An MTT where you can win a direct seat to another final table
Would you play this format? Win an MTT and get ‘parachuted’ directly onto the final table of another event for free.
A very curious tournament idea happened over the weekend which got a lot of people talking.
The Prime Social Summer Series just took place in Houston and it featured a $600 event with a $300,000 guarantee.
Nobody likes busting a tournament with a nice guarantee, so the tour hosted a $200 side event for players who were eliminated. The twist being that the winner of that side event, in addition to the prize in that tournament, won another seat back in the aforementioned $300,000 event directly at the final table.
It seems only players who entered both tournaments were eligible. The player who was parachuted into the final table would be given 15 big blinds or match the lowest stack at the table, whichever was the fewest chips. They would also be guaranteed 9th place prize money.
Adrian Curry was the player who won the $200 tournament and went on to come 7th for $13,990 in the $300,000 guaranteed event. You can rewatch the event here.
Was it unfair?
No doubt he was happy with the format but not everyone was, and a few vocal critics expressed their concerns on Twitter and the poker forums:
Snap reaction if I’m FT of $600 I’m pissed they’re giving away my money unless 9th place ICM is somehow added to all FT stackoffs or something. Hate to be results oriented but especially not happy if they win or if I bubble w like 5bb~
— SpenceDogWoofWoof (@DogSpence) May 30, 2021
Was this turbo on the schedule to begin with ? (So anyone playing the $600 event was aware of it from the start?)
It’s fucked in a lot of ways, including that the other FT members had to endure ICM pressure short handed with bb ante at 2 tables, while $200= no ICM bc WTA
— @rEaLrUeTaMa (@realruetama) May 30, 2021
It seems to that a lot of players did not realise this unusual quirk was part of the festival and others thought it was very unfair to the other players. This writer actually thinks it’s quite a fun idea that should get tried out a few more times, albeit advertised better. I’m not sure you’d want to do it for prestigious tournaments like bracelet events, but it’s certainly a novel way to keep the side events busy at a festival.
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