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How to play in poker tournaments

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Poker tournaments will hold no secrets

Enjoy the adrenaline rush! Big prizes up for grabs. The rules are the same for cash games and tournaments. However, tournaments offer a twist with blind bets that increase as the tournament progresses.

Multi-table poker tournaments, lotoquebec.com

Multi-table
tournaments (MTT)

Big poker event format

Sit and go poker tournaments, lotoquebec.com

Sit and go tournaments

Short duration and with a limited number of players

Satellite poker tournaments, lotoquebec.com

Satellite tournaments

To qualify for major tournaments

Poker tournament refund policy, lotoquebec.com

Refund policy

What happens if a tournament is cancelled or interrupted?

Multi-table
tournaments

In short

Multi-table tournaments are tournaments for which players can sign up beforehand. Whatever the number of registered players, this type of tournament generally starts at a specific time and date (except if a sit and go variant is added to the tournament). All players pay the same registration fees and receive the same number of chips.

As the name suggests, multi-table tournaments are played on several tables at the same time. As players are eliminated, the remaining ones progressively move to a smaller number of tables until a single table of ten players remains. The tournament ends when one player wins all the chips of his or her opponents.

 

Rebuy

Generally, you may rebuy chips before the first break in the tournament or until the amount of bets increases for the first time. Rebuys are generally possible when you have the same number or fewer chips than the quantity of chips you brought to the table. Information on each tournament is available in the poker lobby.

 

Add-on

• You may add chips to your stake immediately after the rebuy period.
• The quantity of chips that may be added varies according to the tournament.
• Add-ons may be made regardless of stake size.

 

You may also activate the automatic rebuy and add-on function.

 

In this type of tournament, you are allowed a limited number of chip rebuys without spending a penny.

 

In this type of tournament, purses are usually made up of player registration fees (except for the rake). The purse size thus depends on the number of registrants. For example, if 100 players register for a $10 + $1 tournament, the purse will be $1,000 and the rake will be $100.

 

In guaranteed purse tournaments, the amount of the purse is announced in advance and guaranteed by lotoquebec.com as long as a minimum number of players register. If the number of registered players covers the amount of the purse, the purse will be greater than the announced amount.

 

In freeroll tournaments, participation is free of charge (some tournaments offer rebuys and add-ons at extra cost). The amount of the purse is announced in advance and varies from one event to another.

 

Headhunter tournaments reward players who eliminate their opponents in order to collect a bounty (cash prize): there’s a price on each player’s head! The amount of your bounty appears beneath your nickname at the poker table.

 

Registration fees (except for the rake) are split as follows:

• Part is used for the tournament purse
• The balance is added to your elimination bounty

 

When you eliminate another player, part of their bounty is added to yours. The remaining amount is deposited in your Espacejeux account.

The big winner takes the tournament purse as well as their own bounty, which increased as opponents were eliminated.

 

Here are variables of Headhunter tournaments.

 

Terminator

Your registration fees (except for the rake) go to the bounty placed on your head – there is no purse.

When you eliminate another player, you win the bounty on their head. The entire bounty is deposited in your Espacejeux account.

 

Bounty Hunter

Your registration fees (except for the rake) go to the bounty placed on your head – there is no purse.

When you eliminate another player part of their bounty is added to yours. The balance is deposited in your Espacejeux account

 

Chip n’ Chair tournaments are multi-table satellite tournaments set up to fill last-minute available spots in a major tournament. The particularity of Chip n’ Chairs tournaments is that players receive only one chip. Therefore, all players go “all-in” at the first hand.

 

Lotto Frenzy Tournaments are often used to qualify for a major tournament. As compared to a regular multi-table tournament:

• The player receives fewer chips

• Bet size increases faster

 

As compared to a regular multi-table tournament:

• The player receives more chips

 

During a Cash & Carry tournament, you can cash in your remaining chips and leave the tournament before the cash out period. The cash out option is available in certain multi-table tournaments that do not allow late registration or rebuys and add-ons. Before confirming your cash out option, a window will indicate the amount that you will receive in exchange for your chips. A maximum of 30% of the pot can be cashed by players.

 

Starting chips

In a multi-table tournament, all players receive the same number of chips at the beginning of the tournament. This number varies according to tournament type. The number of starting chips for each tournament is indicated in the poker lobby.

 

Bet increase intervals

In multi-table tournaments, the amount of the blind bet (or the ante in Stud poker) increases at determined intervals, as indicated in the poker lobby. In some multi-table tournaments, the size of these bets increases faster. In addition, antes may be required in some Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo poker tournaments.

 

Decision times

In multi-table tournaments, you have 20 seconds to select a game option. In Speed or Turbo multi-table tournaments, you need to make decisions even faster.

 

Time bank

A time bank (in general, 30, 60 or 90 seconds) is available to you in every tournament. The higher the tournament registration fees, the more time is available in your bank. When you exceed the allotted time for making a decision, the system automatically decreases your time bank by the same number of seconds.

Please note that if you take too long to make your game choice and have not activated your time bank, or if your bank is fully depleted, the system will automatically register a “pass” and put you in “sit out next hand” mode. If the “pass” option is not available, the system will choose the “fold” option instead of putting you in “sit out next hand” mode.

 

Sitting out

If you sit out during a multi-table tournament, the system will automatically cause you to pay your blind bets until your available funds are insufficient to cover them. The system will then go “all-in.” You will have no more money on the table (stake = $0) and will be eliminated.

 

Registration

You can usually register up until six minutes before multi-table tournaments begin. However, this rule does not apply when late registration is offered, in which case you may join a tournament already in progress during a specified time period. The time period varies and is posted in the poker lobby.

 

Deregistration

You can deregister from multi-table tournaments up until the tournament starts. Registration fees will be refunded. See the Tournament Refund Policy.

 

Purse distribution

Fixed payment means that a set number of players will receive a predetermined percentage of the purse regardless of the number of players who have registered in the tournament.

In variable payment mode, the number of winners who share the purse increases with the number of tournament players. All details for each tournament are indicated in the poker lobby.

 

Tournament agreement

Some tournaments allow players at the final table to come to an agreement before the end of the tournament. Thus, all players have an opportunity to leave with money before the end of the tournament. To establish such an agreement, all players must agree to the offer. If a single player refuses the offer, the tournament continues.

The amount paid to each player is calculated in the same way as for a tournament that is interrupted and the purse has begun to be paid out:

• Players who are still in active play receive the amount that would have been won by the next eliminated player

• The remainder of the purse is distributed as follows:

  o 50% is distributed in equal shares to players in active play

  o 50% is distributed on a prorated basis according to the number of chips held by each player in active play.

 

Here is an example of purse distribution when an agreement is reached.

 

Sit and go
tournaments

In short

Sit and go tournaments start as soon as a sufficient number of players register (they are not planned at set days or hours). This type of tournament is usually of short duration.

Many sit and go tournaments are played with ten players at a single table. When a sit and go tournament is played on more than one table at the same time, players remaining as elimination proceeds progressively move to fewer tables until a single active table remains.

The number of winners and the percentage of the purse won by each vary with the type of sit and go tournament.

Tournament name Number of tables Number of players Number of winners % of the purse Type Blinds
Regular* 1 10 3 1: 50%
2: 30%
3: 20%
Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo,
7 Card Stud, Soko
8 min., 5 min. (Speed),
3 min. (Turbo)
Regular* 1 5 2 1: 70%
2: 30%
Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo,
7 Card Stud, Soko
8 min., 5 min. (Speed),
3 min. (Turbo)
Regular* 1 2 1 1: 100% Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo,
7 Card Stud, Soko
8 min., 5 min. (Speed),
3 min. (Turbo)
Regular* 2 20 4 1: 41%
2: 29%
3: 19%
4: 11%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min.
Regular* 3 30 5 1: 40%
2: 24%
3: 16%
4: 12%
5: 8%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min.
Regular* 5 50 5 1: 40%
2: 24%
3: 16%
4: 12%
5: 8%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min.
Regular* 10 100 10 1: 30%
2: 19,5%
3: 12,5%
4: 9,5%
5: 8%
6: 6,5%
7: 5%
8: 4%
9: 3%
10: 2%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min.
Cooler 1 10 5 1: 20%
2: 20%
3: 20%
4: 20%
5: 20%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min. or 3 min. (Turbo)
Pays 4 Places 1 10 4 1: 41%
2: 29%
3: 19%
4: 11%
Texas Hold'em 8 min.
Triple Up 3 30 10 1: 10%
2: 10%
3: 10%
4: 10%
5: 10%
6: 10%
7: 10%
8: 10%
9: 10%
10: 10%
Texas Hold'em and Omaha 8 min.
Winner Takes All 1 10 1 1: 100% Texas Hold'em 8 min.
Winner Takes All 1 5 1 1: 100% Texas Hold'em 8 min.
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* In the Lobby, regular sit and go tournaments are identified by the name of the poker game, e.g., Texas Hold’em.

 

Starting number of chips

You receive a predetermined number of chips when you begin to play in a tournament. The number varies with the type of tournament and is displayed in the poker lobby.

 

Decision times

In sit and go tournaments, you have a determined number of seconds, as indicated in the poker lobby, to click on your chosen game option. In some sit and go tournaments, you need to make your decision faster.

 

Time bank

A time bank (in general, 30, 60 or 90 seconds) is available to you in every tournament. The higher the tournament registration fees, the more time is available in your bank. When you exceed the allotted time for making a decision, the system automatically decreases your time bank by the same number of seconds. The number of seconds remaining in your bank is displayed in the poker lobby.

Please note that if you take too long to make your game choice and have not activated your time bank, or if your bank is fully depleted, the system will automatically register a “pass” and put you in “sit out next hand” mode. If the “pass” option is not available, the system will choose the “fold” option instead of putting you in “sit out next hand” mode.

 

Sitting out

If you sit out during a tournament, the system will automatically cause you to pay your blind bets until your available funds are insufficient to cover them. The system will then go “all-in.” You will have no more money on the table (stake = $0) and you will be eliminated.

 

Deregistration

You can deregister in sit and go tournaments until play begins. Registration fees will be refunded. Check full details at rakes collected.

Satellite
tournaments

In short

Satellite tournaments are used to qualify for major tournaments requiring higher registration fees.

The number of participants in the satellite tournament determines the number of seats offered for the major tournament:

  • Registration fees paid by satellite participants must cover major tournament costs
  • The balance is distributed according to satellite purse rules
  • If the number of participants in the satellite is not sufficient to offer even one seat in the major tournament, the satellite winner pockets the full amount in the satellite purse

For example:

In all, 35 players enter a satellite tournament with $10 registration fees to qualify for a tournament with $200 registration fees (35 players x $10 + $350). 1 seat will therefore be offered and $150 will be distributed according to satellite purse rules.

Tournament
refund policy

In short

The policy determines how you will be reimbursed if a multi-table, sit and go or satellite tournament is cancelled.

This general policy applies to all tournaments, subject to the application of specific tournament refund rules spelled out in the Tournament Info section in the poker lobby.

 

Multi-table tournaments may be cancelled or interrupted in the following circumstances:

 

1. The tournament has not begun. In this case, registration fees are refunded to all registered players.

 

2. Fewer than 20% of players have been eliminated. In this case too, registration fees are refunded to all registered players.

 

3. Twenty percent or more of players have been eliminated, but the purse has not begun to be paid out.

  o 50% of the purse is divided equally among remaining active players

  o 50% of the purse is paid pro-rated to the number of chips these active players possess.

 

4. The purse has begun to be paid out. In this case, all remaining active players receive the amount that would have been won by the next player to be eliminated. The rest of the purse is then distributed as follows:

  o 50% is divided equally among remaining active players

  o 50% is paid pro-rated to the number of chips these active players possess.

 

For example:

A tournament pays ten winners using the following formula:
1st place: 30% of the purse
2nd place: 20% of the purse
3rd place: 15% of the purse

4th to 10th place share 35% of the purse, but their individual winnings are not significant for the purposes of this illustration.

A tournament with a $10,000 purse is interrupted when only three players remain in the game. Players who finished in 4th to 10th place have already been paid. The remaining purse, $6,500, is to be shared among the top three players. Each one then receives 15% of the total purse, i.e., $1,500 (the percent to be pocketed by the player who would have been eliminated next). The sum of $2,000 remains to be paid out ($6,500- (3 X $1,500). Half of this amount is shared equally between the three players as follows: $2,000 ÷ 2 = $1,000, divided by 3 players = $333.33 each. The other half of the $2,000 ($1,000) is then distributed in accordance with the proportion of chips held by each player. For example, if there are 100 chips on the table in all and Player 1 has 50 chips, Player 2 has 40 chips and Player 3 has 10 chips, Player 1 will receive 50% of $1,000 since he holds 50% of the chips on the table. The same logic holds for Players 2 and 3.

 

NOTES :

o In Rebuy/Add-on tournaments, registration and Rebuy/Add-on fees are refunded if the tournament is interrupted before the end of the Rebuy/Add-on period, regardless of the number of eliminated players (less than 20% or 20% and more).

o In Headhunter tournaments, players keep their bonuses (bounty) and a refund is made according to one of the above four methods.

 

For sit and go tournaments with 30 or more players and where registration fees are more than $10 + $1, the refund policy described above applies.

For sit and go tournaments with fewer than 30 players or registration fees of $10 + $1 or less, all players will instead automatically receive a refund of their registration fees.

 

When a satellite tournament is cancelled or interrupted, the refund policy described above applies. However, because a satellite tournament is used to win a seat at another tournament, lotoquebec.com may offer extra seats. This decision depends on the number of available seats and the registration fee amount for the other tournament, as well as the number of active players remaining when the tournament was interrupted.