How many hands per hour in a live game?

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How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby catdogfan » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:12 pm

Can anyone tell me approximately how many hands are dealt per hour in a live NL Hold'em tournament, 10-handed with a live dealer? I.e., what's considered fast and what's considered slow?
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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby jjmaximum » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:26 pm

I think the typical dealer/game average is 20-25

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby catdogfan » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:32 pm

Thank you!

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby mauihaole » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:17 pm

Tournaments often get in more hands per hour than cash games because there are more hands taken down preflop or on the flop. 20-25 sounds right for a live game, however in a tournament its not hard to get out about 30 hands/hr.

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby teslaaaa » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:33 pm

I was told by a luxor dealer that a good dealer can get about 15 hands in a shift, 30 min shifts. so 30ish an hour.

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby apollo » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:09 am

My measure has come from noting how the button goes around in tourneys with 20 minute rounds. Typically at a 10-handed table, early in a tourney, the button makes it one full round and one more player. 33 hands per hour. If the table is fairly experienced, people are paying attention, and no TV table wannabes are practicing their hollywooding, more like 36 and sometimes better. If you have 2 very inexperienced players who are afraid to move until the dealer tells them to, 1 player who won't look at his cards until it's his turn and then needs 10 seconds to decide to fold 72 in a raised pot, 1 player with a hoodie+shades+iPod+cap who has to stare at the table for 10 seconds and give a speech before doing anything every action, and 1 crank who has to call the floor every 4th hand because he wants JRandomTourist's hand declared dead because JRandom said "I'm not sure I can call here", it can plummet to the low 20's and below.

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby redright88 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:22 am

apollo wrote:My measure has come from noting how the button goes around in tourneys with 20 minute rounds. Typically at a 10-handed table, early in a tourney, the button makes it one full round and one more player. 33 hands per hour. If the table is fairly experienced, people are paying attention, and no TV table wannabes are practicing their hollywooding, more like 36 and sometimes better. If you have 2 very inexperienced players who are afraid to move until the dealer tells them to, 1 player who won't look at his cards until it's his turn and then needs 10 seconds to decide to fold 72 in a raised pot, 1 player with a hoodie+shades+iPod+cap who has to stare at the table for 10 seconds and give a speech before doing anything every action, and 1 crank who has to call the floor every 4th hand because he wants JRandomTourist's hand declared dead because JRandom said "I'm not sure I can call here", it can plummet to the low 20's and below.


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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby Emry » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:45 am

From most of the live games I have seen, the hands per hour (depending on table obviously) is around 25-30, however if they have an automatic shuffler installed in the table I have been told this sends the average to 35 (at least that's what the dealers I know told me).

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Re: How many hands per hour in a live game?

Postby pokerchicca_QQ » Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:28 pm

As an experienced poker dealer of 20+ years in several different states, the average amount of hands dealt out in an hour is 20-35. However, this is pertaining to Texas Hold'em. In my area, there are several poker rooms that deal out various Mix games of poker including Omaha O/8 (4 cards each) and Big O/8 (5 cards each). In this case, you are likely to have half as many hands dealt out per hour, due to the fact that the dealer is typically dealing out twice as many cards to each player, and at times, it takes a bit longer for the players to comprehend their hand. So the average of hands dealt out per hour drops to 10-15. The pots are usually much bigger than they would be in Hold'em, since Omaha is such a progressive game, but you are, in essence, getting half as many hands each hour. There are also many other factors to consider when coming up with an average. Some of these factors include: the type of players, whether they're beginners, experienced, ESPN camera "wannabe's" (in other words, they tend to "tank" on every single round..."think think think...it's a raise of $4 and I've only got one dollar invested"....most experienced dealers know what I mean) or more fast-action-paced players. Also, the limit of the the game becomes a factor as well. Lower limit tend to be a bit quicker, so long as all of the players are at least average in knowledge of the basic fundamentals. Another factor would be the location of the poker table. Are you in a nice secluded area? Or in a bar surrounded by alcohol? Are your players sober? Or are they all having a good time and singing to the song in the background and drinking down their shots?.... So in conclusion, it really depends on what poker games you're talking about when it comes to getting an average of hands per hour. [2c] :wink:


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