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posted by TripJax @ 9:18 PM, ,

Full Tilt Cashout Tournaments

Was reading Bayne today and noticed his mention of the new Cashout Tournaments at Full Tilt.  This sparked my interest as I've pondered this idea in the past.  I've been known to try and conjure up random new poker games or tournament schemes, but never really kept at the cashout tournament long enough for it to make sense.  Glad to see FT saw it through.

Has anyone else played these tourneys and can offer their opinion?  I plan to give it a go soon, at the very least to try something new, but was hoping to get some thoughts on them from other players.  Here's a link to the specific details of the Cashout Tournaments on Full Tilt's website, but I've also listed them below for a quick view.

credit to Full Tilt for info below...


Cashout Tournaments

Full Tilt Poker’s Cashout Tournaments give players the option of cashing out some or all of their chips before the tournament has ended.
Cashout Tournaments follow the same rules as standard tournaments, except that each buy-in is split between a regular tournament prize pool and a Cashout pool. Players compete for a share of the tournament prize pool as they would in a standard tournament, but also have the option of cashing out some or all of their chips before the tournament has finished.

How Cashouts Work

When a player decides to cash out, the amount they choose is taken from the Cashout pool. Cashout value is based on starting stack size and the tournament buy-in amount.
For example, in a Cashout Tournament with a $20 + $2 buy-in, $10 goes to the tournament prize pool and $10 goes to the Cashout pool. If each player starts the tournament with 1,500 chips, then 1,500 chips are worth $10.

Partial Cashout

Players may make partial Cashouts in 10% increments of their original stack size. Using the tournament example above, partial Cashouts work like this:
Please note that players may perform partial Cashouts for any amount of their stack in 10% increments of their starting stack. When a player makes a partial Cashout, the chips cashed out are removed from play.
If a player chooses to make a partial Cashout while a hand is in progress, the Cashout will show as “Pending” until the hand is completed. Once the hand is finished, the Cashout will be completed unless the player’s chip stack has dropped below the amount requested. In this case, the Cashout will be cancelled.

Full Cashout

A full Cashout allows a player to leave a tournament before it has ended and take the full Cashout value of their chip stack. The value of the individual’s chip stack is determined the same way as a partial Cashout.
When a player makes a full Cashout during a tournament, they are eliminated in their current place in the tournament at the conclusion of the hand. For example, if a player who is in 21st place completes a full Cashout, they are eliminated from the tournament in 21st place and the Cashout value of their chip stack is credited to their account. If the player making a full Cashout has made it to a paid place in the tournament, the prize amount from the tournament prize pool is also credited to their account.
Please note that when a player makes a full Cashout, the total Cashout value is rounded down to the nearest cent. As with partial Cashouts, the chips cashed out are removed from play.

Cashing Out

Players may choose to make a Cashout at any point during a tournament’s Cashout period by clicking CASHOUT.

Table Screenshot
When the Tournament Cashout Options screen is displayed, the player may select Full Cashout or Partial Cashout, and enter the specific amount using the Cashout slider.
Tournament Options Screenshot
A player may choose to cancel the Cashout process at anytime before it is completed by clicking Cancel.
Players will be able to cash out until the tournament reaches the final table, at which time the Cashout period will end. When the period ends, all money left in the Cashout pool is divided between the remaining players based on the current Cashout value of their chip stacks.
The Cashout pool can be viewed in the tournament lobby. Please note that the total Cashout pool will decrease as players cash out.
Tournament Lobby Screenshot
To find Cashout Tournaments, look for the Cashout Icon icon in the main lobby.
Main Lobby Screenshot

posted by TripJax @ 8:20 PM, ,

Local News: 30-Player Poker Match Robbed In Winston-Salem

This city is 30 minutes from where I live.  One of my offices is in Winston-Salem, so I'm there quite often.  I've never really thought about playing in any games there, but I'm always amazed by these stories, so I thought I would share.  Click the title to go directly to the news site where the post has comments and further details...


30-Player Poker Match Robbed In Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem  NC -- Winston-Salem Police are looking for three men accused of busting into a poker match and taking the player's money.
It happened around 11:30 Sunday night in a building behind a home on Griffith Road.
Witnesses told police three men, all armed with guns, busted into the building through the front and side doors.
One of the suspects then hit two of the players, 63-year-old James Mullin and 50-year-old Mark Bowen, with the butt of a shotgun. Both men fell on the floor and were robbed of their wallets. Police say the suspect then shot into the wall.
The suspects then ordered the 30 players on the floor and took their money.
Both men hit with the gun are expected to recover.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at 727-2800.

WFMY News 2

posted by TripJax @ 10:29 PM, ,