Lottery-style sit and go's — where three players play in a hyper turbo format for a randomly determined prize — are the latest rage in the poker world. This is evidenced on PokerStars, where Spin & Go's have been attracting both recreational and more serious poker enthusiasts in huge numbers.
This past weekend on its French client, PokerStars rolled out a new type of tournament named Sunday 3D based of its popular game in Spin & Go tournaments. These multi-table tournaments, which are currently being offered on a trial basis, are similar to Spin & Go's in that they're played at three-max tables with a hyper-turbo structure of three-minute levels and players starting with 500 chips. The main difference between Spin & Go's and the new tournaments — aside from the one being a sit and go and the other a multi-table tournament — is that the prize pool is not randomly determined in the Sunday 3D. Instead, the prize pool is based off entry fees with no random element involved.
The fog is getting thicker...and PokerStars' Spin & Gos are getting laaaaaaaaarger.
This past Sunday, there were three different buy-in levels available with a small-stakes €5 buy-in, a mid-stakes €25 buy-in, and a high-stakes €100 buy-in, which had respective prize pools of €5,000, €10,000, and €15,000.
It appears that the initial offerings did not meet expectations as according to Poker Industry Pro, none of the tournaments met their guaranteed prize pools.
When reached by PokerNews as to whether these games will be expanded to its other poker clients, PokerStars had no comment.
The experimental Spin & Go style tournaments were not the only new games introduced in August. At the beginning of the month, PokerStars introduced super-sized $100 buy-in Spin & Go's with the possibility of a top prize of $300,000.
PokerStars's Brad Willis summarized these games best on the PokerStars blog when he stated: "The fog is getting thicker...and PokerStars' Spin & Gos are getting laaaaaaaaarger."
Later in the month, PokerStars introduced micro-stakes Spin & Go's to its French and Spanish clients. These tournaments, which feature just a €0.25 buy-in, give players in France a chance to play for up to €3,000, while players in Spain have a chance to play for as much as €1,200.