Guide To The Very Best Rebuy Poker Tournaments Online
Rebuy poker tournaments are hugely popular online, yet not all sites are equal when it comes to this tournament variation. This article assesses the best rebuy poker tournaments available at 3 of the top online poker sites to help you make an informed choice - followed by Mark's 'SNG Planet Verdict' where at the bottom of the article.
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Intro - Variations Of Rebuy Tournaments Online
Compared to just a few years ago, the number of different types of rebuy tournament is huge nowadays. Some notable games include multi-entry (where you play more than one table, combining your stacks together if you do deep with more than one entry). There are also the 2x and 3x turbos at PokerStars, which allow you to rebuy for just 1 or 2 big blinds before offering a huge-add on. The prize pools in these games can get huge. At the more sedate end you can find 'second chance' (1 rebuy if you bust) and 'cubed' (2 rebuys, 1 add-on) games. There are also sit n goes which include rebuy elements, most notably the PokerStars 180 games, where the $3+R variations are always busy (though increasingly full of 'regulars').
When assessing the best site for rebuys, I'm looking at the types of players (especially 'dead money') you'll find at each site, as well as the variety and formats of the games offered. Bigger sites are the place to head for this type of game, where the bigger guarantees attract large fields. You should look out for a mix of 'rebuy maniacs' and '1 buy-in nits' at the tables, as both provide plenty of value. The most profitable path is to drive for a big stack early by targeting weaker opponents and choosing hands which give you clear descisions on the flop. I have covered this and how bluffing fish is even more pointless in a rebuy tournament than in a regular game in my series on Rebuy Tournament Strategy.
Best Rebuy Poker Tournaments - Candidate #1 – 888Poker.com
For some seriously soft games you really can't beat 888 Poker in 2018. Their tournament schedule gets better and better, with rebuy games playing a big part in this. If you have been around long enough to remember the days when the rebuy hours were crazy, with big raises and all-ins the norm - then you'll find this still exists at 888. There are regular and turbo rebuys, and deep-stacked turbo games, which are not rebuys - though have a similar feel with extra chips and a slow build up into a crazy 2nd hour. You will also find some second chance tournaments, though at the time of writing 888 Poker has yet to jump on the multi-entry bandwagon.
The main line of guaranteed games at 888 are themed around different fish. The biggest weekly events are the 'Whale' tournaments, and the smallest the 'Goldfish'. In between you will find 'Blowfish', 'Puffer Fish' and more. You will find bigger rebuy tournament action during the 'Super XL Series' events. The guaranteed prizes for these have been increasing recently, and now total $5 million. There are plenty of satellites running to allow smaller bankroll players to win entries.
Best of all - 888 Poker offer new players up to $88 completely free (no deposit needed).
This offer is restricted to one per household, and comes in the form of buy-ins to cash games and tournament tokens, there are 11x $8 increments, which come as you earn points in the game. Some countries have different offers - for example a one-time £20 for the UK. If you choose to deposit later down the line, you can still claim your 100% welcome bonus. There are plenty of promos too, these change all the time - keep an eye on the www.888poker.com website for the latest offers!
Best Rebuy Poker Tournaments - Candidate #2 – Top US Players Pick - America's Cardroom
There have been a lot of changes in the US Poker Sites scene recently, with Carbon and Full Flush fading out and Ignition Poker taking over from Bovada. One site is really moving ahead in terms of offering the best poker tournament schedule - America's Cardroom.
This is the only site to have run $1 million guaranteed events in the last 5 or so years since Black Friday. I also recommend checking out the 'Online Super Series' events, these are small tournament festivals mixing higher and lower buy-in games with guaranteed prize pools.
Most of the rebuy tournament action at America's Cardroom is at the lower end of the buy-in scale. There is plenty of action at $10 and under, with the occasional $20 rebuy game. You'll find the fields are recreational (read: soft!), and the field sizes big enough to create some good prize pools, without being overwhelming.
New players will get up to $50 in tournament tokens at ACR at the moment, along with a matched welcome bonus up to $1000 - check out the latest promotions and next 'Super Series' schedule at www.americascardroom.com for yourself now!
Best Rebuy Poker Tournaments - Alternate Pick – Soft Games Alert! - Titan Poker
The top choice for players outside of the US due to the large number of inexperienced (and otherwise terrible!) opponents. Titan offer a number of rebuy tournaments from €1 up to €75. Our recommended rebuy poker tournament is the nightly €5000 guaranteed. This is a €5 buy-in which attracts large fields and pays significant final table prizes. The fishy nature of opponents and reasonably fast blind levels in this tournament means that the field shrinks fast during the 2nd and 3rd hours. This site has more recently introduced Multi-entry tournaments, where you can play up to 4 entries in a single game.
Titan recently introduced the ability to rebuy any time you have your starting stack or below – increasing the number of chips in play. Readers using Titan Poker bonus code SNGPLANET will receive $20 in free cash (deposited into your account within 48 hours, usually sooner) in addition to a huge 200% match bonus up to $2000. This site is the 3rd largest online poker site and remains a top non-US choice due to the extremely weak opposition, check out Titan Poker today!
Best Rebuy Poker Tournaments - Planet Mark's SNG Planet Verdict
One of the tougher 'verdicts' since so many sites offer slightly different but top quality rebuys... at the end of the day it is hard to look too far beyond the soft games and big prize pools at 888 Poker. This site has been growing very quickly over the last couple of years, and for me they have set the right balance between making the games fun, and having prizes worth aiming for. You'll find plenty of rebuy action, which kicks into another gear when the regular Super XL Series kicks in.
New players get up to $88 free to try out the games - give them a shot today, I believe that you'll like what you find there!
Check out www.888poker.com for details.
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