A Multi Table poker tournament is basically a Sit-and-Go Tournament on a much grander scale. Instead of one table, there can be as many as 500. As players are eliminated, the number of tables decreases until you are left with one final table.
Due to the large size and scale of a Multi Table poker tournament, there is usually a lot of excitement and buzz at the online poker tables when one is in progress.
Up to 1000 people or more can compete in an online Multi Table tournament. Each player has a designated table of 10 players from which to begin playing. As the tournament progresses and players are eliminated, the poker server shifts players into the newly vacant seats, thus, lessening the amount of tables.
Ultimately, the game is reduced to two opponents, just like a Single Table tournament, and closes when one player wins every last chip. Then, the prize pool is distributed among the leading players.
Of course, the first place winner gets the largest amount. However, Multi Table events ordinarily pay more players than Single Table tournaments. Usually, the final 5-10% players win a certain part of the prize pool.
Over time, the blinds rise as well, normally quite quickly. The reason for this is to encourage people to play. If they don't, the result will be that the blinds will eat away at their chip stacks. With all this happening around you, you have to play or risk going down without a fight.
This is precisely what gives Multi Table poker tournaments much of their frenzied atmosphere. There is also the fact that you don't know who you are playing against.
At the beginning of an online Multi Table tournament, you will want to be as conservative as possible. Players are going to be doing whatever they can to win a huge pot and going all in with 7 other players, yet while this is potentially very lucrative, it can also be very foolish. The presence of Re-Buys & Add Ons can also change things in the first instance.
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