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Adapting to Changing HT Conditions

Succeeding under a new format

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Mar 04, 2011


PokerStars recently changed the format of most of its six-handed hyperturbo sit-and-gos (HTs). Prior to 2011, both first and second place won approximately two and half times their buy-in, while third place got roughly his money back. Since the start of the new year, the buy-ins have been lowered, and first and second win almost three times their buy-in, while third gets essentially nothing. For example, the PokerStars gold standard has long been the $88 HT that awarded two $215 seats to the Sunday Million, while third place received $87.68. Now, that same HT has a buy-in of $74, and it still awards two $215 seats, but third place gets only $2.80. It’s the only HT that runs around-the-clock (except for a few hours on Sundays during the majors), so it attracts most of the serious HT grinders. You should have seen the commotion that this abrupt change caused; you ...

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