Originally Posted by LockRizen
I could add a 5/10 level at the beginning (effectively doubling starting stacks) and a 250/500 level in the middle.
Realize I have to balance A LOT of things for these. It's not just a matter of coming up with the best structure possible but making sure tournaments start and end by certain times (for instance, 7pm tournaments appeal to a lot of casual players, which is GREAT, but if they last until 4-5am that's too late). I've looked at some of the durations of current tournaments and I think adding these two levels would help some. I'd like to try that for a few weeks and get some feedback and then if that isn't enough adjust level times or starting stacks. Thoughts?
BTW - as a player I always thought this sort of thing was super simple, but I never really realize all the extranious things that have to be balanced as well. I'm happy to try and respond to feedback as well as possible, but it's definitely a juggling act to keep everyone happy.
I am not sure how others feel, but I think that adding a level (30/60 or 40/80) between 25/50 and 50/100 would be much more preferable than a 5/10 level. 5/10 doesn't create much action and starting with 300 vs 150 bbs is not as necessary.
However, say you have a starting stack (3k chips), jumping from 25/50 to 50/100, you go from 60bbs to 30bbs. That is huge and takes out much of the mid-stack play. 30/60 would give everybody time to maneuver at the 50bb stack size that is critical towards chipping up by making plays.
Just adding that level alone would be a big improvement. A 250/500 level would be nice as well, and go a long ways towards ensuring stack sizes are a bit more playable in the mid to late stages.
Either increasing blind levels to 15 mins or increasing stack sizes (or both), especially for the weekly special tournies and a few selected regular ones ($33 fo at 5:15 and $60 fo at 6:00) would really raise the quality of the schedule and promote both more regs and casual players to enter.
Thanks for your responses and efforts to make the site better Rizen.