If there is one format that is constantly repeated in the poker world due to its tremendous success and the number of players it can accommodate, it is the tournament. For many years, anyone who wanted to play poker had to play at a cash table or bet money directly on each hand.
However, the concept of tournaments has changed the way of looking at poker. One of the reasons for its success is that it allows you to play for a long time for a proportionally low cost, taking into account that it also allows you to win big prizes. That is why the MTT competition, the multi-table tournaments, have enjoyed so much success since they have been established and today they already occupy the first position in the list of the most popular types of games at the poker tables.
And the fact is that multi-table tournaments offer a fundamental advantage, and that is the playing time. The tournaments can last several hours, and the entry fee is really small compared to the previous cash games, where time was very limited. But we are not only talking about enjoying playing poker, but you can win a tremendous amount of prizes, which makes the entry fee more than amortized.
Tips for beginners about multi-table tournaments
The most inexperienced players often drop into multi-table tournaments like a bubble. Surely everyone has told them all the good things about this type of competition and all the things they can win if luck smiles on them. But this bubble in which many players find themselves tends to burst soon if you do not take into account a number of aspects about these games.
To begin with, it is important to get used to the idea that the game can go on longer than expected. Here you know when you enter, but not when you leave. That is why it is essential that you do not have immediate commitments that same afternoon. Imagine that after several hours, you arrive at the final table, where the prizes are distributed, and it turns out that you have to leave, leaving the game half played and renouncing to any prize. Don’t let that happen!
Another important aspect: wait until the end to show off in front of your rivals. At the final table you can win a lot of chips and some players will wait to throw away their cards to enter the prizes. You can steal their blinds to get their chips and put yourself in a better position to win the succulent prizes that are distributed at the end.
And, although not exclusively but very consistently, the three positions usually host the best prizes. These podium positions are very appetizing. It is estimated that being once in one of these top three positions is better than being ten times at the bottom of the table in terms of earnings. To climb to the top positions, you should have a considerable stack and arrive at the bubble with the necessary cushion to play aggressively.
Most common types of MTT tournaments
Although it depends on the organizer, there are currently seven types of multi-table tournaments that are most popular among players: classic, shootout, satellite, knockout, heads-up, freerolls and team tournaments. Let’s look at each type of MTT tournament in a few features.
Classic MTT tournaments are the most common, in which prizes of different kinds are usually distributed among the 15% of the players who best qualify. As logic dictates, the most succulent prizes go to those who finish higher in the table, while those who finish lower are rewarded with smaller prizes.
Satellite tournaments are qualifying competitions, in which all players who enter for prizes get a ticket to participate in a more expensive tournament. Here no distinction is made between the first and last place finisher in the prize pool: everyone receives the same pass, with identical characteristics.
Shootout tournaments are tournaments that require the player to win at his table in order to pass to the next level. They are a kind of knockout competition in which each player depends on his or her skills to come out on top.
In knockouts, the player has a part of the buy-in as bounty. The premise is clear: eliminate a player to take his bounty to climb positions.
As far as freerolls are concerned, this type of free tournaments stand out for their accessibility, although they are not available in all organizations. In fact, only some tables are willing to stipulate their own prizes in freerolls, which can change their name according to the preferences of each firm.
We can only talk about heads-up, a kind of 1 vs 1 tournaments in which the objective is to eliminate the opponent until the final, and the team tournament, in which each player plays both solo and as a team. This has certain advantages. For example, you can be eliminated out of the prize zone, but still get paid for your team being in a reward position, so that players who have been left out can receive the same rewards as the rest of their teammates because they are part of the same team.