I'm preparing for my next home game. It looks like we are going to be 12 players of which 3 0r 4 are pretty inexperienced. I can run my standard set up, but am considering a few changes and have a few questions on which I'd like to hear your thoughts.
1. With 12 we need to start with two tables of 6. This seems ok, people will be able to play a lot of hands and playing out of position will be less severe than at a 9 man table. I'm leaning toward combining players at the final table when we get down to eight. This seems the best balance between all the various factors.
QUESTION: Should I move to one table when we get down to 9 players, wait until we are down to 6 or something in between?
2. Payout With 12 players we can either go top 3 ITM or to 4 ITM (40%, 30%, 20%, 10%). I'm leaning toward top 4 since it seems a bit more friendly and social.
QUESTION: Top 4 or top 3 ITM?
3. Starting stack (length of tourney). We can start with our standard 1500 chips or we can double the starting stack to 3000K. This will make it a deep stack tourney. There will probably be slightly fewer rebuys and the tourney will last about an hour longer. I have enough chips to comfortably do this if we want. I don't really have a preferance on this point yet.
QUESTION: 3000 chip or 1500 chip starting stack?
4. MrSmith, do you have a folding table readily available that we can use as the second table, or should I borrow one from my neighbor. This isn't a problem either way.
In case you are curious, I'll be the table in charge of one table and MrSmith will be the boss at the other. I've already got all the ingredients for the chili too. This is looking to be a fun evening!