PokerStars wants more people to feel the thrill of cashing, even minimally, in a new type of tournament they’ve dubbed their “Double Bubble” tournaments. In traditional modern day poker tournaments one can expect the money bubble to happen right around 10-12%. PokerStars wants to payout a little more than that – they want to pay 50%.
The ever-present Lee Jones took to the PokerStars blog to announce the trial run of a tournament where 50% of the player pool is going to make at least their money back.
As time has progressed, most of us in the business have come to believe that paying out more of the field is better. That is, increasing the number of players who get something back is preferable to putting an extra bonus on top of the already staggering size of the prizes at the top.
So instead of a select few walking away with their coffers filled, half the field will at least break even and then, once that bubble has burst…it’s a traditional race to be part of the, now, top 8% when you begin to make money.
Obviously, these tournaments aren’t going to return massive prizes at the top – if you want to go for the big brass ring, sign up for one of our regular tournaments. But if you want some good fun with nominally a 50% chance of getting your money back, and the chance to still win some nice prizes deep in, maybe Double Bubbles are just the thing for you.
PokerStars plans on rolling this out at the 2015 PCA in the live arena to see how it plays out.