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Poker Stars, the largest online poker room hosts many different types of online poker tournaments. These poker tournaments are elimination games that run until one player has all the chips and prizes are distributed to a number of top finishers depending on the nubmer of entrants.

In multi-table tournaments, players start with set number of poker chips. Players are distributed across multiple poker tables and compete for one anothers chips with blinds/antes increasing a regular intervals. As the poker tournament progresses and players are eliminated tables are rearranged or moved to other tables keeping tables full and as even as possible. As the end of the poker tournament comes there are fewer and fewer players, those with chips remaining make up the final table where the winner will eventually have to beat all other opponents at the table. Cash prizes are distributed across the top finishers of the tournament depending on how many poker players enter the tournament.

Types of Poker Stars Tournments:


A shootout poker tournament is a special kind of multi-table poker tournament. Normally, in a multi-table tournament, players are moved from table to table to balance the number of poker players at each table. Eventually, the fortunate last nine players end up at the "final table". In a Poker Stars Shootout, no table balancing is performed. Poker players remain at their original table until one player left. If you win your table, you advance to another table and repeat the process against new poker players who have also won their initial table.

In a Poker Stars DOUBLE SHOOTOUT poker tournament, players need to win two tables to win the event, although often there is some money for everybody who makes the second table. Each starting table is played to its conclusion; the final table is formed of the winners of the first round matches.

In a Poker Stars TRIPLE SHOOTOUT poker tournament, poker players must win three tables to win the entire event. For example, assuming a 9 player table and the triple shootout is full, 729 players will be placed, 9 per table, at 81 tables within the tournament. Each table will play until there is one poker player remaining with all of the chips from that table. The 81 players remaining will then be moved to 9 tables for Round 2. As in Round 1, each table will play until one player has all of the chips from that table. Finally, the 9 remaining players will advance to the final table, where the Champion of the tournament shall be determined.

Note that this whole shootout tournament process could be extended to quadruple shootouts and on up. Also, the tables don't necessarily have to start at nine players each. For instance, in the past Poker Stars has ran triple shootout tournaments with four-player tables (a total of 64 players in each event).

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Poker Stars SATELLITE Tournaments

A satellite poker tournament is a tournament in which the prize is an entry into a larger poker tournament. Satellite tournaments can be less expensive to enter than it would be to enter the main tournament directly. For example, while the main poker tournament may carry a $200 buy-in, one can buy into a satellite for $20 and win a $200 seat in the main tournament. Multi-table satellites are scheduled as regular tournaments, and the sign-up details and play is identical.

Here is an example of how a Poker Stars satellite tournament would work: the main tournament buy in is $200 and the buy in for the satellite tournament is $20. If there are 10 entrants (into the satellite), first place will get an entry to the larger tournament. If there are 20 entrants then 1st and 2nd place will receive entry to the larger tournament. If there is any leftover prize money, it will be distributed to the runners up as per the satellite’s payout structure, which is available through the tournament lobby.

If there is a cost to enter either a Poker Stars tournament or satellite, it will be denoted by stating the buy-in amount and the entry fee. A cost of "30+3" indicates that the buy-in is $30, and the entry fee is $3. The $30 goes to the prize pool which the players compete for, while the $3 entry fee is taken as compensation for hosting the tournament.

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Poker Stars FREEROLL Tournaments

Another type of tournament at Poker Stars is a "freeroll", in which entry is completely free. There is no buy-in and no entry fee, but there are cash prizes available to win.

These free roll tournaments can be easily found on Poker Stars by clicking on the "Tourney" tab in the main client window, and then on the "Freeroll" tab. Poker Stars holds many freeroll tournaments daily, some of which are open to all players, and some which are open to players from certain countries only.

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Poker Stars SIT & GO Tournaments

A "Sit & Go" is a tournament that is not regularly scheduled; it simply begins when all the seats are filled. These poker tournaments can be found by clicking on the "Sit & Go" tab in the main Poker Stars client window.

Poker Stars offers several kinds of Sit & Go tournaments, including single table, multitable, and heads up events. For more information about any particular Sit & Go tournament, simply open the Poker Stars tournament lobby.

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A rebuy tournament at Poker Stars is one in which you have the opportunity to buy more chips during the event. In a standard "freezeout" tournament, when you run out of chips, you're out of the tournament. In a rebuy tournament, you can (with some restrictions) buy more chips.

Here are the facts about Poker Stars rebuy tournaments:

There is a "rebuy period" at the beginning of the tournament typically a rebuy period may be the first hour of the event or until the first break starts. Once that period is over, no more rebuys are permitted. During the rebuy period, there may be a fixed number of rebuys available, or an unlimited number.

If you run completely out of chips, you will automatically be offered a rebuy (if one is available). At any time, you can click on the dealer tray and select the "Add More Chips" option. If you're not eligible for a rebuy (because you've reached the maximum number of rebuys), you'll get a message to that effect.

In general, you may rebuy using the "Add More Chips" button in the dealer tray any time your stack is less than or equal to the starting chip stack. This means you can rebuy once before the tournament even starts!

There may be an "add-on" available at the end of the rebuy period typically this occurs during the first break. An add-on is just one extra rebuy. The add-on will not be automatically offered to you. To take the add-on, wait for the message that "Players are now on break". Click on the dealer tray and select the "Add More Chips" option. In general, the add-on is available no matter how many chips you have.

Rebuys may cost any amount, but generally costs the same as the original buyin, and gets you the same number of chips that you got for your original buyin.

Add-ons may cost any amount, but generally costs the same as the original buyin, and gets you the same or higher number of chips that you got for your original buyin.

Rebuys are not charged a rake. So if a rebuy tournament has a buyin of $10+1, then the rebuys will usually be $10 and all $10 of each rebuy will go into the prize pool.

The prize pool and payoffs will not be announced until the rebuy period ends, since the prize pool increases with each rebuy.

Note that many of the Poker Stars rules described above are "typical" or "normal". The exact details for each tournament will always be posted in the tournament's lobby.

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Poker Stars DEEP STACK Tournaments

On Poker Stars you will often see a tournament in the lobby labeled as a Deep Stacks event. Deep stack tournaments indicate that each player will start with more chips than usual.

Starting stacks in most Deep Stack events is 5,000 chips but the blinds will normally remain the same as regular Poker Stars tournaments, giving each player more play throughout the event.

Most Deep Stack events have 30-minute intervals between levels instead of the regular 15 minutes, this helps provide Poker Stars players with a lot of play especially early in the poker tournament.

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Poker Stars TURBO Tournaments

A turbo event (usually displayed in the Poker Stars lobby in green) is one in which the blind levels increase much faster than in standard play. The interval in a turbo tournament is usually 5 minutes (as opposed to the standard 15), though there are turbo events with 6-minute intervals.

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