Before I get into this, I want to state out front I do quite well in the poker room and I see opportunities to make the poker room better than it is today.
The tournaments I am going to ask to be implemented are available elsewhere and are wildly popular:
Hyper Turbo and Super Hyper Turbo
These are tournaments with very short levels and can be used with a super stack or a smaller stack.
Hyper Turbo usually have 5 minute levels and a shorter stack of chips, usually 5,000 or less.
Super Hyper Turbo usually have anywhere from 1-3 minute levels and can be used with either a super stack or short stack.
Both of the above tournaments run effectively and don’t last several hours to play. Players love these because of how quick they run and they aren’t tied to a chair for a long period of time. It also gives them the opportunity to play more tournaments as most players don’t multi tournament table or play cash games on the side. This keeps them active and playing. Not to mention the house ends up with more tournament fees in their pocket.
Short Stacked is a crazy fun tournament because you start with anywhere from 300-1000 chips. I’ve seen it as low as 100. These tournaments move very quickly and typically have 10 minute levels at most. Standard is 6 minutes but I’ve seen less and I’ve seen more but 6 minutes is pretty constant. Again it doesn’t tie the player into a long marathon tournament and they can play a lot of these. As with the turbos these generate a lot more in fees for the house.
Fixed Limit Hold Em along with Omaha and Omaha Hi Lo These are a true poker player delight as it gets rid of the all in faction of the game until they are literally out of chips. This is where the rubber meets the road and ask any good player, it takes skill to win these tournaments not luck of the draw. These don’t need to be super stacked, they can be 1500 - 5000 and have 8-10 minute levels. The players actually can play more marginal hands and take shots without putting their tournament life at risk with just one hand. Again very popular.
Head to Head 32/64/128/256 seats What’s not to like to prove that you’re better than someone else playing them head to head? You don’t need a lot of chips to play these as each round would have the same set amount. You can go 500-1500 and nothing higher. These run quickly and who doesn’t want to be the King of the Mountain with these.
Running Bounty Per Head I need to explain this one in full so there is a clear understanding of how this works.
Each player starts with x bounty and as time goes on they either become less of a bounty ( due to not being as good as others) and those that knock out more players over time their value goes up. ( due to knocking out more players and tougher to knock out overall)
Each bounty tournament would determine their worth, however the tournament entry must be the same amount.
Let’s say the tournament is $15 + $1.50
Every player starts with a $5 bounty.
Louis isn’t a very skilled player and gets knocked out early on. His bounty the next tournament in this range would be less than $5. However I am a skilled player and knockout several plays and cash the tournament. My bounty the next round would be worth more than $5.
This makes it a bit more interesting as people will be coming after that higher bounty player.
The above are great tournaments to add.
The thing that is bothersome is that currently tournaments lasts too long due to such a late registration. I understand that this is done to guarantee that the guaranteed amount is hit but that is never a problem in any of those tournaments.
While players have no issue with big Sunday tournaments and 6 figure guaranteed, they don’t need to be playing all day in a 3K tournament. Something needs to be done whether it’s to lower the level time or lower the late registration level. But it is a concern and it’s not me that sees this issue.
I would love to have my own poker tournament area at Bovada and run my own tournaments and I have several promotion tournaments that would keep players playing all day and all night while not sitting in one tournament.
You won’t be sorry you take me up on any of this.