Las Vegas Gambling Tips: Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 2 — Multiple Poker Tournaments
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By: Victor H. Royer
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Playing Internet Tournaments — Part 2 — Multiple Poker Tournaments
Multitable tournaments generally mirror precisely the kind of tournaments with which you may be familiar in the real-world brick-and-mortar type casino and poker rooms and card rooms that feature and offer them. Such multitable tournaments usually take the form and structure of the well-known WPT and WSOP tournaments, and consequently they are easily understood by anyone who has already played in a land-based poker tournament. For those who are familiar only with the Internet, playing multitable poker tournaments is very easy. The word “multitable” clearly indicates that this is a tournament that will be played on several tables, and that therefore there will be many participants.
How many such participants there will be is usually dependent on two factors, one of which is the number of entrants who choose to purchase the buy-in, and the other is by the number of players to which that particular Internet poker site chooses to limit the participants. For example, many very common Internet poker tournaments may be limited to, say, 1500 participants.
This means that the available number of tables for that multitable tournament is limited to that maximum number of players. Sometimes, that can be a great many more, often up to 4000, and sometimes even more than that. Generally, however, the number of actual players who choose to buy in to such tournaments tends to be generally somewhere between 400 and 800 players. That also depends on the amount of the buy-in itself.
For example, some of the very common low buy-in tournaments that feature a buy-in of $5 + $.50, sometimes with unlimited rebuys during the first hour, plus an add-on, are tournaments that very often can be comprised of upwards of 1000 players. On the other hand, there might be other tournaments with buy-ins such as $50 + $4, and those may only have about 300 players. It all depends not only on the tournament itself, and not only on the amount of money that is required to enter it, but also on the time of day, the time during which the tournament is scheduled, and many other factors.
Generally speaking, the low buy-in tournaments will have a great many more players, while the higher buy-in tournaments will have commensurately fewer entrants, and the incentive or freeroll tournaments such as may be offered on many Internet poker sites as reward to their players will probably have upwards of 1500 players, and often 4000, or perhaps even more. All of these tournaments have the same thing in common, and that is that they are multitable tournaments, which simply means that you will be competing against a vast field of players.
We will continue with this discussion in the next issue.
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