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In Daniel Negreanu's blog at Full contact poker, he discusses his preparations for the WPT event in Biloxi. It is interesting because his preparation starts with an analysis of the blind structure and what it means to the length of play in each day and the overall flow of the tournament.
Here is the link to this blog entry:
In the article he provides breaks down the blind structure which can be found here:
http://beaurivage.com/files/Southern_Poker_Blind_Structures.pdf (the main event structure is on the last two pages)
Here is the heart of his breakdown:
When I first heard it was a 4-day event, the first thing I did was look at a copy of the structure. I assumed that they'd need to speed up the pace of the event, otherwise they'd never get done in 4 days. I was right, the structure is fast paced. So the event will be grueling in terms of the number of hours you'll have to play leading up to the final table, but there will also be a very different dynamic to the late stages of the event. It is simply impossible for it to be deep stacked poker with say, 27 players left. I predict that from 45 players until the final table, the play will resemble an online tournament in the late stages, where the average stack has no choice but to either re-raise all in before the flop, or fold. It's going to be tough to call raises in position, because the blinds will be so high.
The key missing levels include:
Outside of these levels, the structure is pretty standard with the appropriate ante ratios at all limits. I like all of that. However, taking out 6 levels will have a drastic impact on the structure. That's a full 9 hours of play, or in other words, more than a FULL day of play as compared to most events. A day and a bit has been taken out of the event to accommodate it being a 4-day event.
I found it interesting to what point the blind structure can affect a professional's tournament preparation.
Total blind structures created to date: