Poker Match Varieties – PokerStars Structured Tournaments

Tournament Types Formula

We’re the world’s largest on-line poker site and residential of the largest tournaments, with the largest fields and the largest prize swimming pools. We run probably the most tournaments, in probably the most poker variants, in probably the most match varieties. You’ll discover hyperlinks above to explanations of all of our totally different match choices, from Sit & Go’s to Multi-Desk Tournaments, to Satellites.

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How Poker Tournaments work

All gamers begin a normal poker match with the identical quantity of chips. As play goes on, the obligatory blinds and antes improve at common intervals, and when a participant loses all of their chips, they’re out of the match. The final participant standing is asserted the winner, and is rewarded with the largest portion of the prize pool.

The way to play in one among our tournaments

You may discover tournaments listed underneath the Tourney tab (desktop), or underneath the Match tab accessed by way of the Foyer (cellular). Different sorts of tournaments may be discovered underneath the related tabs, comparable to Sit & Go. Deciding on any match means that you can discover out all the pieces you should know, from the sport being performed to the buy-in, construction, and likewise whether or not registration is open. Click on ‘Register’ to play the match.

In all of our tournaments, every participant is assigned a random seat and desk. In video games with a rotating vendor, the vendor button will begin on seat 1. Gamers are solely given a sure period of time to behave – when you take too lengthy, a reminder will seem and you might also be given the choice to activate the ‘Time Financial institution’ to get some further time to assume.

Clicking on the ‘Information’ tab within the desk window means that you can discover out up-to-date details about the match – comparable to your present place and the common chip stack. Extra detailed details about the match may be seen within the Match Foyer.

Poker Match Cash (T-Cash)

T-Cash can then be used to register for different tournaments. Please be aware that T-Cash will not be the identical as actual cash, as a result of you possibly can’t use it in money video games or withdraw it. You may verify your T-Cash balances at any time by clicking the ‘Cashier’.

On some events, we could have to unregister you from a match in your behalf. If you happen to discover that you simply want us to do that, contact our help group utilizing the ‘Assist > Contact Help’ choice within the desktop foyer, or entry the Extra menu and discover help by means of the cellular app, and we shall be completely happy to help you. Don’t overlook to offer the ID variety of the match that you simply wish to unregister from.

Bounty Tournaments

In bounty tournaments, a particular reward is awarded to the one that eliminates a selected participant. For instance, if there’s a bounty on the pinnacle of ‘KidPoker’, whoever eliminates him wins an additional reward!

We provide three sorts of bounty match:

  • Mounted: There’s a bounty on the pinnacle of a number of ‘marked’ gamers. These gamers are designated within the match foyer with a ‘goal’ image’. Hover over that concentrate on image along with your mouse to see the quantity of the bounty. Remove the marked participant to win the bounty!
  • Crew Professional: There’s a bounty on the pinnacle of each member of Crew Professional who enters the match. Remove any professional (marked with a purple spade image on the desk and within the match foyer) to assert their bounty!
  • Knockout: There’s a bounty on the pinnacle of each participant within the match. For extra data on Knockouts, see beneath.

You may rapidly discover bounty tournaments within the desktop foyer by searching for the suitable image. These with a black ‘crosshair’ image are knockout tournaments, these with a black ‘goal’ are fastened bounty tournaments, and people with a purple ‘goal’ are Crew Professional bounty tournaments.

Bubble Rush

Bubble Rush tournaments are designed to achieve the cash rapidly. Normally within the cash in about an hour, Bubble Rush tournaments decelerate to deep-stacked play when the winnings are highest!

Colour Scheme

The next key describes the colours used to determine several types of on-line match on our platform.

  • Reside Occasions – Tournaments in purple are typically satellites to a significant dwell poker occasion, such because the European Poker Tour (EPT).
  • Satellites to On-line Tourneys – This darkish blue colour is used to determine satellites to on-line tournaments.
  • Championship (*COOP) Occasions / Satellites – Some main on-line occasions, just like the Portuguese Championship of On-line Poker and SCOOP, and their satellites, are recognized in shiny orange.
  • Ladies’s Occasions – Occasions open solely to feminine gamers are recognized in magenta.
  • Freerolls and Play Cash – If you happen to’re searching for a possibility to play without cost whereas nonetheless having an opportunity to win one thing, then search for these brown colours within the consumer.
  • Particular Tournaments – Vibrant, daring purple is used to determine particular occasions all through the week, such because the The Each day Bigs.

The colour scheme listed above is for data solely and topic to vary. Some particular tournaments could also be recognized utilizing different colours particular to that occasion.


‘Fifty50’ is a sort of one-table Sit & Go match. In a Fifty50 Sit & Go, the occasion ends when half of the entrants have been eradicated. For instance, in a 10-player Fifty50 match, 5 shall be paid. Half of the prize pool shall be distributed equally among the many 5 winners, and the opposite half of the prize pool shall be distributed amongst those self same 5 gamers based mostly on the chip rely percentages on the finish of the occasion. The Sixth-10th place finishers win nothing. So, in a 10-player €10+€1 Fifty50, the prize pool is €100. Every of the ultimate 5 finishers would obtain €10 every, plus a share of the remaining €50 within the prize pool. Yow will discover Fifty50 tournaments on desktop underneath the ‘Sit & Go’ tab. Choose ‘Fifty50’ from the Variant filter. On cellular, seek for ‘Fifty50’ within the ‘Sit & Go’ tab accessed by way of the Foyer.

As a extra detailed instance, in a €100+€10 match with ten entrants, the whole prize pool is €1,000. Every participant begins with 1,500 chips.

Instance Chips Chip % Chip Prize +Purchase-in Whole Prize
Participant 1 4,300 28.67% €143 +€100 €243
Participant 2 3,600 24.00% €120 +€100 €220
Participant 3 3,100 20.67% €103 +€100 €203
Participant 4 2,300 15.33% €77 +€100 €177
Participant 5 1,700 11.33% €57 +€100 €157
Whole 15,000 100.00% €500 +€500 €1,000

To calculate the worth of Participant 1’s chips, multiply half the prize pool (€500) by Participant 1’s portion of the whole chips in play (4300/15000), a complete of €143. Including the returned buy-in awarded to every participant who cashes leads to Participant 1’s complete prize quantity of €243 (€143+€100). As a method, a person’s payout can be expresses as:

Tournament Types Formula

The Fifty50 match foyer shows the approximate quantity per 100 chips to be paid out when the match ends. The worth displayed within the Fifty50 match foyer is rounded all the way down to the closest cent, however payouts are calculated in order that your entire prize pool is paid out. Word that the ultimate payouts could expertise small rounding variations as a way to be sure that the whole payouts equal the prize pool.

Assured Tournaments

In a lot of our money tournaments, the prize pool is assured to achieve a certain quantity. Common ensures vary from €10 to €5,000 or extra! To see the total vary of those tournaments, go to the ‘Tourney’ foyer and enter the phrase ‘assure’ within the match filter.

Heads-Up Tournaments

One other type of a shootout match is a Heads-Up match, additionally referred to as a 1-on-1 match. This can be a match the place gamers are matched in pairs, and play a ‘bracket’ match till there is just one participant left. Simply as in different shootout tournaments late registration will not be allowed in Heads-Up tournaments. For many heads-up multi-table tournaments, the time restrict for unregistration is 5 minutes (versus two minutes in most different tournaments). Please verify the Match Information window for particulars concerning unregistration from anyone particular match.

There could not at all times be a quantity divisible by the facility of two (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64) registered for a selected Heads-Up match, which is important to fill a heads-up bracket. When this occurs, not all gamers will be capable to play the primary spherical – they’ll obtain ‘byes’.

For instance, if 10 gamers enter a Heads-Up match, there can be greater than Eight however fewer than 16 gamers. In an effort to play the match out correctly, the match will first must be introduced down to eight gamers. In an effort to get the quantity down from 10 to eight gamers, Four gamers will play (thus eliminating two) and 6 gamers will get a ‘bye’ and are mechanically within the quarter-finals.

We provide Heads-Up tournaments with byes and with out byes. That is clearly marked when you click on the ‘Match Information’ button within the match foyer. If a match doesn’t permit ‘byes’, the final gamers to register could have their buy-ins returned as a way to get the occasion to a beginning complete of gamers which is an influence of two (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and many others). Within the above instance (with 10 gamers entered) the final two gamers to register wouldn’t get to play, as Eight is the closest energy of two which is lower than 10.

Many Heads-Up tournaments have a ‘Present Bracket’ button within the foyer the place you possibly can see a visible illustration of how the matches will play out.


hyper-turbo occasion is one by which the blind ranges improve extraordinarily rapidly – even sooner than in a turbo match. The size of every spherical (earlier than the blinds/antes improve) in a hyper-turbo match is often Three minutes.

Hyper-Turbo satellites are a good way to rapidly win your seat in an occasion just some minutes earlier than it begins!


In Knockout tournaments, a money bounty is positioned on each entrant within the match. Each time you eradicate anyone, you win a money prize! The winner of a knockout match wins their very own bounty.

In a knockout match, each participant pays an additional buy-in, which serves as that participant’s bounty. For instance, a knockout match may need a complete buy-in of €20+€5+€2, of which €20 goes into the common prize pool, €5 is every participant’s bounty, and €2 is the match price.

Yow will discover knockout tournaments within the foyer, marked with a black ‘crosshair’ image – or sort ‘knockout’ into the match filter to rapidly discover what you’re searching for!

Multi-Stack Tournaments

An attention-grabbing, enjoyable variant of rebuy tournaments, in Multi-Stack tournaments every participant’s beginning chips are divided into equal-sized smaller stacks. Every participant then decides how most of the out there stacks they wish to begin with, and what number of to maintain in reserve for later. A participant can reload (add out there remaining stacks) later. The full variety of out there stacks for every participant is posted within the match foyer and is similar for all gamers in that occasion. There isn’t a further value for including an out there stack.

For instance, a participant in a Multi-Stack match could have 5 stacks of 1,000 chips out there, for a complete of 5,000 chips. Initially of the match, that participant could select to play with the minimal of 1 stack (1,000 chips), or can select so as to add all or any of their 4 remaining stacks at the moment. In the course of the match, a participant can select so as to add remaining stacks at any time by clicking the ‘Add Stacks’ button on the desk, or ‘Add Chips’ within the vendor tray or ‘Choices’ menu. These buttons will solely be seen if stacks are nonetheless out there. Word: Stacks shall be added on the finish of the present hand; they won’t be in play throughout the present hand.

If a participant loses all of their chips in play, they are going to be supplied the choice so as to add any remaining stacks, and shall be required so as to add not less than one stack. If just one stack stays, it will likely be mechanically added. As soon as a participant loses the entire chips out there in all of their out there stacks, they’re eradicated from the match.

A restricted period of time shall be out there for gamers so as to add out there stacks, as specified within the match foyer. Any stacks which haven’t been added by the top of that point will mechanically be added to every participant’s chip complete.

You may see what number of stacks a participant has out there by scrolling over their identify within the foyer participant checklist, or by scrolling over the ‘stack’ image by their seat on the desk. If no image seems by a participant’s seat, they’ve used all of their out there stacks.

Multi-Desk Tournaments

In a multi-table match (MTT), gamers begin with an equal, fastened variety of chips. Gamers at quite a few tables compete for each other’s chips because the blinds and/or antes improve incrementally. Whenever you run out of chips, you might be eradicated from the match. As gamers are eradicated, tables are ‘damaged’, which means gamers are moved to maintain tables full, or evenly ‘balanced’. Ultimately, the previous few surviving gamers with chips are introduced collectively on the ultimate desk, the place the winner is the person who wins all of the chips from his or her opponents. Money prizes are awarded to high finishers on the idea of variety of match entries.

Flighted Tournaments

Flighted match is one by which some variety of ranges originally of the match are performed non-concurrently from the top of the match, for various teams of gamers. Gamers can select from totally different beginning flights that start at totally different instances. Every beginning flight will play the identical period of time, after which all remaining gamers will later mix in a single, bigger match. Flighted tournaments permit the schedule flexibility usually related to smaller-field tournaments, whereas nonetheless having fun with the big prize swimming pools related to larger-field tournaments. Chip counts on the finish of Part 1 shall be carried over into the following spherical. 

For instance, a match may need Flight 1 on Friday at 12:00, one other Flight 1 on Saturday at 12:00, after which conclude with a Flight 2 match on Sunday at 12:00. Entrants would play for a specified variety of ranges (or till elimination) on Friday and/or Saturday, and all gamers that survive would mix to complete the match at 12:00 on Sunday.

Whenever you enter a Flighted match you should be sure that you’ll be out there to play sooner or later flights, as you can not unregister from Flight 2 (or past) in Flighted tournaments.

Flighted tournaments permit for a number of entries into the primary flights. For instance, when you play Flight 1 and are eradicated, it’s possible you’ll enter one other Flight 1 and begin once more originally. You can not qualify for the following spherical greater than as soon as, so when you survive Flight 1, you’ll then be unable to enter one other Flight 1 resulting in the identical Flight 2. Word that when you survive Flight 1 with even one chip, you’ll nonetheless advance to Flight 2, and won’t be able to play one other Flight 1.

Many of the high-profile tournaments seen on TV are primarily flighted tournaments, with the entry flights often known as Day 1A, Day 1B, Day 1C, and many others.

Progressive Knockouts

Progressive Knockout tournaments are an thrilling variant of KO Poker. Like a normal KO match, you win money each time you knock out an opponent, however there’s a twist: you win a part of the eradicated participant’s bounty instantly, however a few of it’s added to YOUR bounty (often 50%). As you eradicate extra gamers, your personal bounty turns into larger and larger, making you a most well-liked goal for different bounty hunters.

Most Progressive Knockout tournaments put half of your buy-in into the prize pool, with the opposite half as your personal beginning bounty. There are exceptions to this, most notably within the ‘Saturday Particular’ editions of the Bounty Builders tournaments, the place 25% of your buy-in goes into the prize pool and 75% is your beginning bounty.

Most Progressive KOs work like this:

  • 50% of the buy-in goes to the prize pool
  • 50% of the buy-in funds every participant’s preliminary bounty
  • 50% of the bounty is progressive, which means that once you knock a participant out, you pocket half of their bounty worth, with the opposite half added to your personal bounty worth.

Rebuy Tournaments

rebuy match is one by which you will have the chance to purchase extra chips throughout the occasion. In a normal ‘freezeout’ match, once you run out of chips, you are out of the match. In a rebuy match, you possibly can (with some restrictions) purchase extra chips.

Listed below are some info about rebuy tournaments:

  • There’s a ‘rebuy interval’ originally of the match. A typical rebuy interval may be the primary hour of the occasion (till the primary break begins). As soon as that interval is over, no extra rebuys are permitted.
  • In the course of the rebuy interval, there could also be a hard and fast variety of rebuys out there, or an infinite quantity.
  • If you happen to run utterly out of chips, you’ll mechanically be supplied a rebuy (if one is on the market). At any time when you will have chips, you possibly can click on on the vendor tray and choose the ‘Add Extra Chips’ choice to rebuy. If you happen to’re not eligible for a rebuy (since you’ve reached the utmost variety of rebuys, or as a result of there’s a most variety of chips the place rebuys are allowed), you may get a message to that impact. 

    On the whole, it’s possible you’ll rebuy utilizing the ‘Add Extra Chips’ button within the vendor tray any time your stack is lower than or equal to the beginning chip stack. This implies you possibly can rebuy as soon as earlier than the match even begins! 

    The rebuy could value any quantity, however typically prices the identical as the unique buy-in, and will get you an identical variety of chips that you simply acquired on your authentic buy-in.

  • There can also be an ‘add-on’ out there on the finish of the rebuy interval. Usually this shall be throughout the first break. An add-on is only one further rebuy. The add-on won’t be mechanically supplied to you. To take the add-on, look ahead to the message that ‘Gamers at the moment are on break’. Click on on the vendor tray and choose the ‘Add Extra Chips’ choice. On the whole, the add-on is on the market irrespective of what number of chips you will have.

    The add-on could value any quantity, however typically prices the identical as the unique buy-in, and will get you an identical, or greater variety of chips that you simply acquired on your authentic buy-in. The prize pool and payoffs won’t be introduced till the rebuy interval ends, because the prize pool will increase with every rebuy.

Re-entry Tournaments

A re-entry match is one by which you will have the chance to enter an occasion once more after you will have already been eradicated from that occasion. In re-entry tournaments, once you lose all of your chips you’ll be supplied the power to re-enter instantly. If you happen to select to not re-enter at the moment, you possibly can nonetheless register usually from the match foyer any time throughout the late registration interval. A number of entries on the identical time will not be allowed.

Re-entry tournaments are just like rebuy tournaments, however are totally different in a couple of methods:

  • Whenever you lose all of your chips in a re-entry match, you might be eradicated from the occasion and obtain a spot within the ending order.
  • In a rebuy match, once you rebuy you retain your seat. In a re-entry match, you’ll obtain a brand new seat, and shall be seated like every other new participant, often ending up at a distinct desk.
  • In a re-entry match, every entry is taken into account a brand new registration in that occasion, so that you pay a brand new price as when you had been a brand new participant becoming a member of the match. Re-entries additionally earn reward factors for the charges paid.

Re-entries will present within the match standings with the variety of that entry subsequent to the ID of the participant. For instance, if KidPoker enters an occasion 3 times, his entries would present within the ending checklist as KidPoker, KidPoker [2], KidPoker [3].

Word {that a} re-entry match could restrict the variety of instances you possibly can re-enter. This quantity shall be famous within the match foyer. After you have used up the allowed variety of re-entries, you’ll not be allowed to play once more in that occasion.


satellite tv for pc is a match by which the prize is an entry into a bigger match. It may be inexpensive to enter a satellite tv for pc than it could be to enter the principle match straight. We run one-table and multi-table Sit & Go satellites, which you could find underneath the ‘Sit & Go’ tab. Multi-table satellites are also scheduled as common tournaments, and the sign-up particulars and play are similar to different multi-table tournaments, with one vital distinction – the match will solely play all the way down to the quantity required to award the entire equal-value seats. Yow will discover these MTT occasions underneath the ‘Tourney’ tab (cellular) or by deciding on ‘Satellite tv for pc’ from the ‘Kind’ filter within the ‘Tournaments’ desktop foyer. An instance of how a satellite tv for pc works:

The buy-in for the bigger match is €200. The buy-in for the satellite tv for pc is €20. If there are 10 entrants (into the satellite tv for pc), first place will get a €200 entry to the bigger match. If there are 20 entrants, then 1st and 2nd locations will each obtain a €200 entry to the bigger match. If there’s any leftover prize cash, it will likely be distributed to the runners up as per the satellite tv for pc’s payout construction, which is on the market by means of the match foyer.

If there’s a price to enter both a match or satellite tv for pc, it will likely be denoted by stating the buy-in quantity and the entry price. A value of ‘€30+€3’ signifies that the buy-in is €30, and the entry price is €3. The €30 goes to the prize pool which the gamers compete for, whereas the €Three entry price is taken as compensation for internet hosting the match. In most tournaments that are named, the buy-in and price is mixed for the sake of brevity within the title. For instance, the above talked about match, if it’s a satellite tv for pc to the Sunday Particular (for instance), would seemingly be named ‘Sunday Particular: €33 satellite tv for pc’. Detailed data on the breakdown of buy-in plus entry price is proven within the match foyer.


shootout is a particular form of multi-table match. Usually, once you play in a multi-table match, gamers are moved from desk to desk to stability the variety of gamers at every desk. Ultimately, the final remaining gamers find yourself on the ‘ultimate desk.’ In a shootout, no such desk balancing is completed. You stay at your authentic desk till just one participant is left standing. If you happen to win that desk, you advance to a different desk and repeat the method towards gamers who every gained their first desk.

In a DOUBLE SHOOTOUT, you should win two tables to win the occasion, though usually there’s some cash for everyone who reaches the ultimate desk. Every beginning desk is performed to its conclusion; the ultimate desk is fashioned of the winners of the primary spherical matches. For instance, a full Stud Double Shootout may begin with Eight full tables, a complete of 64 gamers, in Spherical 1. Every of these Eight tables would play down to 1 winner, and the Eight winners would then be dropped at a second desk for Spherical 2, the place they might play till there’s one winner.

In a TRIPLE SHOOTOUT, you could win three tables to win your entire occasion (once more, there could be some prize cash distributed alongside the best way). For instance, assuming a normal (9 gamers per desk) triple shootout is full, in Spherical 1 the 729 gamers shall be positioned, 9 per desk, at 81 tables inside the match. Every desk will play till there’s one participant remaining with the entire chips from that desk. The 81 remaining gamers will then be moved to 9 tables for Spherical 2. As in Spherical 1, every desk will play till one participant has the entire chips from their desk. Lastly, the 9 remaining gamers will advance to the ultimate desk for Spherical 3, the place the winner of the match shall be decided.

Word that this complete course of could possibly be prolonged to quadruple shootouts and on up. Additionally, the tables do not essentially have to start out at 9 gamers every. As an example, prior to now we now have supplied triple shootouts with four-player tables (a complete of 64 gamers in every occasion). Additionally be aware that if a shootout will not be stuffed to capability when it begins, among the tables in Spherical 1 might have extra gamers than others. Late registration will not be out there in shootout tournaments.

Sit & Go

Sit & Go (S&G or SNG) is a match which doesn’t have a pre-assigned begin time; it merely begins when all of the seats are stuffed. There are lots of sorts of Sit & Go, ranging in measurement from heads-up to 360 gamers, in each satellite tv for pc and money match kind. These tournaments may be discovered by clicking on the ‘Sit & Go’ tab in the principle consumer foyer window.


A Splash match is a particular form of turbo rebuy match (often a satellite tv for pc) by which the degrees improve at turbo velocity, however the rebuy time is 90 minutes in size. The out there chips – together with the beginning stack, rebuy, and add-on – are tailor-made to every occasion. You’ll want to verify underneath the ‘Match Information’ button for detailed construction information.

Time Tourneys

Time Tourney is a particular form of match which has a pre-set length. The time for the occasion is indicated within the match identify and within the match foyer. On the finish of the set quantity of taking part in time, the occasion will cease and all remaining gamers will obtain a distribution of the prize pool based mostly on their ending chip rely. Time Tourneys are indicated by a ‘clock’ image within the match foyer.

Time Tourneys are supplied all through the day in durations of 15, 25 and 45 minutes of taking part in time. 


turbo occasion is one by which the blind ranges improve a lot sooner than in commonplace play. The size of every spherical (earlier than the blinds/antes improve) in a turbo match is often 5 minutes (versus the usual 10 or 15), although there are some turbo occasions with 6-minute rounds.

Turbo rebuy occasions often go on break at 30 minutes, versus 60 minutes in a normal rebuy occasion.


In a Zoom match, you possibly can fold your hand and instantly transfer to a brand new desk with new opponents (chosen randomly from your entire pool of gamers who’ve entered the match). You may even use the ‘Quick Fold’ button to fold earlier than it’s your flip to behave. This makes it a quick poker format, as you don’t have to attend round for every hand to play out earlier than taking part in the following one. See the Zoom web page for extra on the way it works.

Word that in Zoom tournaments, when the participant pool will get small, with solely the previous few tables remaining, the match reverts again to a standard freezeout format.

6-Max and 4-Max

6-Max’ within the match’s title signifies that at every desk there shall be 6 seats, as a substitute of the same old 7 to 10 (relying on the sport). We additionally provide ‘4-Max‘ occasions with Four seats at every desk.

Some poker variations are at all times performed with 6 or fewer seats on the desk. Examples are 8-Sport Combine and Deuce to Seven (2-7) Triple Draw.

Please be aware that in 4-Max tournaments, the ultimate desk will kind when 5 gamers stay. That is performed to take away the inequity of getting one desk play 3-handed and the opposite one heads-up.

Word that most of the guidelines described above are ‘typical’ or ‘regular.’ We’ll make each effort to obviously state any deviations from typical guidelines, however the precise particulars for every match will at all times be posted within the match’s foyer or underneath the ‘Match Information’ tab in that foyer.

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