Full Tilt Poker which is owned by PokerStars has always been looking at new and innovative ways to increase the variety and enjoyment of its players since the site re-launched in November of 2012. Their latest offering as reported by Pokernews.com is that of ‘Flipout’ tournaments which are sure to have players intrigued and flocking to the virtual tables.
These tournaments will include a format that means that every player has to win just one hand to make it into the paying positions of the event. The catch is that this one hand will be the very first that they play. Each player that enters the event will see the first hand automatically push all of their chips into the middle no matter what the starting hands of the player are.
Survive that initial hand and the event reverts back to a normal tournament format, except each of the players left in will now be on the final table and know they have won some money and have the chance to increase that amount throughout the remainder of the tournament.
There are obvious benefits to a variation such as this. There is no bubble as such for a player to worry about and there is plenty of time saved rather than playing for hours to try and get in the money before bowing out at the last minute.
According to Pokernews, Sarne Lightman who is the Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker said: “The time saving of a Flipout is obvious, but a bit less obvious is what happens after the flip round. You’ll be in the money of a potentially large tournament and nobody has actually played a hand yet, this means the average skill level when you hit the money will be the same as the average skill level at the start of the tournament, which is very different from a standard tournament”.
Full Tilt Poker will be starting with 81 of these events today and will also be hosting a Flipout Festival on Friday this week. Full Tilt Poker will even throw in an extra $25k in cash and prizes for the 108 tournaments that will be on offer throughout the Friday festival. There will be a range of buy-ins to suit everyone, some of them even being free.
Sounds to us like a very innovative move by Full Tilt Poker and something that is sure to be a hit on the site.