Tournament Types

Freeze out:
This is the most popular type of tournament. All players start with the same amount of chips and the game lasts until one player has won all the chips. The limits, blinds, bring-ins and antes increase at every level. Remaining players will be moved to different tables as tables break down. At the end of the tournament, one player has won all the chips and the whole prize pool will be split according to a pre-determined structure. For example: If there are 100 players in a tournament, the last 10 players will reach the ranking, whereby the eighth will receive more money than the ninth, the seventh more than the eighth and so on…
Fast Freezeout:
This kind of tournament is almost identical to the standard Freezeout; the only difference is you must be quicker: the blind levels increase quicker than the standard Freezeout tournament and you also have less time to act.
Rebuy/Add-on:
This variety of tournament leads to a higher prize pool. In a typical situation, you are able to Rebuy chips if your chip count is equal to or less than your starting chip count in the first six levels of the tournament. This may vary, depending upon the tournament. You are also entitled to make a further purchase of the same amount of starting chips during the first break no matter how many chips you already have, this is called the “add-on”. In Rebuy tournaments, players risk more because they don’t have to worry about being eliminated early on due to the fact that they have the option of making a Rebuy.
Deepstack:
For those who enjoy digging away at other players “chips, this is the tournament for you. Every player starts off with a larger amount of chips than the standard tournaments – giving them the chance to work their way through the other players” chips. These types of tournaments favor the calculating, conservative and experienced player.
Shortstack:
Every player starts with 800 chips as opposed to 1500 in the standard tournaments, so you might need to be a good bluffer to keep yourself in the game, especially when the bubble is about to burst! Keep an eye on your stack, the clock and the next level just to make it past that bubble…
Satellite:
These are smaller tournaments wherein you can qualify for a bigger tournament.
Freeroll:
These are tournaments offering a prize but cost nothing to enter. Sometimes these tournaments adhere to certain conditions. For example, for new players only, but sometimes also for all players as well. Freerolls are a good way to learn more about poker, and even win something!