How to plan the poker tournament chip distribution

If you are holding a poker tournament at your home, there is a lot to think about: how many players to a table, blind levels, blind intervals, rebuys, antes, buy ins, chip distribution... Here we are going to have a look at poker tournament chip distribution for your home tournament.

There is no set way to distribute chips. It is really your call. You can arrange chips so you can get a game to run faster, or you can extend a game with how chips are started off. If you have a relatively low chip stack at the start and blinds rise rapidly, the game will go by faster than if you start with a big stack and blinds rise slowly. A rule of thumb is that you should have at least 50 big blinds in your stack at the start of the game.

Make sure that you have enough chips for rebuys and add ons. If you are playing with people who usually buy in often, you will obviously need more chips. If you don’t have a lot of chips, you can value one colour of chip high for rebuys. For example if a player buys in, they get two red chips valued at 1,000 each. Then players around the table take the red and give the player buying in smaller denominations for paying the blinds and antes.

Arrange your chip distribution around your blind levels. If you want blinds to start at 25-50, ensure that you have enough chips valued at 25 and 50. Remember the 25s will become useless further in the game when blinds rise above the 100 mark if there is no ante, so these can be traded in for higher value chips later in the game.

The most important consideration is that you have enough chips. A minimum of 500 chips for a table with 6 to 10 players is usually fine, but if there are only three colours in the box it will be harder to arrange chip values. Try to use a box with at least five colours.


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