Full Tilt Poker recently announced its intention to introduce flighted tournaments and it took less than expected for these innovative competitions to become reality. Just as the name suggests, those who plan on participating in these events will enjoy a lot of freedom in choosing the moment to sit down at the tables. They will take advantage of flexible starting times and there will be several preliminary flights scheduled, with each of them ending when the blinds reach a predetermined level.
The poker company is confident that the unmatched convenience of flighted tournaments will make them immensely popular with poker players, even those who don’t usually play tournaments. Many prominent events hosted by brick-and-mortar casinos are based on a similar principle, with players being allowed to register over two or three days. Those who suffer an untimely elimination can choose to fire another bullet and register for one of the upcoming flights.
Sundays are special for most poker players as this is the day when some of the best paying events are scheduled, but they will also have a special signification when it comes to flighted tournaments. This is when the final day one flight begins before the Day 2 culmination, so those who prefer the standard format should buy in on Sundays. By doing so, they will play the entire tournament on a single day, which is preferable for those who have a day job from Monday to Friday and are too tired to play poker.
In order to increase the popularity of the upcoming flighted tournaments and convince players to jump on the bandwagon early on, Full Tilt Poker professionals have already announced their intention to participate. UKIPT Tour Ambassador Ben Jenkins bought in for $26 this Sunday and competed in a tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000. He secured a spot in the Sunday’s Day 2 by qualifying last Tuesday, being one of the 88 players to advance to the next stage out of a total of 599.
Even more poker players bought in over the next five days, so at the end of the week, 572 of them were ready to compete for sizeable payouts on Day 2 at 14:00. As expected, the guaranteed prize pool of $30,000 was greatly exceeded, with players sharing a total amount of $93,168. The biggest slice went to Brazilian player “DouglasFerreira” while poker professional Ben Jenkins had to settle for a lower amount of $60.56, corresponding to his 276 finish.