Understanding the Different Poker Tournament Types

by admin on August 17, 2012

This is a guest post by Harrison James.

There is more than one type of poker tournament. Whether playing in an online poker room such as http://poker.paddypower.com/online-poker or in a gambling den or casino, if you want to get in on the real money tournament scene, you need to learn the different poker tournament types.


Learning the Ropes of the Poker Tournament Types

Once you have mastered the game of poker and have become familiar with one or more variations of the game, you might consider moving up from a single poker table to a poker tournament. Poker tournaments can be fun and exciting. They can also be overwhelming. Oftentimes a poker tournament is not as straightforward as it may seem. New players are often confused when it comes to the size of the tournament, the tournament events and even the types of poker tournaments that are available to them.

Multi-Table Tournaments

Multi-table tournaments are the most common type of poker tournament that is played today.

In a multi-table tournament, players start playing at a designated time. They are assigned to a specific poker table. Each table in the tournament has the same number of players. As players are eliminated from the tournament, poker tables are broken down. If a table plays down to only two or three tables, the table is broken up and the players are moved to other tables within the tournament. This process continues until there is only one table left in the tournament. Welcome to the Final Table, baby!

Sit and Go

Smaller tournaments tend to be sit and go tournaments. These tournaments feature fewer tables – often only one or two tables. Players sign up for the tournament and take a seat at either of the tables. When the seats are full, the tournament starts. Players participate at their table continuously until only the top players remain. Rewards are often given to the top two or three players. Sit and Go tournaments are often used to satellite into large, multi-table tournaments.

Shootout Tournament

A shootout tournament encompasses features of both multi-table tournaments and sit and go tournaments. Players begin by playing at one particular table. Once the winner of the table is crowned, the winning players move on to play against the winning players of the other tables until a tournament champion is determined.

As you can see, there are a variety of poker tournament types to select from. If you are new to tournament poker, I suggest you find a tournament featuring your best and favorite game, find an entry level that you are comfortable with, and give it a shot!

See you on the felt.

About the author – Harrison is a 40ish semi-pro poker player just trying to stay ahead of the young bucks of the game. His speciality is short-handed no-limit poker.

photo by: maorix

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