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How to host a no-limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament in your home

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There is a lot of information on this website and it may appear a bit daunting to you at first. I've tried to cover all the bases as far as running a home poker tournament is concerned but, when push comes to shoving it all-in, the following is all you really need to know. Here is all the basic information needed to run a no limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament ...

T1000 Blinds
1000 or 1500 Chips
20 min levels = 3-4 hours
30 min levels = 5-6 hours

Common Poker Chip Colors

You need at least three or four colors of poker chips. Try to use these 'standard' poker chip colors ...

White = 1
Blue = 2
Red = 5
Green = 25
Black = 100
Purple = 500
Yellow = 1000

1000 Chip Buyin

Start each player with 1,000 or 1,500 poker chips and use the blinds schedule shown to the right.

Option 1: (20 x 5) + (20 x 25) + (4 x 100) = 1000
Option 2: (20 x 5) + (16 x 25) + (5 x 100) = 1000 (recommended)
Option 3: (15 x 5) + (13 x 25) + (6 x 100) = 1000 (recommended)
Option 4: (10 x 5) + (10 x 25) + (7 x 100) = 1000
Add one 500 chip to make you tournament buyin equal to 1,500

Buyin $ Amount

As much money as your guests would feel comfortable losing in a night of poker ... $5, $25, $100 or $1000!

Rebuy $ Amount

The rebuy amount is usually the same number of chips and the same dollar amount as the buyin.

Rebuy Length

Limit rebuys to one, or allow unlimited rebuys during the first 3 or 4 levels, or during the first hour of play.


  1-10 players: 50/30/20 %
11-20 players: 50/25/15/10 %
21-30 players: 40/25/20/10/5 %

Poker rule book
Print the Poker Tournament Rule Book
with a Dealer Errors chart included
on the back cover
Blinds poster
poster to hang on the wall

If you are looking to play at an online casinos for real money then we suggest players do their research and find casinos that are safe and secure.

How to shuffle playing cards for poker

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Still have questions?
Check out the Poker Tournament Structures forum
or the Poker Tournament Blinds Schedules forum
or How To Shuffle

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