All the Freeroll have 70% Sitting out. How are we supposed to get a game going, if noboby is playing?
Sane people dont want to waste their time on a freeroll, where up to 6.000 people compete for 200$. This is why, they register but dont sit in, basically just hoping to fold their way to a min-cash. If you want a good game of poker, then put money on the table and play. Like even just a dollar for a SnG. Its absurd, how many people spend their time complaining about freerolls in a forum, which is supposed to be for poker enthusiasts.
This will result, I think, that more people with a lower bankroll will play SnG and later start playing tournaments. Moreover, this will also raise the bar for playing tournaments due to higher entry fee.
But maybe thats actually not such a bad thing? If you are new to running, you probably dont choose to begin with a marathon. And in the same way it can make a lot of sense for new poker players to start with small tournaments like SnGs, before they jump on the big ones, that lasts for several hours.
But then is there less fish in tournaments , less money for me
Ha ha. I have not yet played enough after the changes to have an informed opinion about, what they have done to game quality. But I would tend to think, its more or less the same. The real difference is, that the bar has been raised for those, who are trying to grind up a bankroll playing MTTs. To do this will now either take more time, because less tournaments are running, or you need to begin with a larger deposit, so that you can compensate by playing a wider span of buyins. But then again making it easy for grinders was certainly also not their purpose. They solely have the recreational players in mind and are trying to give them, what they want. Time will tell, how well they have succeeded with that.
I am extremely disappointed to see they have made nearly all satellites turbos. In fact in the entire day I could only see one mutli-step satellite running at normal speed or sub-satellite and one $16.50 satellite which is quite a pricey satellite. All the others are gone. Turbo sats require so much luck and feel your spunking your money away. They have also made the 80+ club game a turbo. I have only just reached that level and finally glad to play one of the club games that was not turbo which gives you a chance to run deep if you play well, but now its become a jackpot game like the others. With the amount of club games could they not have left the only normal speed one, at normal speed? All their other freerolls are turbo's or super turbo. However to play this one you had to invest significant rake in the site but they have now made this like all the rest. I am a recreational player but do not want to throw all my money on turbos.
Its true, that they have made some changes to make some of the games run faster. Before there were some satellites with 8 min blind intervals, and now its all 6 min blind intervals or 5 min for the cheapest satellites. Not sure how the cheapest were before, because I never played them. The cheapest regular tournaments are now mostly with 8 min blind intervals, and before there were some with 10 min blind intervals.
So is this an attempt to meet player demand, or is it an attempt to earn more rake by making the games run faster? I will argue, its probably a bit of both. There is no way around the fact, that its good for poker sites, if games run faster, because then on average people will play more games.
However there is also no way around the fact, that when people get to choose as in the SnG lobby, then the faster tournaments (turbos) tend to be more popular. And in the same way I think, the majority of players will actually be ok with the fact, that a 2,2$ MTT runs with 8 min blind intervals, so that it takes a bit less time to min-cash for 4$. Or that a satellite runs with 6 min blind intervals, so that the total time for playing the satellite + the target tournament is reduced just a little bit.
And there are still lots of tournaments with 10 min or 12 min blind intervals. There are even some called "Voyage", which start with a very deep 250BB, and where late registration run for 170 minutes. So if you prefer to play with slower blinds, then maybe focus less on satellites and buy in directly instead.
Finally I dont quite agree, that no skill edge can be found in tournaments with 6 min blind intervals. I have played those quite a bit on 888 Poker and done very well in them including the satellites. When it gets down to 2-3 minutes, as in most of the freerolls, it does get kind of silly though. But then again poker sites are not exactly obliged to offer freerolls in the first place. So one can hardly blame them for creating a structure, where people bust fast, so that maybe they go and spend money on other games. This is at the end of the day the only reason, why freerolls even exist.
at least they are changing something ... it's time to change this site
I am not a big fan of all these re-entries I thought they were cutting down on them but can see one of the no re-entries has now been flipped to a re-entry.
They have increased the payout structure which is very good although think it would be more accurate to count the re-entries as players like most other sites
I was not saying their was no edge in turbos but I think it does increase variance and reduce overall profitability and you have to take more chances with weaker hands although do think it reduces edge.
The main thing I like about the sats on 888 though is they finish on time for the tourney whereas on Stars they drop you 30 mins to 95 into late reg not giving the option to play the whole tourney. Another big thing they need to work on is the software crashes.