Need input from the WNP crowd on two things: bumping up the maximum buy-in and capping the maximum amount any player can put into one hand.
First, what does everyone think about bumping the maximum buy-in/rebuy to $100? Blinds would remain .25/.50 so it is not a stake increase, just making the stacks deeper to 200 times the BB. We already do .25/.50 $100 on weekends and in the later hours of WNP we have stacks that routinely exceed $100 and at times even have the average stack be that size. Everyone would still of course have the option to buy in for the current standard of $60 or less. Since we have the straps to facilitate deeper stack poker and I think that the deep stack nature of the game is one of the things that appeals to this crowd, I figured why not just start with our stacks at full speed instead of waiting until half the session is over.
Secondly, would there be interest in a cap per hand? I was thinking $100 max limit per hand to throttle the amount that anyone could lose (though you could win more if the pot is multi-way) in one hand. Compare that to the $100,000 cap at Bellagio's big game where they have games with blinds hovering in the low thousands so the big game cap actually represents a much smaller multiple of the blinds.
Let me know what you guys think and as a reminder, keep in mind that running it twice is always available to reduce variance in large hands between two players.