Spin & Go Flash Makes Million Dollar Jackpots Winnable in Minutes

PokerStars Spin & Go tournaments have been given a boost, quite literally, thanks to a new high-speed format.

PokerStars Spin & Go Flash

PokerStars will speed things up with a new selection of Spin & Go Flash tournaments. (Image: PokerStars)

In the latest twist on its lottery-style games, PokerStars has created Flash tables.

Designed to be faster than their traditional counterparts, Spin & Go Flash tournaments will see players scoop payouts topping $1 million in just a few minutes.

Shorter Levels, Smaller Stacks

Revealed to the online poker world on October 11, the new, single-table showdowns will feature one-minute blind levels. That’s three times faster than standard Spin & Go tables.

Additionally, Flash tournaments will feature starting stacks of 300 chips rather than 500.

The aim of the new format is to inject some added intensity and excitement into the three-handed tournaments.

For some players, however, the addition of speed will fill an already high-variance game with even more swings.

When the lottery-style tournaments first gained popularity, many regulars felt they were a cash grab. With small starting stacks, short blind levels and, random prize pools, the games feature more variance than regular sit and go tournaments.

But, over the last five years, players have warmed to the games. By developing new strategies, there are players that now thrive in the Spin & Go arena.

The new Flash format will challenge seasoned players to adapt once again. What’s more, the new tables should attract more casual players that want a quick way to play for some sizeable prizes.

Spin & Go Flash to Keep PokerStars Popular

There’s no doubt speeding up the games will give PokerStars another way to generate more rake.

From a business perspective, the online operator is always looking for ways to increase revenue. Contextually though, more rake means more activity across the network which, given the industry’s changing dynamics, is more important now than ever.

After dominating the online poker traffic rankings for over a decade, PokerStars is now the industry’s second-largest operator. Although it still has the most active overall player base, it trails IDNPoker in cash game activity.

According to PokerScout, IDNPoker has a seven-day cash game average of 6,400 players to PokerStars’ 6,000.

This changing of the guard has given other online poker operators confidence they can do the same. For PokerStars, it’s a sign that change is necessary to stay on top.

Earlier in October, talk of anonymous tables made the headlines. This pending innovation follows other recent offerings, such as virtual reality games and 6+ Hold’em.

Even though it may have slipped in recent months, PokerStars remains the biggest brand in poker. What’s more, it’s software team is one of the most active in terms of ideas and innovations.

Spin & Go Flash tournaments are another update designed to keep PokerStars ahead of the game, but they certainly won’t be the last.

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.


makisaa wrote...

This is very interesting, because it will create more exciting games. On the other hand these games will be based more on the factor of luck, because they will be faster! I would like to see more varince and to the other mtts!

Poker Orifice wrote...

Sounds terrible to me 🙁
So they take a very high variance format and they make it even HIGHER variance.

Once again it sounds like the desires of the poker player are not important. Compare this with Partypoker… where they are regularly reaching out to their player pool, asking them what they want. There has been vast improvements on PP over the last year or two.

Why don’t they just have it where you cut the deck & pay 1% rake each cut of the deck.
Players start with 1 chip. Allin first hand. All of the tournaments could go this way too.

imo, the only players who will like this are the ones who have the least skill edge. Is that poker?

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