€1,600 NLH Progressive Bounty 8-Max

A Progressive Bounty, Live!

(photo from the test run in Rotterdam)

For the first time at the Master Classics of Poker, a live progressive bounty event. After a successful test run in Rotterdam last year, the unique format has now been implemented in many local poker series in the Netherlands. And now, upon request by the players, a €1,600 version at the MCOP.

The concept is widely available online, but live some logistics had to be figured out for it to work. Holland Casino found a simple but good solution, and players seem to enjoy it a great deal.

Players buy in for €1,500 + €100. €1,000 of that goes to the regular prize pool, and €500 is put on players' heads as a bounty. If you knock out a player, you pocket half of the bounty, and the other half goes on top of your own bounty. That way, the more people you knock out, the more you're worth yourself. It goes without saying that this alters the game's dynamics drastically.

The event gets underway at 4 p.m. with 80 seats available. Players start with 20,000 in chips and no option to rebuy or to reenter. Levels are 40 minutes long. Day 2 starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow as the tournament plays till the inaugural Progressive Bounty champion is crowned.

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Players have their bounty in front of them written on a piece of paper, but the organizers also keep track in an excel sheet (photo from the test run in Rotterdam)