two interesting sng variants
I found them at Ladbrokes:
BOTH ENDS. No, it's not a crude joke. It's a single-table sit n go where first place and last place split the pot 50/50. In the one I played there were 8 entrants at $2 each. I was farthest from the button and therefore had the best chance of finishing last, but my first hand was 66 and I hoped to eliminate a number of the others and fight for first. So six of us went all in and I lost. Presto, instant $8.
ALL IN HEADS UP TOURNEY. This one involves 16 players who go heads up in pairs and are forced all in on the very first hand. Places 1-4 get paid, so you basically have to win two all ins in a row to make some money (with 3 and 4, the semifinal losers, getting the same dollar amount). This tourney is a version of what I call spectator poker, and it's lightning fast. It's over so quickly that it's not as much fun as Both Ends, but good for a lark once in a while and only $5+50c to enter.
BTW, one of the great things about the British poker sites
such as Ladbrokes, Bwin, Betfair, and English Harbour is that many forms of gambling, including sports betting, are 100% lawful and thoroughly regulated over there. I prefer having my poker balance secured by the Royal Bank of Scotland rather than the U-Haul Bank Trailer of the South Sandwich Islands.