Balancing & Collapsing Tables

Balancing and Collapsing Poker Tables

True Poker offers multi table poker tournaments. Tournaments with more than 10 players will therefore have more than one table. A 60-person tournament will start out with 6 tables of 10 players, and finish with just two players at one table. So in order to keep the games fair, tables are “balanced” as players are eliminated.

For example, suppose there were three tables with 10, 9, and 9 players respectively. If 2 players were eliminated from one of the tables of 9, that would leave three tables with 10, 9, and 7 players. In such a situation, we would move a player from the table of 10 to the table of 7, resulting in a better balance of 9, 9, and 8 players at the three tables. Generally, we will move a player to another table whenever there is a difference of 3 or more players between tables. In some rare cases, we will move a player when there is a difference of 4 or more poker players.

Deciding which player to move is based on their position relative to the dealer button. We try to move the player who has just been passed by the button, into a seat at the destination table that has also just been passed by the button. But since this is not always possible, we move the person who is closest to this situation, into a position that is also as close to his current one as possible.

Collapsing is a natural extension of balancing. Once there is a total of 10 open seats among all tables, the smallest table is broken up, and its players moved to all remaining open seats. Here again, each player’s position relative to the button is considered in the moves.