Multi-Entry Tournaments Strategy And Overview

Full Tilt Innovate Once More With Multiple Entry Tournaments

I sat down for an intensive session of Multi-Entry tournaments last night. These games allow you to buy-in several times to the same MTT, either all at once or after you bust out during the early stages. With each entry kept separate the effect was to increase the field (and prize pool) dramatically.

In this article I give an overview of how these games work and some thoughts on how you can profitably adjust your strategy compared to standard tournament setups. As usual I will focus on some of the areas to think about rather than go into specifics.

Full Tilt Poker Multiple Entry Tournaments – Summary Of How They Work

multi-entry tournament strategyIts mostly in the title here, you get to enter the same tournament from 4 to 6 times (as standard, Rush tournaments had 2 entries and others may have more). Your entries are kept on separate tables and play independently. You can choose the number of entries in play and save some for use if you bust out, or play them all at once.

If you have more entries than tables in the late stages, then the entries' chip stacks are merged. Once the table breaks the chips are added to the smallest remaining chip stack. This means you can only win one final table prize – something we need to consider when asking whether these games represent fair value to players.

There are many real money poker formats available including turbos, re-buys, Rush games, PLO and mixed games. Buy-ins range from $1 through to $20ish – though there are higher buy-in versions available for the FTOPS. I expect the number of variations and buy-ins to increase, Full Tilt usually start new games with limited versions and then add to this according to demand.

Full Tilt Poker Multiple-Entry Tournaments – Strategy Considerations

Two things to consider here. Firstly how to profit from the opponents you are likely to find in these games, and secondly how many entries to buy at once and how to distribute them.

Based on my big night at the Multi-Entry tables the multiple entries have a marked effect on the standard of play – the good news is that this was very exploitable. Sure, there were some big novice errors, including a crazy squeeze bluff attempt with no fold equity and some very tilty all-ins after losing hands. The main style was just totally loose, chasing type poker. Any 2 suited, any ace and all the way to showdown – combined with some awful slowplaying when those big hands actually hit. It really felt like the added security of extra buy-ins (either in play or yet to be taken) lead people to play worse, and to my mind their style was more spew than chip accumulation.

Beating this style of game is about as easy as poker gets. Implied odds are huge, value betting works great, you should try to bluff less (though c-bet against the fit-or-fold types and stab at pots when opponents check twice), and of course – play from position. Basic ABC poker should get you the chips, no need to get fancy. For more strategy you can always see the list of articles in our Poker Tournaments section!

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Full Tilt Poker Multiple Entry Tournaments Buy-Ins Strategy

Again a couple of things to consider. On one hand if you have an edge on the field, then why not maximize it by taking all of your entries? On the other hand you will only have one stack at the final table… since the huge majority of profits from tournaments comes from the occasional final table finish, it seems that extra entries which by definition can not get there (chip consolidation aside, since most players benefit from this) will have a diminishing return on investment.

My thought here is that the buy-in strategy should depend on how big and edge you feel you have over the field. If this is huge, then the early extra entries have more value. If you are playing recreationally, then why not take a couple of entries and save the others for if you bust out.

One more thing to consider is whether you are personally comfortable playing 4 + tables. To experienced grinders this is easy, however, those of us who play for entertainment might find this less than relaxing.


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