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We run the most tournaments, in the most poker variants, in the most tournament types. All players start a standard poker tournament with the same amount of chips. As play goes on, the compulsory blinds and antes increase at regular intervals, and when a player loses all of their chips, they are out of the tournament.
The last player standing is declared the winner, and is rewarded with the biggest portion of the prize pool. Selecting any tournament allows you to find out everything you need to know, from the game being played to the buy-in, structure, and also whether registration is open. In all of our tournaments, each player is assigned a random seat and table. In games with a rotating dealer, the dealer button will start on seat 1. More detailed information about the tournament can be seen in the Tournament Lobby.
With rare exceptions, if you win a seat to an event via one of our satellite tournaments, you can choose to unregister and receive T-Money instead. T-Money can then be used to register for other tournaments. On some occasions, we may need to unregister you from a tournament on your behalf. You can quickly find bounty tournaments in the desktop lobby by looking for the appropriate symbol.
Bubble Rush tournaments are designed to reach the money quickly. Usually in the money in about an hour, Bubble Rush tournaments slow down to deep-stacked play when the prizes are biggest! The following key describes the colors used to identify different types of tournament on our platform.
The color scheme listed above is for information only and subject to change. Some special tournaments may be identified using other colors specific to that event. For example, in a player Fifty50 tournament, 5 will be paid. Half of the prize pool will be distributed equally among the 5 winners, and the other half of the prize pool will be distributed among those same 5 players based on the chip count percentages at the end of the event. The 6thth place finishers win nothing.
The Fifty50 tournament lobby displays the approximate amount per chips to be paid out when the tournament ends. The value displayed in the Fifty50 tournament lobby is rounded down to the nearest cent, but payouts are calculated so that the entire prize pool is paid out.
Note that the final payouts may experience small rounding differences in order to ensure that the total payouts equal the prize pool. In many of our cash tournaments, the prize pool is guaranteed to reach a specific amount. Just as in other shootout tournaments late registration is not allowed in Heads-Up tournaments.
For most heads-up multi-table tournaments, the time limit for unregistration is five minutes as opposed to two minutes in most other tournaments. Please check the Tournament Info window for details regarding unregistration from any one specific tournament. There may not always be a number divisible by the power of two 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 registered for a particular Heads-Up tournament, which is necessary to fill a heads-up bracket.
For example, if 10 players enter a Heads-Up tournament, there would be more than 8 but fewer than 16 players. In order to play the tournament out properly, the tournament will first need to be brought down to 8 players.
We offer Heads-Up tournaments with byes and without byes. In the above example with 10 players entered the last two players to register would not get to play, as 8 is the nearest power of two which is less than Hyper-Turbo satellites are a great way to quickly win your seat in an event just a few minutes before it begins!
Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize! The winner of a knockout tournament wins their own bounty. Each player then decides how many of the available stacks they want to start with, and how many to keep in reserve for later.
A player can reload add available remaining stacks later. The total number of available stacks for each player is posted in the tournament lobby and is the same for all players in that event. There is no additional cost for adding an available stack. For example, a participant in a Multi-Stack tournament may have five stacks of 1, chips available, for a total of 5, chips.
At the start of the tournament, that player may choose to play with the minimum of one stack 1, chips , or can choose to add any or all of their four remaining stacks at that time. These buttons will only be visible if stacks are still available. Stacks will be added at the end of the current hand; they will not be in play during the current hand. If a player loses all of their chips in play, they will be offered the option to add any remaining stacks, and will be required to add at least one stack.
If only one stack remains, it will be automatically added. Once a player loses all of the chips available in all of their available stacks, they are eliminated from the tournament. A limited amount of time will be available for players to add available stacks, as specified in the tournament lobby.
When you run out of chips, you are eliminated from the tournament. Eventually, the last few surviving players with chips are brought together at the final table, where the winner is the individual who wins all the chips from his or her opponents. Cash prizes are awarded to top finishers on the basis of number of tournament entries. Players can chose from different starting phases that begin at different times. Each starting phase will play the same amount of time, and then all remaining players will later combine in a single, larger tournament.
Phased tournaments allow the schedule flexibility normally associated with smaller-field tournaments, while still enjoying the large prize pools associated with larger-field tournaments. Chip counts at the end of Phase 1 will be carried over into the next round. For example, a tournament might have Phase 1 on Friday at Phased tournaments allow for multiple entries into the first phases. For example, if you play Phase 1 and are eliminated, you may enter another Phase 1 and start again at the beginning.
You cannot qualify for the next round more than once, so if you survive Phase 1, you will then be unable to enter another Phase 1 leading to the same Phase 2. Note that if you survive Phase 1 with even one chip, you will still advance to Phase 2, and will not be able to play another Phase 1. Most of the high-profile tournaments seen on TV are essentially phased tournaments, with the entry phases usually referred to as Day 1A, Day 1B, Day 1C, etc.
As you eliminate more players, your own bounty becomes bigger and bigger, making you a preferred target for other bounty hunters. Most Progressive Knockout tournaments put half of your buy-in into the prize pool, with the other half as your own starting bounty. In a rebuy tournament, you can with some restrictions buy more chips. A re-entry tournament is one in which you have the opportunity to enter an event again after you have already been eliminated from that event. In re-entry tournaments, when you lose all your chips you will be offered the ability to re-enter immediately.
If you choose not to re-enter at that time, you can still register normally from the tournament lobby any time during the late registration period. Multiple entries at the same time are not allowed. Re-entries will show in the tournament standings with the number of that entry next to the ID of the player. Note that a re-entry tournament may limit the number of times you can re-enter. This number will be noted in the tournament lobby. Once you have used up the allowed number of re-entries, you will not be allowed to play again in that event.
It can be less expensive to enter a satellite than it would be to enter the main tournament directly. An example of how a satellite works:. If there is a fee to enter either a tournament or satellite, it will be denoted by stating the buy-in amount and the entry fee. In most tournaments which are named, the buy-in and fee is combined for the sake of brevity in the title.
Detailed information on the breakdown of buy-in plus entry fee is shown in the tournament lobby. Normally, when you play in a multi-table tournament, players are moved from table to table to balance the number of players at each table. You remain at your original table until only one player is left standing. If you win that table, you advance to another table and repeat the process against players who each won their first table. Each starting table is played to its conclusion; the final table is formed of the winners of the first round matches.
For example, a full Stud Double Shootout might start with 8 full tables, a total of 64 players, in Round 1. Each of those 8 tables would play down to one winner, and the 8 winners would then be brought to a second table for Round 2, where they would play until there is one winner.
For example, assuming a standard 9 players per table triple shootout is full, in Round 1 the players will be placed, 9 per table, at 81 tables within the tournament. Each table will play until there is one player remaining with all of the chips from that table. The 81 remaining players will then be moved to 9 tables for Round 2.
As in Round 1, each table will play until one player has all of the chips from their table. Note that this whole process could be extended to quadruple shootouts and on up. For instance, in the past we have offered triple shootouts with four-player tables a total of 64 players in each event. Also note that if a shootout is not filled to capacity when it begins, some of the tables in Round 1 could have more players than others. Late registration is not available in shootout tournaments.
The available chips — including the starting stack, rebuy, and add-on — are tailored to each event. The time for the event is indicated in the tournament name and in the tournament lobby.
At the end of the set amount of playing time, the event will stop and all remaining players will receive a distribution of the prize pool based on their ending chip count. Time Tourneys are offered throughout the day in durations of 15, 25 and 45 minutes of playing time.
Turbo rebuy events usually go on break at 30 minutes, as opposed to 60 minutes in a standard rebuy event. Win the Button is a tournament format that awards the winner of each pot with the dealer button.
Some Win the Button tournaments switch to normal button movement in the later stages of the tournament. Be sure to check the tournament lobby for more information. In a Zoom tournament, you can fold your hand and immediately move to a new table with new opponents selected randomly from the entire pool of players who have entered the tournament.