Understanding Tournament Final Table Features Updated

Reaching the final table in a multi-table tournament is a great achievement in itself and players often want to savor this glorious moment. To enhance your experience at the final table, we have added the following features.

A 5 minute break time will be applied at the start of every Final Table. Final Table rules will be shown during this break time.

Players can now manage their action time more wisely with the Chess Clock. Unlike basic time management, players will be given a set amount of time which they can use until the end of their play at the table.

Also, all players will be given with a chance to Switch Seats at the start of the final table . This will bring an added twist to the situation and make things more interesting.

With our much-anticipated feature Make a Deal, players can guarantee their share of the payout by choosing to split the remaining prize rather than playing the tournament game to its completion.

These new features will set a dynamic game pace and bring more excitement to your tournament experience

Understanding when final table features activate

  • You must be in the ITM stage and reach the final table
  •  Does not apply to Freeroll, Satellite, and T$ Builder tournaments* Note: A Re-Entry is considered as a new entrant, but rebuys/add-ons are exempt.


Understanding switching seats

Before the final table starts, players can choose what seats they want to sit at

  • A player will select a seat and automatically switch seats with that player
  • Each player will be given 30 seconds to select a seat
  • A seat that has been selected by a previous player can be chosen by those who choose later

Seat selection order will commence based on the chip count of the player

  • Seat selection will commence from smallest to the biggest chip stack
  • Chip leader will be the last to switch seats
  • When chip counts are the same, the player who had registered into the tournament first will choose last

Understanding Deal Making

  • All players must first agree to making a deal
  • Then the game will momentarily stop to show the prize amount that will be distributed in accordance with the chip stacks in each player's possession
  • The deal will be completed only when all players agree to this prize distribution
  • The method used to determine the prize distribution is the Independent Chip Model (ICM)
  • With the application of ICM, the payout is accurately calculated according to the chip stack ensuring a fair distribution of the prize

Understanding “agree to Deal Making”

  • In the top right corner of the final table, there is a Deal button (PC: Deal Making button). Click it to bring up the agreement pop-up.
  • You will be able to agree to Deal Making from here.
  • If you wish to cancel, then click the button again and select 'Cancel Deal Reservation'.

When all players agree to Deal Making,

  • All players must accept the deal for it to be finalized, after which the prize pool will be credited
  • Normal play will resume to determine the final ranking for Tournament Leaderboard Point (TLP) purposes

Understanding ICM (Independent Chip Model)

 ICM is an acronym for Independent Chip Model, and is a distribution method based on the current chip count of players regardless of external factors such as poker skills, blinds, bubble, etc.

Understanding how ICM is different from the Chip Chop method

  • There are situations when the chip leader receives more than the first place prize amount when a Chip Chop method is applied. In these cases, other players will also receive prize amounts less than the expected prize payout. Therefore, many cases may arise where players will not agree to Deal Making.
  • Unlike the Chip Chop method, the ICM method takes more factors into consideration and ensures a more fair distribution of the prize.

Understanding payout calculation via ICM

  • The chip count is not considered real money before the tournament is completed.
  • For the sake of example, let's say the first and second place prize amount is 100 and 50 respectively but the status of chips is 1,000 and 1 respectively. In this situation, even though a player may have 1,000 times more chips, the player will only be awarded a prize amount that is two times greater. Therefore, distributing the prize based solely on the chip count is unreasonable.
  • Using ICM in the example above, the prize will be distributed 99.95 and 50.05 respectively
  • When using ICM to calculate the prize payout, there is a specific amount of chips based on N players, and when players randomly go all-in (each all-in winning rate is 50:50), the odds of each player finishing from 1st to Nth place is determined to come up with EV.
  • ICM EV$ = ProbabilityFinish1st * FirstPrize$ + ProbabilityFinish2nd * SecondPrize$ + … + ProbabilityFinishNth * NthPrize$

Understanding Chess Clock

A Chess Clock is a set amount of time given to each player

Understanding how Chess Clock works

  • It will start to decrease during a player’s turn
  • Once the Game Clock expires, the player will only get 5 seconds per turn to decide
  • Chess Clock will be set with fixed time + Players Time bank. It is given by the average value of Tournament M + Players time bank remained as well.
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