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Playing Poker Tournaments Online!

Jun 8, 2008
Online poker tournaments have become very popular with players competing against each other to win cash prizes and perhaps a chance to win a seat in one of the international poker tournaments. Once in the tournament, players cannot quit in the middle of the game and cash out, unlike in a regular poker game. They will have to play until the tournament ends and a winner is declared.

The different poker tournaments that are played are: elimination tournaments, rebuy tournaments, shootout tournaments and satellite tournaments.

The most common tournaments are the elimination tournaments, where all the players begin with the same number of chips and players are eliminated until there remains one player who wins all the chips. Rebuy tournaments are where players who lose all their chips are allowed to rebuy chips and continue to play. The shootout tournaments involve each table playing until only the winner is left at the table and then the winners of all the tables play till there is one winner from among them. These are one of the longest tournaments and take several hours to complete. Satellite tournaments are the most popular of all, since they are mini tournaments, where the winner goes on to play in the main tournament.

There are several poker tournaments online to choose from, either based on the stakes, the type of poker game, the format of betting as well as the format of the tournament.

Playing in an online poker tournament is different from playing at brick-and-mortar casinos. Online tournaments are longer than regular tournaments and there are usually less tables involved.

Generally, low stake tournaments attract inexperienced players, medium state tournaments attract mediocre players and high state tournaments attract highly skilled players. Players can choose one based on their skill level. However, all sorts of players with different skill sets enter in the freerolls, which are tournaments where people can enter for free.

Players can also join based on the type of poker game that is played. Many poker tournaments offer Pai Gow poker, Stud poker, Omaha Hi and Caribbean poker. Depending on what you are good at, you can decide on a tournament to join.

There are also several formats, which usually involve different betting structures. Tournaments can have either a no limit, pot limit or limit betting structures. The pace and structure also varies, and some tournaments have a Sit and Go, Turbo, single elimination or double elimination formats.

The most important thing to keep in mind is the fact that there are certain rules that even online tournaments expect players to follow. It is a good idea to read all the policies related to the tournament, to avoid being disqualified. Poker tournaments are a great place for people to pocket lots of money.
About the Author
Matthew Smith has been is an experienced poker player and has competed successfully in a number of online poker tournaments using an online gambling bonus.
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