Tournaments Types and Features
Multi-table Poker Tournaments
A typical poker tournament is a multi-table tournament, that is, any poker tournament that has more than one table involved. In a multi-table poker tournament, players are often transferred to other tables as the people are eliminated. This keeps the number of players at each table as balanced as possible. While try to make sure that players stay as close to the original position relative to the dealer button when they move, players can on occasion get moved from a blind position to another blind position.
Sit & Go
Sit & Go tournaments are events that do not begin at a scheduled start time but instead begin when enough players have registered. Once the set number of players has been reached andd the field is full each participant is notified that the tournament is about to start. Sit & Go tournaments are usually (but not always) smaller than standard multi-table tournaments.
Sometimes a tournaments can be just between two players only. These types of matches are known as Heads-up matches or tournaments. A Heads-up Shoot-out format are a combination of heads-up with multi-table tournaments and involve you playing one player at a time until you either win or are eliminated from the whole tournament. These are great ways to improve your end-game skills.
Add-on & Re-buy Tournaments
Some tournaments allow you to make a Re-buy or Add-on during a predetermined time period in the tournament. An Add-on tournament means that you can buy more chips to add to your stack during the first portion of the tournament with the money you pay going into the prize pool. A Re-buy tournament, likewise, allows you to buy back into a tournament should you be knocked out before a certain period of time.
Freeze-outs are the traditional format of poker tournaments and involve players making a single buy-in and being eliminated when they lose the last of their chips. As players are knocked out the tables are combined with other tables until there is one final table and ultimately there is one player left with all the chips.
Shoot-out tournaments have a limited number of players competing on different tables. The tournament is broken down into rounds with players competing to beat everyone at their table to advance to the next round. So in Round 1 players compete until there is only one person left at each table. In round 2 the winners from round 1 are then combined at other tables and they again play until there is one player left with all the chips. A Shoot-out tournament can have between two (Heads-up) and 10 players on each table competing over one or more rounds.
Satellite tournaments, (also known as qualifiers) are events where the prizes are entries into other larger tournaments with bigger buy-ins and a larger prize pool. Satellite can even award entry into other satellites. A player could turn a small buy-in for a satellite into a big win at a much larger tournament by winning ever increasing satellites. All satellite tournaments end when all players have won or qualified for their prizes.
Golden Goose Gaming poker loves to reward its players with regular tournaments that are free to enter but offer a prize pool provided by Golden Goose. These types of tournaments are known as Freerolls and have no buy-in, registration fees, and no risks or conditions. They are simply your shot to practice the game while still playing for real cash, 100% risk free.