A Detailed Comparison of Lottery Sit and Go Tournaments Including Jackpots, Structures and Key Differences
Lottery Sit N Goes have become the hottest thing in online poker. Since the original version of this article went up several more of the larger sites have introduced their own lottery jackpot Sit N Goes.
Not only do these games give you a shot at competing for a huge jackpot prize (12,000x your buy-in prize pools are out there), they are fast-paced and entertaining too – taking less than 8 minutes on average.
Just like the ‘fast fold’ boom of a few years ago, these games work great on your iPhones or Android smartphones. They provide a refreshing alternative to what can seem like the grind of regular sit n goes. Best of all, if you play smart and can stand some in-built variance, Lottery SNGs can be very profitable too!
I have switched around the layout of this article since the original was completed. First of all, below you’ll find a table which summarizes what games are available at the main sites. In addition to the original games on the iPoker Network and at PokerStars (Full Tilt are now merged with Stars, so those games are not included), you’ll find lottery SNG games at 888 Poker, Party Poker and for US players at the offshore America’s Cardroom Poker.
Below the table you’ll find more details on what is on offer at each of the sites in more detail and buy-in / prizes info.
I’m sure to be asked which is my favorite – and that is an easy pick. The 4-handed ‘Blast’ Sit N Goes at 888 Poker hit the lottery SNGs ‘sweet spot’ for me, with potential for 10,000x prize pools, timed games and the craziest opponents you’ll find. See www.888poker.com for more (or scroll down for the full info / explanation as to what makes these games so good).
Lottery Sit N Goes – How The Different Games Work
888 Poker Lottery SNG Games – Blast Sit N Goes
Blast SNGs are different from most other sites, in that they are both 4-handed and timed. Most of the games last for 6 minutes only, before everyone is all-in until the prizes are distributed. Bigger prize pools last a little longer, and split the prize between 2 or even 3 players. This brings some strategy into play, as the tiered prizes mean that chips change value through the games. You’ll have to be quick with your decisions, as the shallow stacks and 2 minute blind levels keep the pressure on.
For me the best thing about 888 in general is that they cater to recreational / amateur type players rather than pro-grinders. Sure, you’ll find a few regulars in the Blast games, though compared with PokerStars (for example) this is a tiny number. You can read more about Blast Lottery Sit and Goes (including my strategy thoughts) in this article.
Buy-in levels: 10c, $1, $5, $15 and $30
Prizes: Anything up to 10,000x your buy-in ($300,000 top prize).
Notes: Bigger prizes split between more players, timed at 6 minutes for smallest prizes, 8+ for bigger prizes then everyone is all-in until the end. The smallest buy-ins have now moved to 2 minutes in total as a default, with longer times for 10x prizes and bigger.
888 Poker Deal: Brand new players get up to $88 free (no deposit or credit card needed, the bonus will depend on your country) to try out the real money games. You can still claim your 100% welcome bonus at any point down the line. Blast Lottery SNGs are the easiest games around – and a lot of fun too – check them out for yourself now at www.888poker.com
Twister Sit N Go Tournaments on the iPoker Network
Twister SNGs were the first games in this new format. They are produced by PlayTech and available through iPoker Network sites such as Titan Poker and NetBet. These games are 3 handed, and give you the chance to win up to 1000x your buy-in each time. While the top prize is lower than at some other sites – the balance with this is that there are more of these fairly big prizes to go around.
When you log in you’ll see a wheel of fortune type wheel before you start your game. Once this starts you have 500 chips and 2 minute blind levels, with all of the prize money going to the winner each time. When the prize is 1000x the prizes are distributed to all 3 players, with 80% to the winner and 10% to each of the other two players. These games last 7 to 9 minutes each on average.
iPoker has the advantage of having a lot of ‘big brand’ members which are primarily sports betting and casino brands (think William Hill, Paddy Power and so on). This brings a lot of new players to the tables. The pattern is that they sign up to bet on the football, and find the poker games via the site. As you can imagine, inexperienced opponents can and do make for some crazy play, which you’ll find at all the different poker variations on this network.
Buy-In Levels: €1, €2, €5 and €10
Prize Pools: Up to 1000x your buy-in (top prize $10,000)
Notes: Played in Euros, though you can deposit in Dollars or Pounds (+ several others), the games at Titan are all Euro based.
iPoker Deals: An easy recommendation for accessing those super-soft iPoker games including the Twister SNGs is NetBet Poker. This site has been around more than 10 years (used to be Poker770) and really look after their loyal players very well. You can get €20 free to enjoy the games (€10 as soon as you deposit, then €10 more after 7 days), on top of your 200% deposit bonus. I also strongly recommend keeping a close eye on the list of bonuses and promotions, which are the best on the network! Check out www.netbet.com for yourself now!
Spin N Go Tournaments at PokerStars
With the consolidated player pools of Full Tilt and PokerStars, the biggest lottery Sit N Go games by sheer volume of games running are the Spin N Go tournaments. These offer prizes of up to 1200x your buy-in. With the top buy-in $100, the biggest prize pool is a huge $1,200,000 (which would be a cool $1,000,000 to the winner!). Below the biggest multipliers all the money goes to the winners, and these are very much ‘standard’ games – with super-turbo (3 minute) blinds. This leaves a little more room for play than the games at many of the other sites. There are 8 buy-in levels in total, starting at 25c. If you hit one of the 3 highest prize tiers, then the players who do not win get 10% each – though with anything less than 120x prizes, Spin and Go games are winner takes all.
A word of warning – just about every player who decides to take poker seriously (either to make a living or as a part time income stream) ends up playing here – and the Spin N Goes already have a lot of ‘regulars’ who are fine-tuned with the math. Like all of the games at PokerStars, the Spin N Goes can still be beaten, though each game has a ‘tax’ from these winning regulars.
On the plus side, the software and sheer choice of games and poker variations at PokerStars is hard to beat!
Buy-in Levels: 25c, $1, $3, $7, $15, $30, $60 and $100 (there are also special $2.50 and $8.60c entry games which have a top prize of a $215 entry into the Sunday Million poker tournament)
Prizes: Between 2x and 1200x your buy-in (top prize $36,000)
PokerStars Deal: You can either get 3 ‘first’ deposit welcome bonuses (up to $600 in total) or $20 right away (though you’ll need to play through before withdrawing it). Register your account with PokerStars marketing code PSPzzzz (marketing code is one of the pull-down menu options). When you deposit either use STARS20 (for the $20 right away) or STARS600 (for up to 3 matched bonuses, totalling $600). You’ll find a lot of promos, events and special deals at PokerStars – so make sure you keep an eye on www.pokerstars.com
SNG Hero Lottery Tournaments at Party Poker
Party Poker have come up with a novel concept for their lottery SNG games. These are called ‘SNG Hero’, are 4 handed, super-turbo (3 minute blinds) and have randomly assigned prize pools. What is different with these games is that one player (at random) has a target assigned to them. This represents a bounty, which is 25% of the total prize pool. If you knock out the player with the target, then you get to keep this prize. If you are that player, then you need to win the game to keep the prize!
This adds some interesting strategy to the games. You know that people are playing back at you if you are the target – though how much should you adjust? Conversely, how should the potential for a bounty payment affect your play against another player with the target? Finally, if the bounty player is almost all in, and has folded their hand, how would this affect your play against the other remaining players?
Party are just as fishy (easy to beat) as ever, and are starting to make a comeback in terms of the number of players.
Buy-In Levels: $1, $3, $5, $10, $20.
Prizes: Up to 10,000x your buy-in.
Party Poker Deal: 100% welcome bonus + plenty of tournament action with the new missions / challenges based reward system. Use bonus code SNGPLANET. Check out the latest missions (and their prizes) at www.partypoker.comnow!
Jackpot Poker at America’s Cardroom (US Friendly)
There are three distinctive points to cover for the ‘Jackpot Poker’ SNG tournaments at America’s Cardroom. The first is that these are the only lottery Sit N Goes currently open to US players. ACR are part of the Winning Poker Network, based out in the Caribbean, and have been welcoming US players to their real money games for many years.
Second is that the upper prize bands (you can win up to 2500x your buy-in) are distributed among all 3 players in these games. This means that if you are lucky enough to get over 20x your buy-in as a prize, you will definitely not be going home empty handed. Third, Jackpot Poker is also used for satellite qualifiers into live poker tournaments, up to and including the World Series of Poker. Blind levels for all buy-ins are 3 minutes.
Buy-Ins: $2, $10, $25 and $40
Prizes: Between 2x and 2500x your buy-in, which makes the top prize $100,000
ACR Poker Deal: At the moment you’ll get a free scratch card every day for the first 20 days after you deposit (along with your 100% welcome bonus). This gives you between $2 and $6 in ‘tournament dollars’, which you can use for the Jackpot Poker games (or save towards bigger tournament buy-ins). This is a generous offer, and is running alongside a lot of other promotions and events. Check out www.americascardroom.com for the latest!
Fish Party Lottery Sit N Goes at Red Kings Poker (MicroGaming Network)
There are two unique twists to the lottery Sit N Goes on the MicroGaming Poker Network (MPN). The first is the way that the prize pool is determined at the start of each game. This is via a spin on a slot machine. If you get 3 of the 'Fish Party' logos, you are playing for the maximum, which is at least 5000x your buy-in. Other prizes depend on which fish you line up. This is entertaining enough - though it is really no different to the wheels or sliding backgrounds at other sites. The second difference is more significant. The top prize starts at 5000x, though this is progressive. Every day it is not won, the amount goes up. At the time of writing this the jackpot for the €1 games was €38,000!
The format is 3 handed, with 500 chip starting stacks and 3 minute blind levels. This makes the MPN games a little slower than some others - though slow is relative here, these are still pretty fast games. The buy-ins are €1, €5, €10, €20 and €50. While it is a shame that there is a missing level between €1 and €5, the general softness of the games (especially compared to the Spin N Goes at PokerStars) does make up for this.
MPN Poker Pick: With plenty of sports betting sites sharing the poker room on the MicroGaming Network, there are always soft games available. My pick is Red Kings Poker (a long time OnGame site, which joined the MPN after that network closed). Check out the latest jackpot amounts at www.redkings.com now!
Planet Mark’s Pick
Blast Sit N Goes get my vote, for a combination of great reasons! These games are crazy-soft, timed (which adds to the intensity) and have prizes of up to 10,000x your buy-in. The only improvement I can see at all would be a new level in between the $5 and $15 games.
If you are brand new to 888 Poker, then their offer of up to $88 free (no deposit or credit card info needed), will let you try out these games for free. Go on, see if you can ‘Blast’ your way to some big profits now at www.888poker.com
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