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Time Tourneys - a brand-new type of poker tournaments

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Posted on 21 October 2011 by "T".

PokerStars is now focusing on a brand-new tournament concept that they call Time Tourneys. Instead of playing until one player has all the chips, the new Time Tourneys will end when a specific time has passed, and the prizepool will be divided between the remaining players according to how much chips they have left.

There are Time Tourneys with buy-ins for as little as $1 and the time they last is between 15 minutes up to 3 hours. One of the new Time Tourneys will be part of Saturday Line-up and the buy-in for this tournament is $22 with a $10k guarantee.

Make sure to check out the new TIME TOURNEYS and also our 100% up to $600 deposit bonus if you don't have an account at PokerStars already.


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21 comments on "Time Tourneys - a brand-new type of poker tournaments"


 Fakiry21/10/2011 10:59:04 GMT
New poker products, its always nice! But i dont know about the fairness of this process. The players have a new factor to deal with when playing. This will bring new strategies to the game, as, for instance, in a one hour time tourney, in the begining one will play tight but in the last 10 minutes it will start suffering a loto f pressure from those players who are more behind.
 DaMessiah66621/10/2011 11:05:15 GMT
This is not poker! Every time somebody invents a new weird variant, poker loses a little piece of pureness. Once you add a variant, the strategy changes completely so ... a new game is on board but please, don't call it poker!
 BeMyATMplz21/10/2011 11:19:50 GMT
Very horrible idea,they should've filled the spots the timed tourneys are now with normal/turbo/hyper turbo tourneys instead of this shit..
Only fish will play this shit anyways,and they dont care about the tourney schedule,they just play what's there,but when I cant get my desired # of tables through MTTs then I do surely care about it and want more tourneys added (not of this kind tho)
 MIGO1421/10/2011 11:55:30 GMT
lol 15 minutes tourney.
Guess this will be a real donkfest with shoving nearly every hand.
Maybe the 3 hour tourney is playbale, but for sure when timeframe is reaching the end it will be a shoving-fest.
 awood8821/10/2011 14:14:03 GMT
On the one hand this sounds pretty good if you have limited time and you are looking to use up precisely one hour before you have to leave for work or something. But to me it seems you might be better off playing cash. This type of tourney doesn't seem to suit tournament players. The element of survival isn't as crucial as if you finish short stack you still get something, there's no bubble and no pressure to be big stack, every hand can be thought of in pure value rather than tournament value. So it's just a cash game with increasing blinds and the impossibility of reloading. Entirely pointless and shouldn't appeal to either the cash game player or the tourney player. But I may be wrong.
 IslandJack21/10/2011 15:06:58 GMT
Funny enough, I tried one not long ago.
It was in "testing" fase apparently.

It´s basically Bingo big time. Not much to do with Poker.
Just hope you get some cards and try to double, triple up and stuff so you can play for 10 minutes with a decent stack. lol
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 starbay21/10/2011 16:34:33 GMT
not one of pokerstars better ideas,towards the end of the time it will just be a shovefest so for that reason im out Thumbs Down
 jovicakralj21/10/2011 17:22:03 GMT
Just finished one of those. It was fine until 15 minutes to end guy from BB called my all in with J9 and got J on flop. lol
 Funope21/10/2011 18:30:08 GMT
At least you know how long it takes, better than playing for 5 hours and get busted on the bubble.
 retribution21/10/2011 19:16:56 GMT
Posted by awood88:
On the one hand this sounds pretty good if you have limited time and you are looking to use up precisely one hour before you have to leave for work or something. But to me it seems you might be better off playing cash. This type of tourney doesn't seem to suit tournament players. The element of survival isn't as crucial as if you finish short stack you still get something, there's no bubble and no pressure to be big stack, every hand can be thought of in pure value rather than tournament value. So it's just a cash game with increasing blinds and the impossibility of reloading. Entirely pointless and shouldn't appeal to either the cash game player or the tourney player. But I may be wrong.


Uhmm, well you're right and you're wrong. It sounds like the payout will be a flat, ICM chip based payout structure. Meaning yes, there will be an incentive for players to want to have a big stack vs a short stack.

Say the tourney is $1, 1000 players enter and each player starts with 1,500 chips. This put's a total of 1,500,000 chips in play. The total prize pool is $1000. This means that each chip, based on ICM, is worth exactly 6.6 cents each. This value stays the same throughout the entire tournament.

Needless to say, the big stacks will get a bigger portion of the equity than the smaller players.

This format seems wierd, because while the chip value stays flat, there's a weighted risk vs gain in this. Traditional tournaments had a bubble, and once the bubble burst, each player was guaranteed at least something, whereas in this format, there's going to be 1 bubble, right at the end.

In traditional tournaments, the payout structure is weighted heavily towards the top, where the final 3 get the biggest portion of the prize pool, thus towards the end, chip value goes up exponentially as players are knocked out.

In this format, it pays to just survive. If a tournament is 1 hour long consider this scenario:

100 players remain. Each with exactly an the same amount of chips. This means:

$1000 prize pool with 1.5million chips in play.
Each player has 15,000 chips, or around $9.99 equity each.

Now say 2 players both go all-in, the very last hand before the tournament ends. Each player is risking $9.99 in equity to potentially gain an extra $9.99. Both players would be better off just folding, as for the risk vs gain to be profitable, they'd have to be a huge favorite to be more than marginally profitable. For each 1% they are ahead, they get 1% of $20 or around 20 cents per 1%. There's more math involved, but this should kind of illustrate what I mean.

I'd expect that as stated in other posts, this would be an absolute donk-fest early on, and then as the tournament gets close to the end, people would tighten up to survive. Not really any incentive to risk your whole equity, just to potentially gain a few extra $.
 schwabo22/10/2011 10:39:14 GMT
Hi,it's ok that site have to offer new stuff,it makes poker more interesting for people who want some change,but you can play good old poker if you don't like this one,you are not force to play that kind of poker because of that I think it's good for players who want try different stuff Thumbs Up
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 SuperNoob22/10/2011 13:50:14 GMT
interesting format by pokerstars, for some1 like me who doesnt have time to play long tournaments this is a good option. though those 15 min ones are bound to be nothing but donkfests
 mahdrof22/10/2011 15:35:35 GMT
One of my biggest beefs against tourneys with late buy-in, is that the amount of time you will spend at that tourney can become drastically drawn out depending on the number of late entries. If you sign up at a tourney with one hundred people at the start, and by the end of the late entry period there are three hundred, you might end up spending a lot more time playing than you originally wanted. This new type of tourney would take care of that problem, but for now I am just sticking to SNGs due to the restricted amount of time I have available at any one time for poker.
 Calmplay22/10/2011 15:41:37 GMT
Wep it's not poker for sure but I'm sure some players will love it. Another bingo thing added to the poker room just like the super turbo short stack Mtts thing...
 B1gfoot22/10/2011 19:31:51 GMT
I LOLd when I got the mail, what freaking moron came up with this idea, sorry I forget poker is about generating rake/fees and not about playing poker.
Anyway, even though I hate this format, it can be quite profitable, if the money is split to everyone who has chips then as long as you have a FS you break even(excluding rake), I would view the short sessions as a form of bounty game, and for them short game im almost in confusion if its good or bad, but a 3 hr game to get in to a donk slinging match during big blinds truck that for a LOL.
 Flippedchips22/10/2011 19:51:31 GMT
Posted by mahdrof:
One of my biggest beefs against tourneys with late buy-in, is that the amount of time you will spend at that tourney can become drastically drawn out depending on the number of late entries. If you sign up at a tourney with one hundred people at the start, and by the end of the late entry period there are three hundred, you might end up spending a lot more time playing than you originally wanted. This new type of tourney would take care of that problem, but for now I am just sticking to SNGs due to the restricted amount of time I have available at any one time for poker.


think your in the wrong thread madorf Big Smile
 Arithmajik22/10/2011 20:03:51 GMT
I'm glad they try to add new things. Sometimes they're stupid, sometimes they're good, but usually in either case there will be lots of people just trying them out with poor strategies so there's often an opportunity to capitalize at least in the early stages. Ya never know.
 Serpang22/10/2011 23:06:28 GMT
If we want enjoy poker, I think league format will be better. Players will not play gambling so much
cause result decided by few tourney or s n g. But not much site prepare league.

would someone give me information, what's site prepare poker league ?
 Macubaas23/10/2011 08:58:22 GMT
First of all is nice to see that here are always new stuff brought to poker players, in the past full tilt poker always brought inovations to the market Smile

I think the good part is for those players that are not made to play tournaments but again they should play cash games.

I'll try one myself and report back Smile
 Setera23/10/2011 15:07:36 GMT
might become excitening! though I likes the rush poker concept more. But nice idea tbh See how it'll turn
 lukasb23/10/2011 19:47:55 GMT
Interest to see what u guys will report back. i'm not sure what to think about this new concept, seems to be tight play suddenly turning to all-in shoves when time starts to run out. not sure if thats a good thing Confused

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