/6000 on the last break instead of 2500/5000, and chipped them up then. Also, at this point, people are discussing chopping the pot, etc. If its not over now, it will be very shortly. Plus, nobody wants a break, so you can chip up the 500's as they are playing. When the 4000/8000 runs its 20 minutes, just make it 5000/10000 and run it til its over.
Pretty simple, huh? This works for 8000 chips and 20-22 people. If you have one table, give everyone 10000 starting chips, and it runs pretty well too. Or, you can run 3 or 4 tables with this same schedule, but I'd recommend making the first two blinds 30 minutes each for sure in that case.
If you want a longer game, the easiest thing would be to just extend the blinds, instead of adding more chips. Remember, most Vegas games start out at 3000 chips. I've played in many that started with 1500.
As I stated yesterday, if you'd like my blind schedule that works on Tournament Director, please let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it. I can't send it over Fannation. I forgot to give you that email yesterday.