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Hosting a home game is the perfect way to get started in poker but stack sizes, chip denominations and blind structures can be confusing for beginner poker players. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we give you our recipe for the perfect eight-person home poker tournament. We call for 5,000 starting stacks, four different chip denominations and 20-minute blind levels. If you follow the instructions you can expect this tournament to last roughly two hours, but you can tweak that by changing the stack sizes, or how long each blind level lasts. Just remember, simple is best, especially if you're playing with beginners!
Hosting a home game is the perfect way to get started in poker, but stack sizes, chip denominations and glide structures can be confusing when it is your first time. Just remember, simple is best. Especially if you are playing with beginners. Our home tournament recipe calls for eight players and it last for about two hours, but you can tweak that by adjusting the starting stack sizes or how long each blind level lasts. First, count out the chips. Use four different colors to represent different denominations. Most casinos and poker tournaments use green for 25's, black for 100's, blue for 500's and yellow for 1,000's. Write down the colors and the values on a piece of paper and keep it on the table, so your friends can look at it when they forget. Each player starts with 5,000 tournament chips. Make a stack for each player with eight greens, eight blacks, six blues and one yellow. Start the blinds at 25 and 50, double them every 20 minutes. Set the countdown timer on your cellphone at the beginning of the level and when the alarms goes off, finish the hand you're playing and then raise the blinds. Once the blinds reach 100 and 200, trade out the green chips for blacks. If you're playing for real money, make sure everyone's comfortable with the buy in and agree as a group how the money is going to be paid out. To find out who will start as the dealer, just deal each player one card face up. High card gets the dealer button. Now, just put in the small and big blinds and get ready to play some poker. Pokerlistings.com. Start your poker journey today.