PokerStars Reignites Single-Table Tourney War with Spin & Go Overhaul

PokerStars has revamped its Spin & Go system as the industry’s top operators unleash a flurry of single table tournament (STT) innovations.

PokerStars Spin & Go

PokerStars has overhauled its Spin & Go tournaments as its rivals release similar updates. (Image: PokerStars)

Although the update went live without much pomp and ceremony, the lottery-style games have been given a major overhaul. Heading the list of changes are reduced buy-ins.

In what appears to be another move aimed at casual players, the price of certain Spin & Go tournaments has been cut. Where once there was a price jump from $7 to $15, players can now take part in games costing $5 or $10.

Spin & Go Jackpots Lead to Rake Changes

As well as reducing certain fees, a new jackpot system has been created. Switching from game-to-game on a random basis, the $1 million jackpot will give more players a chance of winning a seven-figure sum.

The updates follow the introduction of Flash Spin & Go tournaments and should increase their overall allure. However, PokerStars has also upped the rake on selected games.

Where there were once $60 games charging 5 percent rake, PokerStars now offers $50 games with 6 percent rake. Further down the buy-in ladder, $10 tournaments are now raked at 7 percent compared to the 6 percent charged by their $15 predecessors.

Almost in unison with the changes at PokerStars, two other industry leaders have updated their STT software. Focusing on players and payouts, 888poker has altered the structure of its Blast tournaments.

In addition to reducing the number of players from four to three, the operator has tweaked its prize multipliers. The 1,000X multiplier has been replaced with one worth 25X and a new 3X multiplier has been introduced.

A representative for 888poker told 2+2 forum users that the changes are intended to make the “games start faster.”

Rivals Hit Back at PokerStars

While its peers have focused on speed and payouts, Partypoker is now rewarding consistency. Launched on December 4, a new Sit & Go leaderboard will payout $23,500 to the top players each week.

Achievements will be relative with games split into four tiers:

  • Low (buy-ins: $1 – $9.99): $1,000 prizepool
  • Mid (buy-ins: $10 – $49.99): $5,000 prizepool
  • High (buy-ins: $50 – 199.99): $10,000 prizepool
  • High Roller (buy-ins: $200+): $7,500 prizepool

Only standard Sit & Go tournaments, not Spins, will count towards a player’s score.

As the end of the year approaches, STTs are once again become a battleground. Throughout much of 2019, Partypoker and PokerStars were locked in a value war.

Using a combination of software updates and prizepool upgrades, the two used their STTs as weapons with which to poke their counterpart.

With 888poker entering the fray, the stage may be set for another round of single table innovations as we move into 2020.

Written by
Daniel Smyth
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.


korneel wrote...

It’s nice to see poker888 using a leaderboard.
This way the swings can be less hard.

Poker Orifice wrote...

It’d be nice to see a lowering of rake between the sites for competing with one another.

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