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Updated Starting Stacks and Bonuses

Our standard starting stack is 15,000 chips for a multiple-game night, and 20,000 chips for a single-game night.

Players who arrive 30 minutes early receive a 5,000 chip bonus. Arriving early really helps the TD’s in getting the game started on time. Also, it helps the venue staff to get food orders out in a timely manner.

(Conversely, see section below about late arrivals.)

Players who support the league by participating in our VIP program will receive an extra 5,000 chips at each game they play.

Players who wear Kontenders apparel or play with a Kontenders card protector receive a 5k bonus per night. Swag must be Kontenders, must belong to the player claiming the bonus, and must be shown the whole game (can’t be in pocket or in car.) The per-night 5k bonus can be split if there are multiple games, for example 2,500 per game for two games. Player’s choice!

In addition to that, because we love to see new players at our games, we give a 10,000 chip (per game) bonus to players who are playing with us for the first time. (This bonus is to cover the early chips and the VIP chips.) And, new players receive a voucher to receive the same bonus upon their second visit to one of our games, contingent upon registering as a player on the website within 24 hours and registering for the game.

If you bring a new player to a game, you get 2,500 chips, to a maximum of 10,000 on any particular night.

Some venues (the actual bar or restaurant in which we play) may give additional chips (“patron chips”) to customers who purchase meals. Purchase of a meal is not a requirement to play in our games, but of course we ask that you support the venue with your patronage. We are not renting space in their facility. It is the players support of the venues that makes this league possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Here is the detailed breakout of starting chips:

 Multiple Game NightSingle Game Night
Base Starting Stack15,00020,000
Arrive 30 minutes early5,0005,000
Swag2,500*5,000
VIP5,0005,000

* See above regarding swag bonus on multiple-game nights

Note that patron chips are not shown in the table because they are awarded by the venue, not by the league, Also, some regions may add their own chip incentives, which must be approved by the league.

Late Arrival

We understand that occasionally, due to circumstances beyond your control, you can’t make it to a game by the time the game starts. Arriving late does cause a disruption to the game and extra work for the TD, but we still want you to come out, support the venue, and play. We therefore allow you to enter the game until the end of the second blind level, on those occasions when you are unable to arrive on time.

Stack sizes for late arrivals will reflect a 1,000 chip penalty for signing in during the first level, and a 3,000 penalty for signing in during the second blind level.

This is a courtesy that is extended to you on an occasional basis. Any player routinely arriving late may not be given a seat. Thank you for your understanding.

Blind Levels

Depending on how many games we are playing and the scheduling needs of the venue, one of the following blinds schedules should be followed.

Typically, a single-game venue will use blinds for a 3-1/2 hour game, but some will use the 4-hour schedule.

Two-game venues most often will use the 2-1/2 hour schedule.

If you have questions about what to expect, please ask your TD.

Blinds for 2-1/2 Hour Game

LevelMinutesBlinds
Additional levels, as needed, will be 6 minutes with the blinds doubling each level.
116200/400
216300/600
316500/1000
4161,000/2,000
Break10 minutesColor up the 100's and 500's
5102,000/4,000
6103,000/6,000
7105,000/10,000
81010k / 20k
91020k / 40k
101040k / 80k
11860k / 120k
128100k / 200k

This schedule should ensure that the game ends withing three hours.

Blinds for 3 Hour Game

LevelMinutesBlinds
Additional levels, as needed, will be 6 minutes with the blinds doubling each level.
120200/400
220300/600
320500/1000
4161,000/2,000
Break10 minutesColor up the 100's and 500's
5162,000/4,000
6163,000/6,000
7125,000/10,000
81210k / 20k
91220k / 40k
101240k / 80k
111280k / 160k

Blinds for 3-1/2 Hour Game

LevelMinutesBlinds
Additional levels, as needed, will be 6 minutes with the blinds doubling each level.
120200/400
220300/600
320500/1000
Break10 minutesColor up the 100's
4181,000/2,000
5181500 / 3,000
6182,000/4,000
7183,000/6,000
8185k / 10k
91810k / 20k
101520k / 40k
111540k / 80k
121560k / 120k

Blinds for 4 Hour Game

LevelMinutesBlinds
Additional levels, as needed, will be 10 minutes with the blinds doubling each level.
120100/200
220200/400
320300/600
418500/1000
5181,000/2,000
6182,000/4,000
Break10 minutesColor up the 100's and 500's
7183k / 6k
8185k / 10k
91810k / 20k
101815k / 30k
101820k / 40k
111830k / 60k
121840k / 80k

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