Pretty Much Empty

When you log into the tournament floor the first time, the window is pretty much empty.

What we see is an empty list on the left side. This list will contain all configured tournaments and presets.

On the right side there's nothing. The right side will show the details of a tournament. This includes all parameters like the name, type of game (e.g. Texas Hold'em), the buy-ins (includeing add-ons, re-buys, etc.), the entries (registered players), payouts and the assigned tables.

The Quick Start will not cover all the available options, parameters and details, but the mandetory ones.

Create New Tournament

To create your first tournament just click the enabled button at the bottom of the list on the left side.

New Tournament

 The newly created tournament appears in the list and it's selected. The details will appear on the right side.

A tournament has a certain status. A new created tournamant has the status "Initiation", which means the tournament is inactive and can be configured. An inactive tournament will not appear on any screen to the players, e.g. the Lobby View. The Lobby View will show a list of all active tournaments and cash games, if displayed by the CW-DisplayManager.

Here's the list of states a tournament can be in:

Control SwitchDescription
Initiation  (Set up and configure the torunament; Games are not showen to the public)

When the tournament is running the clock is ticking down. There are some intermediate states for the running tournament.

Control SwitchDescription
Stop the Clock (Pause the game)
Show Seating
Time-Out (Pause the game for a defined duration, e.g. 5 minutes)

Game Setup

Nearly all parameters for setting up a tournament are grouped in multiple sections. The default setting is more or less for standard tournaments you can find in every casino or club.

To start your first tournament we will not go into details for all parameters. We will concentrate on the most important values for starting your first tournament.

a) Names & Games

 Most important data first.

  • Name
    We distinguish between "Name" and "Title". The name is for internal use.
    The name can be short and should reflect your tournament. The name is not shown to the players, but shown in all lists, like the tournament list of Tournament Floor or the ports list of the Display Manager.

  • Title
    The "Title" of the tournament is shown to the players, e.g. tournament clock or lobby view of the Display Manager.

  • Short Description
    The "Short Description" can show some additional detailed information. Maybe the number of allowed Re-Buys or Bonus Chips.

  • Game
    Select the poker game you want. The default value is "Texas Hold'em" which is the most popular once. But feel free to play any other. Usually this value is shown to the players nearly in every view.

  • Limit
    Select the limit of your poker game. The default value is "No Limit" which is the most popular with Texas Hold'em. But feel free to play any other. Usually this value is shown to the players nearly in every view in conjunction with the game, like "PL OM" for Pot Limit Omaha.

  • Color
    The color of a tournament may help the players to distinguish between different tournaments when they take place at the same time.
    The color is used internally, e.g. in the tournaments list, but also for tournament clock.

  • Type
    The "Type" has three options.
    1. Sit&Go: The tournament will start when all seats are sold (the tournament is full)
    2. Ring: The tournament is running all the time. You can leave or enter at any time. This is a legacy value and not used very often.
    3. Dated: The tournament will start at a particular date and time, which is the default selection.
  • Start
     You can enter a date and time when the tournament will take place if the "Type" is "Dated".

 Here's an example how it could look like.

b) Tables & Seating

Tables and Seating are important as well. The selected parameters will effect your tournament.

  • Table Seats
    Before we can register players to a tournament, we need tables. The tables define the number of available seats. Tables have to be assigned to the tournament. Usually the tables have different sizes (number of seats). "Table Seats" is the default value for all assigned tables to this tournament. If you assign a table which is configured with 9 seats, the table will have 10 seats for this tournament.
    If you set the value to "*", the number of seats will not be changed. A table with 9 seats will have 9 seats after assigning.

  • Multi Table
    Here we have four different options.
    1. Balance players: By default the option is enabled. Balancing allows to close tables and to use the automatic balance function. If balancing is turned off you run a ShootOut. Each table is a individual game and players will not be moved from one table to another.
    2. Conform number of seats: N/A
    3. Keep seats open: If you are not assigning seats directly on Sign-Up (Direct Seating) the seats will be assigned when starting seating ("Seating" state). That means all your registered players (e.g. 20 players) will get a table and seat when going to state "Seating". If "Keep seats open" is turned on with 2 seats, the seating procedure will try to leave some seats at the tables unoccupied.
      For instance, if you have three tables assigned to your tournament with 10 seats each, then you have 30 seats available. If you seat 20 players at once the system will use the first two tables. These two tables are fully occupied and the third table is empty. If you enable "Keep seats open", the system uses all three tables and you have unoccupied seats at all tables. The system will seat 7 players to table 1 and 2 and 6 players to table 3.

  • Direct Seating
    Direct Seating: "Assign a seat on Sign-Up" will assign a seat when a player registers to the tournament. The printed ticket will show the table and the seat. This is only important during state "Registration". If the tournament is in state "Seating" or already "Running" a player will be seated and get a table & seat at any time.

  • Protocol
    The protocol for seating is by default "Standard". Currently there are no other seating protocols, but there'll be some others in the future, e.g. for the new Team Poker tournaments.

Buy-In Setup

Here you can set up all the buy-ins and fees. We have several options for bonuses, re-buys, re-entries, guaranteed prize pool, etc.

The workflow is top-down. The basic buy-in is the "Start-Up" buy-in for the primary entry, the first sign-up.
More or less the sections are very similar structured. The first column is your preferred currency or account. If you open the Location-Panel you can change the currency. Go to Menu > File > Location. Select Accounts/Currencies on the left side and change your primary currency (1st row). If your currency does not need or has decimals, set the value to "0" for integer (no fractions).

a) Start-Up

Chips: The amount of chips the player will get for the primary buy-in.
Buy-In: The amount of money which goes into the prize pool.
Fee: The amount of money which does not raising the prize pool.

If you don't select any other options, like Buffet or Bonus, the total is Buy-In plus Fee. The example show 10,000 chips for the primary buy-in. 100.00 Euro will raise the prize pool and 10.00 Euro fee is for the house or stuff. The player has to pay 110.00 Euro for his primary entry.

For a Freeroll set Buy-In and Fee to "0".

b) Buffet or Bonus

"Buffet" and "Bonus" are optional. Al lot of casinos using bonus chips for their staff fee or offering a buffet with the tournament. Now you are also able to do that.

Just enable "Buffet" and/or "Bonus" and enter the values you like. Similar to  "Star-Up" enter the chips you want to give to the player, as well as the Buy-In (raising prize pool) and the fee (not raising the prize pool).
The example show another 3,000 chips for 10,00 Euro fee which is only for the house/staff.

c) House Accounting & Guaranteed Prize Pool

With "House Accounting" you can alter the prize pool. You can take some additional fees, take some money for an event prize pool or set the guaranteed prize pool.
As you can see there are mainly two values available. The absolute value, called "Value", and the relative amount, called "Percentage". You can use only one, both or even none.

For the guaranteed prize pool just enter the value you want. A guaranteed prize pool is the minimum payout. If the Buy-Ins reach the guaranteed value the prize pool will continue increasing.

Tables Setup

As already mentioned, you need tables for your tournament. Hopefully you already created some tables with assistant.

The idea of table management is that you create the number of tables you have in your casino, club or venue. This number will usually not change. Tables are reusable and can be used with every tournament and cash game.

To assign tables to your tournament, open the "Tables" window. Go to menu Tables > Show Tables. I already created 10 tables with assistant.

To assign one or more tables, just drag&drop the tables you want to the tournament. You can drop them onto the list of tournaments or on the tables list of the tournament.

For accessing the tables very fast you can show an additional list of tables on the left side of the tournaments' list. Got to menu > View > Toggle Tables List. Now you can see which table is already in use or which table is available. You can drag&drop tables from here as well.

Levels Setup

For your first tournament this will be the last step of the configuration. We need some levels. The tournament structure is very important for each game.

If you look at the "Levels" table you will see several columns, the level itself, small blind, the big blind, duration and some others. That's all you need to give your game a structure.
To add a level, just click the button at the bottom. The first level will appear at the top. For sure you need some more, so click again to create for instance 10 levels.
The duration is by default 30 minutes. You can change the duration for every level. To change the minutes for all level click the duration header.

A popup will appear. You can select one of the default values 15, 20, 30 or enter the value you like. Press <15>,<20>,<30> or to set the value for all rows.

Now we will set the big blinds for all levels. Usually you know your big blinds and we have a function to set the small blind to 50% of the big blinds.
Select the big blind of the first level and change the value you want to have for the first level. The default is "50".
I will make it "100". If you press -key you will go to the next column. If you press -key you will go to the next row. Use -key after each big blind and enter the next. So it's easy to enter all the values fast and easy.

Now we will set the small blind with just two clicks. Click the header of the "Small Blind" column.

A popup will appear. You can select the default values 50% or you can clear the small blinds. Clearing will set the value "0".

If you have breaks during your tournament, just enter the minutes in column "Break". If you set 15 minutes break in level 6, the break will follow the level 8. That means the player are going to play level 6 (400/800) and after that level there'll be a break of 20 minutes.

If you have a color-up (raise for chips), just enter the duration in column "Color-Up". The color-up will follow the level. The break will follow the color-up, if there's one.

The difference between color-up and break is, that color-up is part of the game. Players have to stay at the table until the color-up is done.