re: Poker & Live MTT Blinds Levels vs Online MTT Blind Levels
As a live dealer, if all the players are on the ball I can comfortably get through 20-30 hands per hour.
It really is the players that are the big variable in this though. I'll comfortably and consistently shuffle the deck and deal hole cards to a full table in 20 seconds or less.
What eats up the time and really affects the number of hands you'll be dealt is if players need to be prompted all the time to put their blinds out, if they take a really long time to make their decisions, if they need to keep being reminded of the rules or being pulled up for string betting or acting out of turn, if they insist on doing stupid things like making all their bets in small denomination chips when they don't have to... the list goes on.
In a casino MTT, with professional dealers and where most players know enough not to cause the kinds of problems discussed above, I think it's fair to expect around 25-30 hands per hour. Levels of around 30-45 minutes will probably play like an online MTT with 10 minute levels.
In a self-dealt game and/or with amateurs, expect it to be a lot less. I've had horror nights where I've been lucky to get through 10 hands per hour. Comparing games like this to an online MTT with 10 minute levels is probably irrelevant, because nobody would be crazy enough to run one with levels long enough to be comparable. Instead, expect them to play like a turbo freeroll.