June 10, 2012
I decided to do something a little different today. I play the majority of my volume on Pokerstars, and have been thinking about there MTT schedule a lot. I typed out some things that I think would be beneficial, and I was hoping to get some opinions here as well as the suggestion thread. Fun stuff to think about if you are a structure nerd. Anyways, here they are.
1. The Mix game solution
With the success of mix games during big tournament series, it is odd that they don’t see the same success on a normal schedule. I suggest that all the “Weeklys” move to Saturday EXCEPT the following, which would be held on Sundays: WeeklyPLO, WeeklyPLO8, Weekly6max, Weekly Turbo, Weekly HU, WeeklyNLO8.
Secondly what I would do is add a lower tier to the mix games with a “Weekly H” and a Weekly L”. The buyin would be something that you guys would be better at setting because I have a conflict of interest. That being said, I’m guessing somewhere between $27 and $44 would give it enough prestige, and yet open it up to more people. This change would transform Saturday to not only a “small stakes” day, but also a mix game day.
The main changes that would have to be made would be ditching the Saturday red PLOs in exchange for the “Weekly Ls”. Also Change the HU to a turbo, and start it later Sunday evening (between 15:30 and 17:00 mountain time). There has been much talk about adding a good structure HU tournament, so add one in red on Thursday evenings. The Sunday one will see more success with a faster and easier to multi table structure.
2. Twice Daily Break
This may not be a popular suggestion with the grinders, but I think it is necessary. Usually these 15-minute breaks would only hit a player’s session once. This would allow players to cook a meal instead of being the microwave chefs that most of us are. It may cut into your hourly to start, but I think as people get used to it, longer sessions would become the norm. I also should add that I think tournament and sng’s should still go off/load during this time.
3. Tournament individuality
This is a huge issue and something that I think is definitely being overlooked. If you ask a random MTT player about a certain tournament, it usually stirs up emotions. The past memories of success, or of failure. That is currently being lost in the small stakes arena as multiples of tournaments are popping up seemingly every update. It is turning the fun, into a grind. The 5Quad for example, no longer has an identity, as there are 6+ that go off a day. Instead of 6 $5quads, why not have 6 completely different NL structures. For example:
5Quad 6max turbo
3R action hour
3R 6max action hour
All of these tournaments cost essentially the same thing, are more identifiable, and appeal to a wider array of players. When you tell your friend you won something, they are going to know exactly what tournament it is, and think back to there memories of that field, aka old 3Rebuy 60K. The $5quad, $4Rebuy 4max, and $5 hypers are the main problems here. I think they would benefit greatly in numbers, and morale from minor changes.
Thanks for reading guys.