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A poker tournament, like any other tournament, is one in which poker game proceeds until there is one winner. Tournaments have a low entry fees and extend a significant pot to be won.
In the event of poker that signifies that one player has won all the chips from the other players. In a single poker game, each hand is an individual entity and players can leave the poker game at any moment. But in a poker tournament players must play until eliminated and there is a winner at the end.
The poker tournaments are economical way for beginners to study how to play the poker, as well as a giving a place for more skilled players gather his experience. Therefore this tournaments are a really popular.
While there are many different variations of poker games played at online rooms and casinos, poker tournament play is commonly reserved for the most favourite, such as Texas Holdem, Seven-card Stud, Omaha Holdem, Razz and Badugi, because these games have a large following.
Today a sufficient number of people are actively involved in Internet gambling. An online poker tournament has no considerable dissimilarities from a casino tournament. The main difference is that in online poker games the competitors of the player are not physically present. But the rules of the game, betting structures and basic online poker strategies are known to be the similar. Today almost all poker games are available for playing online.
Poker tournaments can have about ten persons (single table tournaments) or thousands of persons for larger events.
There are several different variants of poker tournaments. Here is a brief tutorial to basic of these tournaments.
- Single table tournament.
Probably the most favourite kind of poker tournament is the single table tournament or STT.
STT allows only a few players at the same board. The most common version of the single table tournament is one with a full poker table - nine or 10 persons, where the pay-out structure gets the best three - commonly the first place player receives about fifth percentage the prize pool, 30% going to second and 20% to third.
You are only competing against the other players at your poker table. These versions of tournaments typically start when the required number of people has registered.
The simplest variant of poker tournament generally does not take more than an hour or so from beginning to end. Eventually, one person acquires all the chips and the poker tournament is completed.
- Multi-table tournament.
Multi-table tournaments (MTT) are big tournaments, where many poker gamblers play on more than one board at the same time until there is one table left, which is known as the final table and commonly consists of 9 persons.
First place gives the most, but multi-table poker tournaments ordinarily pay a larger number of players than a single-table tournament. Ordinarily, the best five percentage to 10% of finishers get certain part of the prize pool.
- Freeroll tournament.
Freeroll poker tournaments are multi-table tournaments with no buy-in however pay out a prize pool of real money. They are absolutely free to enter and very popular. These are a excellent way for novice poker players to start because there is no risk of losing any money however a possibility to win some money in return.
In a Turbo poker tournament, the betting level increases much quicker than in a usual event. The betting level will increase every five or six minutes in a turbo tournaments instead of the standard fifteen.
- Freezeout (Elimination) tournament.
A Freezeout tournaments is the most general type. You pay necessary fee and buy-in and all of the gamblers start with the same number of chips, typically with 800 to 1500. This version of structure means that a gambler must have a solid playing plan. Once a player loses all chips then he is automatically out of the poker tournament. The tournament winner is the participant who successfully wins all the other person’s chips.
Generally, the higher you eliminate the larger percentage of the prize pool you get. Often the prize pool is divided between the best ten players.
- Rebuy/Add-On tournament.
These poker tournaments are dissimilar to the elimination tournaments.
In Rebuy poker tournaments and Rebuy/Add-On poker tournaments players are let to buy more chips after the start.
There are ordinarily different rules about how much and when you can buy. In a Rebuy tournament the interval where rebuys are let is normally the 1st hour of play.
After this period players can no longer rebuy, and the following stage of the tournament is proceeded as a freezeout where players are knocked out if they lose all of their chips.
An add-on is an extra chance to buy chips after the rebuy period is over. Commonly all gamblers are eligible to take the add-on.
Satellites can be played in the form of multi-table poker tournaments or Sit and Go tournaments.
The satellite poker tournament is a special kind of tournament where players qualify in order to take part in larger tournaments. Satellites are a favourite way for gamblers to qualify into a big tournament.
The general idea behind this version of poker tournaments is to supply skillful gamblers the chance to play in a large tournament which these players perhaps cannot have otherwise.
- Sit and Go tournaments.
A Sit and Go poker tournament does not have a fixed starting time. They start as soon as every the seats are taken. This is the only difference in playing a Sit and Go tournament instead of other poker tournament.
There are many variants of Sit & Go poker tournaments available: single-table, multi-table and heads-up tournaments.
- Heads-Up Tournaments.
Heads-up means acting 1-on-1, dueling one player against other player. It is a specific situation in poker game demanding a significant degree of strategical knowledge, good instincts and lots of aggression at the poker table. Unnecessary to note this is the variations of poker most difficult to master.
Heads-up tournaments are tournaments played by pairing the participating players round after round in a Olympic system - just like in playoffs for example.
- Guaranteed Tournaments.
Guaranteed tournaments are multi-table tournaments where the poker room guarantees a certain amount of minimum prize money, irrespective of how many players buy-in to the tournament.
- Shoot-Out Tournaments.
It is like to multi-table elimination tournaments. Players begin with the same amount of chips. All tables must find one table-winner before the tournament can progress to the next stage. The table-winners are then gathered on a final table to battle for the prize money.