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Friday, September 21, 2007

Winter Gathering Tourney

Here are some ideas I'm seeking input on. I'm working on a place that will let us set our own structure, or at least modify their standard structure. To that end, here's a question -

What is more important to the blogger tournament - more levels early, or more play late? Given that we are a large group in the winter, would we rather have an event like this -

Ante Blinds
1st Level - $25-$50
2nd Level - $50-$100
3rd Level - $100-$200
4th Level $25 $100-$200
5th Level $25 $200-$400
6th Level $50 $300-$600
7th Level $75 $400-$800
8th Level $100 $600-$1200
9th Level $200 $800-$1,600
10th Level $300 $1,000-$2,000
11th Level $500 $1,500-$3,000
12th Level $500 $2,000-$4,000
13th Level $1,000 $3,000-$6,000
14th Level $1,000 $4,000-$8,000
15th Level $2,000 $6,000-$12,000

Or one like this -

Ante Blinds
1st Level - $25-$50
2nd Level
3rd Level
4th Level - $100-$200
5th Level
$25 $100-$200
6th Level $25 $200-$400
7th Level $50 $300-$600
8th Level $75 $400-$800
9th Level $100 $600-$1200
9th Level $200 $800-$1,600
10th Level $300 $1,000-$2,000

12th Level $500 $2,000-$4,000
13th Level $1,000 $3,000-$6,000
14th Level $1,000 $4,000-$8,000
15th Level $2,000 $6,000-$12,000

Basically, the only difference is adding in the 75/150 level before the antes, and taking out the 1500/3000 level. I'm not sure what effect this would have on the overall time of the event, but I'm hoping it won't last more than 6-7 hours overall. But I feel like the social aspect of the tourney is the most important part to us, so the early levels are really important. Not to mention I suck, so I want as long a period of time to play as possible.

And how much should it cost? Is $150 too much? $100 + $50 rebuy? I'm trying to set it up as a freezeout, and we've had events that ranged in cost from $85 to $130, so I was shooting for the $100-$125 range. But let me know if I'm aiming too high for a bunch of people to play, and I'll work on something else. I am having trouble getting a private event for us that is less than $100, so that may be the cheapest I can manage.

Please post your comments or email me quick-like.


yestbay said...

This will be my first Vegas blogger tourney, so I would like the chance to play longer at the start. I vote for option B.

Buy-in? I can handle $100 (plus what for the juice, $30 or so?) but I probably would prefer to keep it no higher than that if possible. I'm not in it for a big prize pool, I'm in it for the camaraderie, and for the chance to drop the Hammer at least once without losing my shirt.

Thanks for the tip on the Harrah's deal. I may be a Total Rewards member, I think I have received e-mails from them saying so. I'll have to check. But if I have to check, I probably don't qualify for any of their specials.

See you in a few months!

Daddy said...

Fuck all these half-baggers.
1 level.
$1,000 buy-in.

Bring your tub of Crisco, and a walkie-talkie.

Fuel55 said...

More play early for me.

Any buy-in is fine with me and I like the idea of a single rebuy - this would put a lot more chips in play.

Fuel55 said...

Is their an attendance list yet?

Jim The Knife said...

NO REBUYS please...
1. It prolongs the tourney.
2. It's for those interested in larger prize pool.

Special K said...

More play early. It works better for the rock like me. I prefer not to have a rebuy and $100 is a good level.

Biggestron said...


1) Thanks for organizing. You will be canonized with St.April for doing this back-to-back.

2) I vote slower blinds in early levels and no rebuys. Rebuys create more action in early levels, but I think they are essentially a marketing trick to disguise the true cost of a tourney. It'd be better to force the action in the late stage of the tourney, a la WPT televised levels.

ckbluffer said...

I vote option B with with a re-buy. We can't all overcome the power of a hammer bad beat.

Then again, I will be a first time attendee, so do whatever you experts think is best.

StB said...

More play early. Guess the Orleans debacle has left a bad taste in my mouth. I would like to get more than one beer while sitting at the tournament table.

tcsparky said...

I don't particularly like rebuy tourneys.......puts the donkeys on bad behavior.

Astin said...

More levels early for sure. People tend to stick around to watch the tournament until the end (unless the asswipe room manager kicks them out), so tons of play at the end levels would be tedious for everyone who isn't still in.

We're all there for the social aspect. I'm fine with $100, but am torn on the rebuy. It extends the game, but also gives a second chance when the live RNG screws you over.