Poker Tournaments

Poker Tournaments

Multi-table tournaments are a great way to enjoy playing poker online. These tournaments come in various sizes and sometimes offer life-changing prizes for the winner.

What are online poker multi-table tournaments?

A multi-table tournament, often called a standard tournament in a regular casino, is a popular format in online poker. Many players use the abbreviation MTT when referring to these tournaments. You will find this term listed on almost every top online poker site.

Multi-table tournaments involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of players. This is much more compared to Sit & Go’s (SNGs), which are typically played on only one table.

Before clicking the buy-in, make sure you know the difference. A multi-table tournament may take much longer to complete compared to Sit & Go’s, which usually last less than an hour.

Different strategies between poker tournaments and Sit & Go’s

While a Sit & Go is essentially a final table with even starting chips, a multi-table tournament is very different. The strategies you will employ at the start of a multi-table tournament are fundamentally different.

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Also different blind structures

The blind structures in multi-table tournaments are often more player-friendly than in Sit & Go’s. Sit & Go’s are designed for those wanting a quick game of poker. With the progressive and slower blind structure in place, you can play more of a waiting game in multi-table tournaments. This allows you to play premium starting hands, which is very important in the early stages of these tournaments.

For a list of premium starting hands, please see our Texas Hold’em Starting Hands chart. It helps you understand which cards are best to play at this point.

Playing on the bubble

To have a deep run in multi-table tournaments, you must master the strategy of playing on the bubble. The bubble is reached when only one more player needs to be eliminated before the payouts begin.

For example, if there are 150 players left and positions 149 and up get a prize, you’ve reached the bubble. If your chip stack is large enough, it’s wise to push around the smaller stacks. These players are desperate to get in the money and usually wait for another smaller stack to lose. This way, they at least get something in return for the hours they’ve spent playing poker.

Easy moves at this point in the tournament include hands such as Ace of Any Color in late position. With this type of hand, you should always raise if you have small stacks to your left and others fold. However, there are exceptions to this rule. You should fold when there’s a larger stack to your left or when there’s a smaller stack capable of taking a large percentage of your chips. When someone calls or re-raises you all-in, you will almost always call with any Ace of Any Color or King of Any Color.

Coin flips

Coin flips with short stacks are very common in multi-table tournaments. Short stacks often push all-in with hands like Jack of Any Color9 of Any Color or suited connectors. In these situations, your Ace of Any Color or King of Any Color high is often the best hand.

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How to find the best multi-table tournaments?

Some of the larger multi-table tournaments include the Sunday Million at PokerStars, which often has more than 4,000 entries! First place sometimes pays out close to $500,000. However, this tournament is filled with poker pros. You may have a better chance at smaller poker sites where you have a more realistic opportunity to win a tournament.

Many other online poker sites host large poker tournaments. There are daily, weekly, and monthly poker tournaments available. We dynamically update the list showing multi-table tournaments and Sit & Go’s every hour.

A poker satellite is a tournament in which entries to other tournaments can be won. Many of the larger tournaments, including the WSOP main event with a buy-in of $10,000, often generate many online satellite tournaments.