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Tex's TEARS Poker Blinds Schedules

Tex's TEARS (Tournament Evaluation and Rating System) started out as a way to analyze poker tournament blinds schedules to rate the playability of a poker tournament. Believe it or not, several years ago, poker tournament schedules were all over the map, some tournaments used schedules that were fine, but others used blinds schedules that were truly horrible and adversely affected the way that a tournament had to be played. Some blinds increased so drastically that it made the entire tournament a crap shoot, the luckiest player would often win. Tex Morgan set out to standardize poker tournament blinds schedules so that a player knew what to expect when attending a tournament. The Tex's TEARS schedules and starting chip amounts provide a gradual increase in the blinds levels and players know what to expect when these blinds schedules are used.

Notes about the Tex's TEARS schedules:
Time may be added to later levels if the average chip count becomes too low.
If the buy-in is 1000 or larger, the number of starting chips = the buy-in amount.
If the buy-in is less than 1000 with no re-buys, the number of starting chips = 1000.
If the buy-in is less than 500 with re-buys, the number of starting chips = 500.
The number of re-buy chips = the number of starting chips.
The number of add-on chips = twice the starting chips.

Tex's Tears No-Limit Hold'em Structure
LevelAnteSmall BlindLarge Blind
1 1015
2 25  25 *
3 2550
4 5075
5 50100
6 75150
7 100200
8 150300
925150300
1050200    400 **
11100200400
12100400800
132005001,000
143005001,500
154001,0002,000
166001,500      3,000 ***
171,0002,0004,000
181,5003,0006,000
192,0005,00010,000
203,0005,00015,000
214,00010,00020,000
226,00015,00030,000
2310,00020,00040,000
2415,00030,00060,000
2510,00050,000100,000
2615,00050,000150,000
2720,000100,000200,000
2830,000150,000300,000
2950,000200,000400,000
3080,000300,000600,000
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Tex's Tears Limit Hold'em Structure
LevelAnteSmall BlindLarge BlindLimit
1 1015 15-30*
2 252525-50
3 255050-100
4 507575-150
5 50100100-200
6 75150150-300
7 100200200-400
8 150300   300-600**
9 200400400-800
10 300600  600-1,200
11 400800       800-1,600***
12 5001,0001000-2,000
13 5001,500     1,500-3,000***
14 1,0002,0002,000-4,000
15 1,5003,0003,000-6,000
16 2,0004,0004,000-8,000
17 3,0006,0006,000-12,000
18 4,0008,0008,000-16,000
19 5,00010,00010,000-20,000
20 5,00015,00015,000-30,000
21 10,00020,00020,000-40,000
22 15,00030,00030,000-60,000
23 20,00040,00040,000-80,000
24 30,00060,00060,000-120,000
25 40,00080,00080,000-160,000
26 50,000100,000100,000-300,000
27 50,000150,000150,000-300,000
28 100,000200,000200,000-400,000
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Tex's Tears Pot Limit Hold'em Structure
LevelsAnteSmall BlindLarge BlindCall or Make It
1 1015 30 to 55*
2 252550 to 100
3 2550100 to 175
4 5075150 to 275
5 50100200 to 350
6 75150300 to 527
7 100200400 to 700
8 150300   600 to 1,050**
9 200400800 to 1,400
10 3006001,200 to 2,100
11 400800     1,600 to 2,800***
12 5001,0002,000 to 3,500
13 5001,5003,000 to 5,000
14 1,0002,0004,000 to 7,000
15 1,5003,0006,000 to 10,500
16 2,0004,0008,000 to 14,000
17 3,0006,00012,000 to 21,000
18 4,0008,00016,000 to 28,000
19 5,00010,00030,000 to 52,000
20 5,00015,00040,000 to 70,000
21 10,00020,00060,000 to 150,000
22 15,00030,00080,000 to 140,000
23 20,00040,000120,000 to 210,000
24 30,00060,000200,000 to 350,000
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