Table moving


it isn’t really clear what you mean. i think you are talking about table switches in MTT’s.

but i assuming this happened in a MTT, it is because in MTT’s tables will be keep changing to get as much players as possible at one table since there will be busts all the time and fewer tables will be nessecary. also when one table gets a lot of busts they will change also to get the tables more equal, otherwise one table wil play 3/4 handed for example and the other ones keep playing 9h.

hope this helps.

MrReplay explained it all in this post in Oct '15

This is going to a rather long winded response, and should really be in our help section, but anyway here goes…

There are two simple rules that we check every time a player is eliminated from a tournament:

REMOVE TABLE - Remove a table if it’s possible (and redistribute the players amongst the remaining tables)

REBALANCE PLAYERS - Don’t ever allow the number of players on two tables to differ by 2+ players (move players amongst the tables to ‘rebalance’ them)


SCENARIO: 9 seat tourney with 19 players, seated: 7,6,6. One player gets eliminated, now seated: 7,6,5. That leaves 18 players which fit in two 9 seat tables, so we remove one of the tables.

Which table to remove?

The tables with less players, so we have less balances.

Who to move and where?

Move all the players from closed tables to available seats on other tables, always respecting the ideal distribution. There is a scenario where in addition to closing some tables we also have to move players from unclosed tables, this is also to achieve the ideal distribution every time, using a priority system that matches PLAYERS with SEATS (i.e.: 10 seats, 0 = best, 9 = worst).

Based on the last hand played on the removed table, the Big Blind player is given highest priority (0 - best seat), then each seat anti-clockwise from that seat is given the next priority down (1, 2, 3, etc) until the last seat, left of the BB, which is the ‘worst seat’ (first to act) has been assigned a priority. ALWAYS based on seated position.

Finally we match the highest priority players with the highest priority seats, each in turn, until the lowest priority player is seated. Of course there may well be more empty seats than players, which will result in the lowest priority seat(s) not being filled.

Caveat: in a scenario where we need to close a table and balance another, all occupied seats from the closed table will have higher priority than those single balances.


SCENARIO: 9 seat tourney with 26 players, seated: 9,9,8. One player gets eliminated, now seated: 9,9,7. That leaves 25 players, so we can’t remove a table. Instead we must ‘rebalance’ the tables, so that there is only a difference of 1 player (max) between the tables. Hence, a player is moved from a table with 9 players, to a table with 7 players, now seated: 9,8,8.

When does the rebalance occur?

Whenever a hand ends, we check to see if we have the ideal distribution. Players are then flagged as standing in one table and sitting in another, no players stand in the middle of a hand where they are playing.

Which table to move a player from?

All tables where the number of participants is greater than the ideal.

Which player to move?

Choose the N worst seats (ie. seated left of the Big Blind player) from all tables where the number of participants is greater than the ideal. Even if the player has been moved already, he/she’ll be moved again.

Basically at the end of each hand in a tournament we try to make an ideal distribution of the participants that are still playing through the numbers of tables that are necessary for number of players based on the number of seats.


If a bust-out occurs during a hand, and that table must be rebalanced after, the current priority is considered, not the priority from the future hand, which could cause a seat other than the worst to be moved.

That’s it, simple! :wink:

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great explanation

just thinkin’…if,this site is so upsetting maybe another poker site might be the answer. However it may be difficult to find quality poker players that would appreciate foul language and insults…

i don’t like when i get moved to a new table and then can’t bet because they placed me in the small blind seat. u place me you should let me pay the blind and play the hand

Good explanation, only one problem,
that is table balancing STILL not working
correctly !!!

new and old topic Again

I think players should be bound to their own ranking or at least their own play pen ,once again sharks are coming to the duck pond I was a shark and lost 5mill now that I am in low I cant seem to play with players in the duck pond twice this morning trying to do a 3 max game 2 sharks joined the table in the end I beat them both but still shouldn’t have to worry about who is scamming who here no wonder players buy chips just to get on even ground for Petes Sake I enjoy
being here in this forum it does get a bit frustrating too

I understand the movement among tables. Usually I’m placed at a new table and the table appears on my screen, but sometimes I have to go back to the lobby, find the PLAY NOW button, and THEN I find my new table. I’ve been curious about why that happens occasionally. I am now prepared for when it happens so I don’t lose out on a round.

That I understand. But I was moved 4 times in the 1st 13 minutes of an MMT. Why?