Instead of being sat at one table, you’ll seated at a new table instantly every time you are no longer involved in a hand. Players from your pool will be randomly moved around so they are always in a hand.
This fast-paced variation sees you play many more hands per hour and has stakes ranging from $0.01/$0.02 through to $25/$50 games. Available games are No-Limit and Limit Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. Zoom is also used for poker tournaments, though the final table will revert to a standard ‘fixed seat’ layout.
6+ Hold’em (Short Deck)
6+ Hold’em offers an exciting twist on the standard No-Limit Hold’em setup. Here, there are no cards lower than a six. The hand rankings change to account for different numbers of ‘outs’. A flush now beats a full house and A-6-7-8-9 is classified as a straight. You’ll also find that only the button posts a blind. This is action-packed variation of the game, which also includes an ante. Stakes range from an ante and blind of $0.02 through to $200.
Sit and Go Tournaments
Sit and Goes are mini tournaments which start when all of the entries are filled. Many of the events take place on single tables, although you can find Sit and Goes with as many as 990 players. Stakes range from micros up to $5,000 and players can enjoy a range of poker variants alongside NL Hold’em (although the NL Hold’em tables will generally fill quicker). These games are often used as qualifiers for bigger events.
These are hyper turbo events for just 3 players. These games have an added level of excitement, as the prize pool on offer for each game is set at random. For example, a $0.25 game can have a prize pool which awards between $0.50 and $3,000 to the winner. These mini tournaments are fast and furious, and the rewards can be huge. Spin & Go’s can be used as satellites for other events too.
Power Up Hold’em
This is a new twist on the Hold’em format. In this game each player is given a certain amount of energy to use – with the energy players can add a range of powers to the game. For example, the ‘Upgrade’ power can see you draw a third card and then discard one, while the ‘Intel’ power enables you to peek at the deck’s top card for the rest of the hand. There are 10 powers in total, each bringing something different to the game.
Knockouts / Progressive Knockouts
These games come in both sit and go and scheduled tournament formats. In each you’ll play for a standard prize pool, with an added extra that every time you knock a player out, you’ll win an additional prize bounty. Buy-ins for the sit and go KO tournaments range from $1 to $100, while buy-ins for the scheduled tournaments will vary. Progressive knockouts see the prize for each player’s head increase as they knock more people out – giving others a bigger incentive to target them.
Poker Tournaments at PokerStars
There are literally hundreds of tournaments listed as default, but you have the filter option for game type, buy-in, speed and the type of the tournament. As the single biggest site, there are better guarantees and more formats than you’ll find anywhere else online. There is something for everyone in the tournament selection, including the Sunday Million. This is the weekly highlight with a buy-in of $215 – and a prize pool which regularly beats the $1 million guarantee.