Full Tilt Poker will launch a new tournament format today, which will be known as flipout tournaments and gives players a chance to flip themselves directly into the money in the very first hand. Full Tilt is known to be the innovative poker site, being the first to integrate fast fold poker as well as multi entry tournaments and now they have created a new format which might become just as big a success.
The flipout tournaments has been created to do something innovative to online poker tournaments, as well as to provide the players who loves action with just that. What flipout tournaments basically are is that that the first hand of the tournament will be an automatic all-in, a so called "flip", and if you survive that hand then you are already in the money, but furthermore you will have to continue playing regular poker.
Among the goals is to create more action and get a better tournament by being either out or in the money instantly. This way there will not be an extremely long time with bubble play, where shortstacks will continue to fold and use their entire timebank, just for the purpose of trying to get a minimum cash.
"The time saving of a Flipout is obvious, but a bit less obvious is what happens after the flip round. You’ll be in the money of a potentially large tournament and nobody has actually played a hand yet," Said Sarne Lightman, Head of Marketing at Full Tilt to Pokernews.com. and continued:
"This means the average skill level when you hit the money will be the same as the average skill level at the start of the tournament, which is very different from a standard tournament.".
The new flipout tournament format will be available today in Full Tilt poker's client and they will have a four day "flipout-festival" from March 21st, where Full Tilt have added $25,000 in prizes. There will be a total of 108 tournaments spread across 12 events and all with different buy-ins, so everyone can afford to play. You can register an account with Full Tilt Poker here.