Free web application to design and manage your poker tournaments
Before creating a blind structure for your poker tournament, you will have to decide on the starting stack. The starting stack is the total value of the chips each player starts the tournament with. The starting stack and the number of players will determine the total number of chips in play for the tournament. After this value is determined you will decide how long you want the tournament to last. With the planned duration and the total number of chips in play you can create a blind structure to ensure that your tournament will finish on time. But first you need to determine the starting stack for your tournament.
Poker tournaments have blinds that increase over time in order to force action and bring the tournament to an end. As a tournament is not over until one player has all the chips, the mounting blinds are a necessity or the tournament could go on forever. The question is, how high they have to get to end the tournament? Figuring this out is the first step towards building a good tournament blind structure.
I will walk you through the logic I use for determining this end point:
Step 1: Determine total chips in play
Total blind structures created to date: