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Empire Poker Tournaments

, 2005-01-25, by TwoGun

Poker rooms often guarantee a prize pool for a tournament. This means that even if a lot of people do not sign up for the tournament, the poker room will add extra money to the prize pool until the prize pool is at least the amount they guaranteed. For example, suppose there is a $1000 guaranteed tournament with a $10 buyin. If 300 people enter, the prize pool would be $3000, so the guarantee does not matter. However, if only 50 people enter, the prize pool would only be $500. Since it is less than $1000, the poker room would end up having to add $500 more to the prize pool to match the guarantee. This is good for the players because it essentially means free money has been thrown into the pot.

Empire Poker is now running many tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. For example, they have a Tuesday $5000 guaranteed tournament that has a $20+$2 buyin. This means that even if 250 players or more do not register, the prize pool will still be at least $5000. When not that many players register for the tournament, that means the guarantee goes into place and Empire adds money to the prize pool until it reaches the guarantee. Today, 229 players entered the tournament, so Empire ended up adding $420 to the prize pool so the guarantee would be met.

Empire seems to be running more of these types of tournaments lately, and they even have four guaranteed tournaments daily, three $1000 guaranteed tourneys and a $2500 guaranteed tournament. Pay attention to these guaranteed tournaments because sometimes an overlay occurs, which means that Empire ends up adding extra money to the prize pool to match the guarantee.

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