I have a home poker tournament that has grown beyond a single table (currently at 2 tables). I'm looking to understand how often I should balance the tables. E.g. if there is a 2 person discrepancy should I immediately balance the tables after that hand? What's a good rule of thumb?
When balancing, my understanding is that the most common practice is that the person who would be the next one to have the big blind gets moved and is placed at the other table at the open spot closest to the big blind at that table. Is there value to that method over for example moving small stack or big stack or some other rule? I have a friend who always moves the small stack so as to keep the "chips at the table" as even as possible.