Tournament Final Table Features

TOURNAMENT FINAL TABLES LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE!

What unique features do final tables at tournaments offer?

  • Switch Seats – A new exciting twist that will allow you to switch seats!
  • Deal Making – Prizes will be distributed more fairly using the ICM method
  • Game Clock – A more dynamic game pace with a set time limit

When do these final table features activate?

  • You must be in the ITM stage and reach the final table
  • Does not apply to Freeroll, Satellite, and T$ Builder tournaments
Tournament Type Minimum Entrants
6-Ring 30
9-Ring 50
* Note: A Re-Entry is considered as a new entrant, but rebuys/add-ons are exempt

Switch Seats

How does switching seats work?
  • Before the final table starts, players can choose what seats they want to sit at
    • A player will select a seat and automatically switch seats with that player
    • Each player will be given 30 seconds to select a seat
    • A seat that has been selected by a previous player can be chosen by those who choose later
  • Seat selection order will commence based on the chip count of the player
    • Seat selection will commence from smallest to the biggest chip stack
    • Chip leader will be the last to switch seats
    • When chip counts are the same, the player who had registered into the tournament first will choose last

Deal Making

How does Deal Making work?
  • How to agree to Deal Making
    • In the top right corner of the final table, there is a Deal button (PC: Deal Making button). Click it to bring up the agreement pop-up.
    • You will be able to agree to Deal Making from here.
    • If you wish to cancel, then click the button again and select ‘Cancel Deal Reservation’.
  • When all players agree to Deal Making,
    • All players must accept the deal for it to be finalized, after which the prize pool will be credited
    • Normal play will resume to determine the final ranking for Tournament Leaderboard Point (TLP) purposes
  • The Deal Making (a.k.a. {ICM} Deal) option is available after seat selection has been completed
    • All players must first agree to making a deal
    • Then the game will momentarily stop to show the prize amount that will be distributed in accordance with the chip stacks in each player’s possession
    • The deal will be completed only when all players agree to this prize distribution
    • The method used to determine the prize distribution is the Independent Chip Model (ICM)
    • With the application of ICM, the payout is accurately calculated according to the chip stack ensuring a fair distribution of the prize

What is ICM (Independent Chip Model)?

  • ICM is an acronym for Independent Chip Model, and is a distribution method based on the current chip count of players regardless of external factors such as poker skills, blinds, bubble, and etc.
  • How is it different from the Chip Chop method?
    • There are situations when the chip leader receives more than the first place prize amount when a Chip Chop method is applied. In these cases, other players will also receive prize amounts less than the expected prize payout. Therefore, many cases may arise where players will not agree to Deal Making.
    • Unlike the Chip Chop method, the ICM method takes more factors into consideration and ensures a more fair distribution of the prize.
  • How to calculate payout via ICM?
    • The chip count is not considered real money before the tournament is completed.
    • For the sake of example, let’s say the first and second place prize amount is 100 and 50 respectively but the status of chips is 1,000 and 1 respectively. In this situation, even though a player may have 1,000 times more chips, the player will only be awarded a prize amount that is two times greater. Therefore, distributing the prize based solely on the chip count is unreasonable.
    • Using ICM in the example above, the prize will be distributed 99.95 and 50.05 respectively.
    • When using ICM to calculate the prize payout, there is a specific amount of chips based on N players, and when players randomly go all-in (each all-in winning rate is 50:50), the odds of each player finishing from 1st to Nth place is determined to come up with EV.
    • ICM EV$ = ProbabilityFinish1st * FirstPrize$ + ProbabilityFinish2nd * SecondPrize$ + … + ProbabilityFinishNth * NthPrize$

Game Clock

What is a Game Clock?
  • A Game Clock is a set amount of time given to each player
  • It will start to decrease during a player’s turn
  • Once the Game Clock expires, the player will only get 5 seconds per turn to make a decision
  • The average value of Tournament M is given for the Game Clock
    • {(Chip Total of all players) / (Small Blind + Big Blind + Total Ante)} / Number of Players
    • The maximum and minimum Game Clock values are 15 minutes and 1 minute respectively