A host of tournament changes hit the online felt over at 888poker last week, with more recreational-friendly options and bigger prize pools up for grabs. The 888poker revamp and rebrand has started to make its way through the pokerverse and one person who’s excited to get in amongst the action is online crusher, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman.
“888poker is going to become a much better place for MTT players to play in the future due to the vast variety of different tournaments on offer,” said Moorman.
The new MTT package has added an extra $500,000 in prizes and with more tournaments that have a guarantee of at least $10,000, it is easy to understand why Moorman, as well as poker players, are beginning to fall head over heels with the overhaul.
“My favorite changes to the new tournaments are the bigger prize pools and a greater emphasis on PKO tourneys. I find the knockout events to be really fun from the first hand compared to regular tournaments where I only get excited when I’m deep in the money and at the final table.”
And whilst it might be easy for a poker pro, and a world-leading one at that, to get accustomed to the new tournament catalog, it’s often easy to forget that recreational players can sometimes feel isolated when a platform brings wholesale change. Moorman however thinks that the modifications will help players see more prizes and that reiterates that all player types have been kept in mind throughout the thought processes in the build-up to this makeover.
“The bigger prize pools are great for players as it feels more worthwhile to play. PKO’s are generally better for recreational players because the edges aren’t as big for pro’s and you often get a percentage of your buy-in back even when the tournament goes poorly,” he said.
“The freezeout format is returning in certain events for players that don’t like re-entry events. Essentially there is a different type of event for every player type.”
Recreational players, even those with the most modest of bankrolls, can get into the high stakes tournaments on the cheap. With the site’s revamping, a new wave of satellite tournaments are now available to enter, and Moorman recalls how these events often led to some of his biggest thrills in the online poker world.
“The Big Shot $109 (a $150,000 GTD tournament) on a Sunday has satellites available all week. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush of playing a tournament bigger than you usually do whilst not having the pressure of paying the actual buy-in.”
Explaining the benefits of using satellites to help poker players boost their bankroll, it is easy to see why Moorman has a fondness for them. A small buy-in can turn into a great payday and be the final piece of the puzzle for casual players to begin their poker dreams, allowing them to start checking off items on their poker bucket lists.
“Some of my most memorable tournament wins are in tourneys I would never usually play but happened to get in for cheap. Cashing the event after winning a satellite can often result in ten times the profit when normally you see you less than 2x of your initial entry fee.”
“From there on out anything else is a massive bonus and allows you to play like you are on a freeroll with no fear.”