tournaments type

Multi-Table Tournaments

If more than one table is needed to accommodate the number of registered players in a tournament, it is known as a multi-table tournament.

Multi-table Tournaments start at a scheduled start time. These events have a registration period when you must sign up to play. You must register a minimum of 5 minutes before the tournament is scheduled to begin. Timed registration tourneys won’t start on time if the minimum number of required players don’t register by the end of registration.

When a tournament is about to begin you will be asked to take your seat. Once a tournament begins, the players are spread out over many tables with equal stacks of chips. The software strives to balance the tables equally. The highest possible offset is 2 players. This means no table will ever have more than 2 players more or less than another table.

Once a game starts, the limits go up after a specified time period (usually 10 minutes). As the limits go up players will knock each other out. The software will move players to keep tables balanced and the game fair.

When a player is moved, the software chooses a player that was just the dealer or a person as close to that position as possible. The player is then moved to a new table. When placing a new player, the software attempts to place him/her in the position directly after the dealer, or as close as possible. If the only available position is BB, the player will wait to be placed where he/she doesn’t need to pay a blind.

If there is a table with no players playing (all players are sitting out) the players from this table get integrated with other tables. (The only exception to this is during heads-up tourneys). In the event that there are insufficient players in the satellite tournament to fund a seat to the guaranteed tournament, the prize pool in its entirety will be awarded to the 1st place finisher.


Sit & Go

Sit & Go tournaments are events that do not have a scheduled start time. They start when the needed number of registered players is reached then each participant is notified that the tournament is about to begin.


Heads-up

When a contest is between 2 players only, it is referred to as Heads-up. The rules are the same as Multi-Table play with the exception that the player with the "dealer button" posts the small blind and will act first pre-flop then last for the remainder of the hand. The player who posts the big blind is dealt first.


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Re-buy and Add-on

In this type of tournament, players are allowed to re-enter the game by a new buy-in (rebuy) after losing all the chips. Usually the number of rebuys is not limited. After the first 60 minutes rebuys are not allowed. After the first hour of playing, during the break, players have the option to add-on. It’s similar to a rebuy, only it is made during the break by any player, irrespective of the number of chips he has. The other aspects of the tournament are the same as those of a freeze-out. All the amount resulted from rebuys and add-ons is added to the prize pool. There is no fee on the rebuys and add-ons.


Shoot-out

A shootout is more like a series of mini- SNG tournaments. After distributing the players to their tables, the game goes on until a predefined number of players remains at each table. Than a new round begins while the players left in the game are rearranged at a smaller number of tables. In the last round, players left at each table come together to the final table. The other aspects of the tournament are the same as those of a freezout. For example, considering a tournament with 5 rounds, 2 players at each table and having a maximum of 32 players. There will be 2 players at each of the 16th tables, when there is only one player left at each table, the next round comes and there will be again 2 players at each of the 8 tables newly formed. The game will continue in the same manner till the last round where 2 players will compete at the final table.


Qualifiers

Qualifiers are events where prizes are entries into other larger tournaments. A satellite could award the winner(s) entries into other qualifiers. All qualifier tournaments end when all players have won or qualified for their prizes.


Freerolls

Freerolls are tournaments with guaranteed prize pool that require no Buy-in or registration fees.

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