PokerStars Spin & Go Review
PokerStars launched Spin and Gos on their dot.com client September 29, 2014, after the lottery format Sit & Gos were a massive hit on the network's France, Italy and Spain ringfenced sites, and sister site Full Tilt Poker had introduced Jackpot SNGs.
Spin & Go players can win up to $180k in a few minutes from one $60 buy in, or even take down $18k for losing. The Spin & Go concept was first seen on Winamax, known as Expresso Poker, and later on the iPoker network as Twister Poker.
Being able to freeroll huge jackpots with fast blinds and short stacks gives Spin & Gos a lottery type feel and attracts recreational players (a site rep stated tens of thousands). Many will be playing on their mobile devices, perfect for Spin & Gos:
- 3 handed poker - hyper turbo SNG
- Winner takes all*
- 500 chip starting stack, 3 min levels
- Buy in $1, $3, $7, $15, $30 or $60
- Random prizepool of between 2 - 3,600 times your buy in
* Except for the 3 highest prizepool multipliers (see table below), in which 20% is shared between 2nd and 3rd.
Select your buy in level under Spin & Go -> Real Money in the PokerStars lobby, alternatively just observe or practice for play chips. Choose the number of tournament tables to register and play - open up to 5 at once.
Three players compete for a 1st place prize of up to 3600 times the buy-in, depending on a randomly assigned prizepool multiplier (see table below). At the three highest levels (120x, 240x and 3600x) 20% is set aside for second and third place rather than 1st winning all.
Therefore at the $1 level you can win up to $3,000 (from a $3,600 prizepool), up to $9,000 at the $3 level (from a $10,800 prizepool) and so on.
Enter a $60 Spin & Go and be lucky enough to get randomly assigned a 216,000 prizepool, and you'll play for a first place prize of $180,000 with $18k for both runners up. Promotional events have $1m prizepools.
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The table below shows the average frequency of times a Spin & Go will be assigned a given prizepool (in multiples of the buy in), and the first place prizes in each case. For example you have a 1/100000 probability of hitting a 3600x prizepool multiplier.
Approximately 7 times in 10 players will compete for a higher prizepool than they put in, e.g. a $28 first place payout when the three players bought in for $7 - effectively a freeroll. 2 times out of 10 they'll compete for a below normal prizepool, although being winner takes all you can still turn a profit.
The random prizepool is displayed on screen and play begins after a three second countdown.
Spin & Go Rake Structure
- $1 level - 7% of the buy in
- $3, $5 and $7 level - 6% of the buy in
- $15, $30 and $60 level - 5% of the buy in
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