Poker Tournaments

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

What are online poker multi table tournaments?

A multi table tournament is the term for what most people would call a standard tournament in a regular casino. Many players use the abbreviation MTT when talking about multi table tournaments. You will see this term listed on almost every top online poker site in existence. A multi table tournament will have hundreds and sometimes thousands of players. This is much more compared to SNG’s, which are tournaments typically played on only one table. SNG is the abbreviation for Sit & Go.

Before clicking the buy-in, make sure you know the difference. A multi table tournament may take much longer to complete versus less than an hour for most sit & go’s.

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. Fundamentally, there are many differences in the strategy you will employ for the start of a multi table tournament.

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Also different blind structures

For example, the blind structures are often more player friendly in a multi table tournament than in a sit & go. Basically, Sit & Go’s are designed for people wanting a quick game of poker. With the progressive/ slower blind structure in place, you can play more of a waiting game. You can now play premium starting hands, which is very important in the early stages of these types of tournaments.

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

Playing on the bubble

Another strategy that you must master to have a deep run into multi table tournaments, is playing on the bubble. You’ve reached the bubble when you need to eliminate only one more player before the payouts begin.

For example, if there are 150 players left and position 149 and up get a prize, you’ve reached the bubble. If your chip stack is large enough, it’s very wise here to push around the smaller stacks. These players are desperate to get in the money and are normally waiting for another small(er) stack to lose. This way they will at least get something in return for having played poker for the last number of hours.

Easy moves at this point in the tournament are 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 some exceptions to this rule. You should fold when there’s a larger stack to your left. You should also fold when there’s a smaller stack that’s 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. They are often prone to push all-in with hands like Jack of Any Color 9 of Any Color, or suited connectors. Your Ace of Any Color or King of Any Color high here is often the best hand indeed.

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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 can better play at a smaller poker site where you have an actual chance to win a poker tournament.

Many other sites host large poker tournaments. There are daily, weekly and monthly poker tournaments. 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.