Players are allowed to register for tournaments during a predetermined period prior to the start of
the tournament. Registration continues until the registration period ends or the maximum number of
players for the tournament is reached. In order to register, players normally pay an entry fee,
however some tournaments may be free to enter (freerolls).
If a tournament allows re-buys and/or add-ons, you can have automatic re-buys and add-ons at
tournament table. On the table, there are two check boxes, Auto Re-buy and Auto
Add-on, that you can select to have automatic re-buys and add-ons.
Multi-Table Tournaments on PlayNow.com have Tournament Deal functionality that allows players to
agree to a prize payout prior to the tournament ending. This payout is based on a formula and ALL
players must agree in order for the deal to take place. If ALL players do not agree to the deal
proposed by the system, play will continue.
The Tournament Deal functionality is based upon the following: once prize positions have been
reached, if players decide amongst themselves that they wish to split or ?chop? the prize between
those left in the tournament, they will receive their allotted amounts in the following way (each
remaining player will have this formula applied to them individually):
- A prize equal to the next payout not yet distributed on the prize structure PLUS
- An equal share of half of the remaining prize pool PLUS
- Share of the remaining 50% of the prize pool based on their chipstacks (the percentage of chips
they held compared to the total amount of chips in play)
- 200 players are in a 20$ buy-in tournament, which has $4,000 in the Prize pool. In Total, 30
players are paid in this tournament, however only 20 players remain as of right now.
- These 20 players decide that they wish to split the remaining Prize pool amongst themselves;
since positions 30 through 21 have already been paid out ($50.00 each), there is only $3,500.00
left to split amongst the 20 players.
- 20th place is worth $70.00, so all 20 players receive the 20th place payout, totalling
$1,400.00, leaving $2,100.00 in the Prize pool.
- Half of the Prize pool is distributed equally between the players; ($52.50 each) leaving
$1,050.00 in the Prize pool.
- The last amount ($1,050.00) is then distributed according to players chipstacks at the time of
- If the Player who is chip leader has 35% of the total chips in play, he would receive then 35%
of the remaining prize money ($367.50), with each remaining player receiving their share
according to their chipstack.
This distribution method ensures that all of the prize money is distributed to the players who've
made the Tournament Deal. In this example, first place with 35% of the chips in the
tournament would receive the following amount: $70.00 + $52.50 + $367.50 = $490.00
Here is an example distribution of the prizes for all players that were eligible to receive a
|Positions 30 to 21 already paid out
||10x $50.00 - $500.00
|Next bottom prize payout (20th place)
||20x $70.00 - $1,400.00
|Split of half remaining prize pool
||20x $52.50 - $1,050.00
|Chipstack % of remaining half of prize pool
||100% of Chips totalling - $1,050.00
|Total Prizepool paid out:
Enter a Tournament
To enter the Multi Table Tournament screen, click the MULTI-TABLE TOURNAMENT tab.
From the Multi Table Tournament screen, players can register to play or click to watch a tournament
(if one is in progress), as well as see all the important aspects of a tournament in real time.
The TID column shows the Tournament ID. It is possible to filter tournament types by
clicking one of the five filter buttons labelled All, Regular, Satellites, Heads Up,
Special, Free roll, or Private.
All: All tables.
Regular: Tournaments with no special requirements to enter.
Special: Tournaments where e.g. special conditions for registration apply.
Heads Up: Tournament which is organized into multiple rounds with two players per
table in each round.
Freeroll: Tournaments with no buy in or entry fee.
Satellites: Tournaments that are qualifiers for other tournaments.
Private: Private tournaments.
|Start time (GMT)
||Shows the start time for each tournament.
||The name of the tournament.
||Shows if the tournament has a fixed limit, no limit, or a pot limit. See Limits section for further
||Shows the buy in cost + the entry fee for the selected tournament.
||Shows tournament status.
||Shows how many players are registered for an upcoming tournament or the number of starting
competitors in an ongoing tournament.
Click the column headings to change the sorting order in the different columns. It is possible to use
two columns as sorting keys by first clicking one column and then another (the most important column
should be clicked last). Example: To sort the columns in a Texas Hold'em table list by first the
type of game and then the stakes, first click the STAKES column, then the TYPE column.
The sorting order for each tournament and table list is preserved until it is changed.
Join the Game
If the game state is Register, a player can join the game by clicking the Register button on
the tournament registration screen. A pop-up box asks the player to pay the buy in and entrance fee.
By clicking OK, the player receives a notification that he/she is registered for the
Late Registration allows players to continue to register for the tournament after the tournament has
started. The following time conditions apply to Late Registration on PlayNow.com:
- Freezeouts, unless all tables are full, 60 minutes.
- Turbo tournaments, dependant on 3 or 5 min blind structure, 15/30 minutes.
- Re-buy tournaments 50 minutes.
Some tournaments offer re-buys. If a player selects not to be offered a re-buy during the remainder
of a game, that selection can be reversed by clicking the Rebuy chips selection box in the
game action display.
When a satellite tournament is cancelled or interrupted, the refund policy described above applies.
However, because a satellite tournament is used to win a seat at another tournament, other
tournaments may be offered. This decision depends on the number of seats offered and the buy-in and
entry fee amount for the other tournament, as well as the number of active players remaining when
the tournament was interrupted.
Sit & Go Tournament Refund Policy
- Sit & Go Tournaments will normally be refunded with-in 24 hours of System Downtime
- If a Heads-Up Sit & Go Tournament is cancelled, both Players receive their buy-in and entry
fee back, irrespective of how many chips either player holds.
- If a Sit & Go Tournament is cancelled, the tournament is classified as Void, and all players
receive their buy-in and entry fee back.
- If a Sit & Go Tournament has a buy-in greater than $10 and has 30 players or more, then the
tournament will be refunded as per MTT refund policy.
Information for each table in the tournament is shown together with a complete list of all players
participating in the tournament.
Select a table and click Go To Table. This opens a live view of the selected table.
Select a player and click Player Info to show information about the player.
Shows tournament specific information such as blind level schedule and distribution of the prize pot
as well as start and stop levels of hand for hand play mode.
Click the Back button to return to the Tournament screen.
Tournament Cancellation and Refund Policy
This general policy applies to all tournaments, subject to the application of specific tournament
refund rules that may be accessed from the TOURNAMENT INFO section in the Poker Lobby.
Multi-table tournaments may be cancelled or interrupted for a variety of reasons. Here is how
PlayNow.com will refund players' buy-in and tournament entry fees if play is not able to resume
after an interruption:
- The tournament has not begun: In this case, buy-in and entry fees are refunded to all registered
- Fewer than 20% of players have been eliminated: buy-in and entry fees are refunded to all
- Twenty percent or more of players have been eliminated, but prizes have not begun to be paid
The prize pool has begun to be paid out:
- a) 50% of the prize pool is divided equally among remaining active players; then
- b) 50% of the prize pool is divided equally among remaining active players; then
- a) all remaining active players receive the amount that would have been won by the next
player to be eliminated; then
- b) 50% of the remaining prize pool is divided equally among remaining active players; then
- c) 50% is paid pro-rated to the number of chips these active players possess.
A tournament pays ten winners using the following formula:
1st place: 30% of the prize pool
2nd place: 20% of the prize pool
3rd place: 15% of the prize pool
4th to 10th place share 35% of the prize pool, but in our example, these players have already been
A tournament with a $10,000 prize pool is interrupted and cancelled when only three players remain in
Players who finished in 4th to 10th place have already been paid.
The remaining prize pool, $6500, is to be shared among the top three players.
Each one then receives 15% (the 3rd place prize) of the total prize pool:
$1,500 X 3 players = $4500 (of $6500)
Next, 50% of the remaining prize pool is divided equally among remaining active players:
$2000 remains, X 50% = $1000 ½ 3 = $333.33 each
The other 50% ($1,000) is then distributed in accordance with the proportion of chips held by each
For example, there are 100 chips on the table:
Player 1 has fifty chips, 50% of $1000 = $500
Player 2 has forty chips, 40% of $1000 = $400
Player 3 has ten chips, 10% of $1000 = $100
In Rebuy/Add-on tournaments, buy-in and Rebuy/Add-on fees are refunded if the tournament is
interrupted before the end of the Rebuy/Add-on period, regardless of the number of eliminated
players (less than 20% or 20% and more).
In Headhunter tournaments, players keep their bonuses (bounty) and refunds are made according to one
of the above four methods.
During the registration period the player may unregister from the tournament by clicking the Unregister
button on the tournament information screen.
The player will get a notification that he/she is un-registered from the tournament and that the buy
in and registration fee are refunded to his/her account.
View Tournament Information
Select a tournament by clicking a tournament row. Some information about the tournament is displayed
in the pane to the right of the tournament list. For more information, click the Tournament
Info button. General tournament information is presented to the left in the screen and more
specific information can be found under the two tabs Table Info and Tournament Info. The information
differs slightly depending on the status of the tournament.