PokerStars tournaments details
When it comes to tournaments, PokerStars offers the best line-up to be found anywhere. From MTTs (Multi-table tournaments), Freerolls and Sit n’ Go’s to major event qualifiers, PokerStars offers them all. Buy-ins range from Free up to $320, with a full schedule of guaranteed prize pool events including the Sunday $1 Million Dollar guaranteed tournament. Players also qualify for exclusive freeroll events during the month depending on the VIP level they attain with their FPPs.
How to play a PokerStars Tournament?
To play in a PokerStars tournament you have to download their software first. The next step is installing the software and registering. When that's done, select the "Tourney" tab from the main PokerStars lobby. Once you click on any PokerStars tournament displayed in the window, information about that tournament will appear in the information box at the right. Under the tournament information - on the right - you will see ‘tourney lobby' and clicking on it will take you to all of that tournament's information. Also underneath ‘tourney lobby' you will find ‘register' which obviously allows you to register for the tournament you have highlighted. Double clicking on the tournament you have highlighted, will open the tournament lobby window and you can register there also. Click the Register button and you will see if there is a fee to register, or if it requires FPP, or if it's a freeroll. You will receive notice that you are confirmed once you have registered. The rest is quite simple, leave the PokerStars client open and you will be notified when the tournament starts and taken to your seat automatically.
Shootouts are a special multi-table tournament. In a shootout tournament, you remain at your original table until only one player is left. The last player, at each table, is moved to another table and the tournament resumes, until only one player is left. In a double shootout game everything is as above, but you need to win two tables to win the event, in a triple shootout - three.
Satellites are smaller tournaments in which the prize is usually an entry into a larger tournament. Example: If you win a $20+$2 satellite tournament you receive a free entry to a $200+$20 buy-in tournament. For each additional 10 players, another fee seat into a $200 tournament is awarded. Example: If there are 10 players, one seat will be given away, if there are 20 players, 2 seats and if there are, for example, 24 players, the prize pool will be 2 seats and $80 for the third place.
Freerolls are free tournaments. Yes, completely free. There is no buy-in, nor entry fee, but there is always a prize at the end of the tournament, sometimes a seat in a bigger freeroll, or a seat in a satellite to a big tournament, or even cash. It is possible to start with -0- in your PokerStars account and play in freerolls and win money. The PokerStars freeroll tournaments are easily found by clicking the Tourney tab in the lobby and then clicking the ‘freeroll' tab.
PokerStars Sit & Go Tournaments
These tournaments start fast - when all the seats are filled - and there is no daily time schedule, they run 24/7. There are usually 9 players playing and 3 places are paid. First place wins 50% of the prize pool, 30% for second place, and 20% for third place. Multi-table Sit-n-Go's are also popular on PokerStars. As players are eliminated, tables are combined and the tournament continues.
Heads up is a game with 2 players only. Winner takes all.
A rebuy tournament allows players to buy more chips during the game. In a regular tournament, whenever you are out of chips, you are forced to leave the game, however in Rebuy tournaments you can rebuy and continue to play. The rebuy period is available for a certain time only and normally has a final add-on option available at the end of the rebuy period. There are also tournaments with a fixed number of rebuys. On PokerStars you will be automatically offered the rebuy whenever you are out of chips.
Deep Stack Tournaments
Deep Stack tournaments are less known, but are becoming very popular. Deep Stack means that each player starts the game with more chips. Usually PokerStars Deep Stack tournaments start with 5,000 chips.
PokerStars 6-MAX tournaments
6-max means that instead of the usual 9 seat poker tables, there will be 6 seats only. 6-max tournaments are usually shown in the lobby in a light blue color.
PokerStars Turbo Tournaments
In these tournaments, blinds increase much faster. Usually, blinds increase every 5 minutes, in standard tournament it is 15 minutes