Home Poker Tournaments 101

A Basic Guide to Home Poker Tournaments

Are you planning to host a no-limit poker tournament game in your home that is way different than the normal online gambling games such as 918kiss? Whether it’s Texas Hold’em poker or any other type of poker game, your friends and family would surely get excited for this mini gathering. With a maximum of 6 people, you can play an exciting poker game of whatever variety.

However, before inviting everyone in, you need to do some preparations. A Texas Hold’em poker game’s (no limit) usual setup is one play and a table.

1. Gather all the necessary supplies. 

Prepare all of these materials before the players arrive:

  1. Poker Chips
  2. 2 Card Decks
  3. A Poker Timer or Any Alternative
  4. A Dealer Button
  5. A Poker Table or Any Alternative That Can Seat Up to 10 People

2. Finalize Money Details.

How much is the entry free, and buy-in of your home poker tournament? What will be the exciting prizes? If you, and most of the people invited are beginners, it’s best to have a buy-in of $20 or $10 for every player. If you do this, your tournament winner can get a good cash amount.

Furthermore, it is highly recommended to allow re-buys in the game’s first hour. Through this, if a player gets out early on in the game, they can buy their way back in. You wouldn’t want any of your visitors to be left out.

3. Build your prize pool.

When you are in a 10-player game of poker, the top 3 individuals usually place “in the money. They actually win a fraction of the cash.

A “winner takes all” poker match can also be exciting, since it will be more enjoyable for all the players to play the top 3. This is information regarding the usual break down might help you: you can give the 60% of the prize’s total to the first place winner. 30% will go to the second place, and then 10% to third. You can adjust according to your own percentages, amounts and goals.

Make sure to announce your poker game’s rules so your participants can ready resources, and aware what they will be playing for.

4. Prepare the betting structure and poker chip denominations.

A game of poker starts with each player having the exact same number of chips. The game goes on and on, until only a single person owns all of these. To ensure that the tournament won’t go on for a many, many hours, it is played in different levels. After quite some time, the blinds go up (meaning the poker price goes up). A player can also begin to add in antes after a while.

The 2 Factors Contributing to a Tournament’s Length:

  1. How Long the Levels Are
  2. The Amount of Chips Every Player Begins

The good thing about having a short poker tournament is that a player can choose to play 2 in a single poker night. This will be great for beginners. A lengthier poker tournament, on the other hand, is a favorite of most experienced players since it requires more strategy.

Then, assign values for your poker chips. Just make sure the poker chips’ values are all clear for everyone, and that there is an adequate amount for every value to circulate around as the games go on.

Take note: you will need more low-value chips.

Here is the Usual Poker Chip Values

  1. Black – 1,000
  2. Red – 500
  3. Blue – 5000
  4. Green – 25
  5. White – 100

9 whites, 4 greens and 2 reds – Ideal Poker Chip Distribution (2,000-Chip Poker Tournament)

2 Blacks, 8 Greens, 1 Blue, 8 Whites and 6 Reds –  – Ideal Poker Chip Distribution (10,000-Chip Tournament)

5. Time to start the poker games!

Once all of your participants have arrived, and the all the poker chips are distributed, then you it’s time for you to choose the person who will deal with the dealer button.

This can be done in 2 ways:

  • You can spread out one deck of cards, and let every player pick one
  • The host will deal out one card every player; the one who will get the card will control the dealer button

In every case, the owner of the highest card succeeds.

What if 2 players get the same exact cards? Then, let the suits decide.

The Suites: From Highest to Lowest

  1. Spades
  2. Hearts
  3. Diamonds
  4. Clubs

Now, you can start dealing cards!