You can estimate the amount of time your tournament will take if you know how many players there will be, the starting chip stacks, and the structure. Assume that the tournament will end when only two players left would only have 10 big blinds each. For example: You have 10 players, who each start with 10,000 in chips.
If you host a tournament where each player starts with 100 chips (T100) - your chip denominations should probably be 1, 2, 5, and 25. If you host a tournament where each player starts with 1000 chips - your chip denominations should probably be 5, 25, 100, and 500.
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