Originally Posted by Rossta
Hello! I'm Ross, I'm 16 years old and I live in Kentucky. I've been playing poker since I was 11.
This upcoming saturday I'm hosting a "Holiday Poker" tournament with about 30-40 of my peers coming to my house. I've hosted games with about 20 people before, but nothing this large.
I was wondering what I should do as a host to make the game more enjoyable, figured you guys would have some tips or general rules. Sorry If this has been posted elsewhere.
Is this for a tourney or just several tables of cash games? I'm gonna assume it's a tourney, because I don't know anyone who hosts a cash game with more than one table.
Make sure the rules are posted somewhere, along with the blind structure, payout structure, chip values, and procedure for combining tables. Definitely have the chips grouped already either at the seats or in the bags as you mentioned. Make sure everyone pays before they get chips (or the way I did it was you pay me cash, you get a card. Then we did a random draw for seats and you went to the specified table with your card. That way you get your cash and turn in your card. But if you do that don't expect a full deck back, I ended with I think 48 cards in that deck, it's now my permanent seat drawing deck).
Make sure you have plenty of chips and plenty of cards (2 per table's always nice, few extra can't hurt).
And finally, just sit down, play, and have fun. I recently hosted my first MTT (had 27). I was completely paranoid before the tournament happened, I was afraid there would be arguments over the rules, we'd have trouble combining tables, or that something I hadn't anticipated would happen. Nothing happen and it ran really smoothly (well, besides the fact that I didn't money ). Good luck, both in setting it up and then the actual tournament. And also welcome to CC.