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    At my local casino (Indiana Live, about 1/2 hour away), they spread 1/2 NL and 2/5 NL. When I go over to Hollywood (near Cincinnati, a good 2.5 hour drive for me), they don't have 1/2, only 1/3. But I like the 1/3 a lot better... because IMO, you don't really care about the opening blinds being $1 more... but it does seem to build the pots up faster. It's too bad, it's a beautiful room but I hate the drive.

    Anyone else like 1/3 better than 1/2?

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    I would think the main difference would be that its less profitable to see speculative hands from the SB. Outside of that I'm not sure what difference it really makes.
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    Well, when a few people start 3x raising the previous bettor... pots seem to get bigger, I don't know-- maybe I'm wrong, but it sure seemed like much more of an action table to me than 1/2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queso View Post
    Anyone else like 1/3 better than 1/2?
    I've never played 1/3 so can't answer. But it's no surprise the pots are bigger. Just watch out for the acting at the table, what with it being Hollywood.

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    At The Empire, Leicester Square (and maybe at Cincinnati) the main difference between 1/2 and 1/3 is the maximum buy-in. So, although the actual blinds wouldn't make much of a difference to the size of the pots, the fact that (in general) players have far larger stacks does make a big difference to the way the game plays. I don't play 1/3 there for this reason as it's way to heavy for me.

    At The Empire, the max buy-in at 1/2 is 400. At 1/3 it is 1000. In both cases you are allowed to join the table with up to 50% of the largest existing stack if that 50% exceeds those limits.

    So, on a 1/3 table on a Saturday night at, say, 11pm, the table will have been running all day and although not all the players from lunchtime will still be present, there will be some large stacks. It is probable for a couple of players to have more than 2000, therefore the max buy-in will be more than 1000. There are a number of regulars who always come in for the max when they turn up late in the evening. This means that by midnight it is usual that at least half the players have 1500 or 2000, with one or two even larger. That means the game plays more like 2/5 than 1/3.

    By contrast, the players on 1/2 tend to be the type who play for a couple of hours and leave, so in general the stacks don't build up as much and the max buy-in tends to remain at 400. In fact, most people seem to sit with 150 or 200 as I guess they are used to the online concept of "NL200" as a game description.
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