About Poker Tournaments
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of online poker tournaments that we offer.
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The Basics of Poker Tournaments
All players start a standard poker tournament
with the same amount of chips. As play
goes on, the compulsory blinds and antes
increase at regular intervals, and when
a player loses all of their chips, they
are out of the tournament. The last player
standing is declared the winner, and is
rewarded with the biggest portion of the
prize pool. The rest of the prize pool
is distributed between a set number of
players, depending on how many people
entered the event. You can find payout
information listed in the tournament lobby
of any PokerStars tournament that has
started running, along with the current
status of the event. You can learn more
by clicking the ˜Tournament Info' button
in the tournament lobby.
How to Play in a Tournament at PokerStars
You can find PokerStars
tournaments listed in the lobby under
the tabs labeled ˜Tourney', ˜Sit &
Go' or ˜Events'. Selecting any of the
listed tournaments allows you to find
out everything you need to know, and also
whether registration is open.
You'll also notice that the list sorts
each tournament by categories, such as
the type of poker game (Texas Hold'em
or Omaha, for instance), size of the buy-in
and the structure. To register for a tournament,
either double-click the tournament name
or click ˜Tourney Lobby'. Both options
will take you to the lobby for that tournament.
If you want to register, simply click
˜Register' (you will need to log-in if
you haven't done so already). Once you
have successfully registered, you'll be
seated at your designated table a few
minutes before the event is set to start.
In all of our tournaments, each player
is assigned a random seat and table. Just
like in a live poker tournament, you aren't
allowed to choose a new seat. In Hold'em,
Omaha or other tournaments with a rotating
dealer, the dealer button will start on
When the action is on you, your options
are to either call, raise or ˜fold
(you may also have the option to check
or bet, depending on what has occurred
before your turn). To ensure that the
game flows at a constant speed, you are
only given a certain amount of time to
act (between 16 and 20 seconds, depending
on the tournament). If you take too long,
a reminder will appear in the chat box
and you may also be given the option to
activate the ˜Time Bank'. This gives you
the option of gaining extra time in which
to make your move.
Clicking on the ˜Info' tab in the table
window allows you to find out up-to-date
information about the tournament - such
as your current position and the average
chip stack. You can also see specific
information about the way you have been
playing by clicking on the ˜Stats' tab.
More detailed information about the
tournament can be seen in the Tournament
Lobby. Here you can find out about the
current blind level, structure, progress
and rankings of each player, prize pool
payouts and more.
When a tournament is over, all prize
winners will be sent an email by PokerStars,
confirming what they have won. You can
opt to not receive these emails by going
to ˜Options' in the main lobby and unchecking
˜Receive Congratulatory Emails'. If you
want to see a detailed breakdown of how
a tournament played out, go to ˜Requests'
in the menu bar in the main lobby, and
select ˜Tournament History...'
It's possible for anyone to observe any
of the tables in a tournament that's currently
running, whether you are in the tournament
or not. In the Tournament Lobby, simply
select the table you want to watch and
click ˜Observe Table'.
Tournament Money (T$, Tâ‚¬)
We offer our players a Tournament Money
(T-Money) system. With rare exceptions,
if you win a seat to any event via one
of our satellite tournaments, you can
choose to unregister and receive T-Money
instead. T-Money can then be used to register
for other PokerStars tournaments, including
Sit & Gos, special events, and satellites.
In some cases, T-Money can be used by
VIPs to buy into live events. Please check
the information pages for our Live
Events for details.
Please note however that T-Money is not
the same as real money, because you can't
use it in cash games or cash it out. You
can check your T-Money balances at any
time by clicking the ˜Cashier' window
in the PokerStars lobby. You may have
a balance of T-Money in more than one
currency (for example, T$ and Tâ‚¬), each
of which will be shown separately.
On some occasions, PokerStars
may need to unregister you from a tournament
on your behalf. If you find that you need
us to do this, contact our support team
using the ˜Help > Contact Support'
option in the PokerStars lobby, and we
will be happy to assist you. Don't forget
to provide the ID number of the tournament
that you want to unregister from.
The best way to discover more about
all the poker tournaments we offer is
to download our free
poker software and start playing the
wide range of games available in our Poker