A bunch of guys in my neighborhood started a poker night and we recently had our 3rd meeting. We started out playing a lot of “dealer’s choice” games with one Hold 'Em tournament, but have migrated to strictly Hold 'Em tournaments.
We have re-buys for the first 2 out, escalate blinds on a schedule, have a pay-out for the top 3 places, and have a decent game. The problem is that guys end up sitting out as the tournament progresses and it gets boring for them to watch.
Any recommendations for how to run a better home NL Hold’em tourney? Is there a way to switch to NL non-tourney (i.e., a sash game) without making it a very unfriendly game? Most everyone is against switching to limit HE.