General tournament questions

What is a tournament?

At a Party Poker Tournament, each player starts with an equal amount of chips. All of the players in the tournament continue to play until one player has amassed all of the chips. Each tournament has a buy-in as well as an entry fee. The buy-in is put into the prize pool; the entry fee is kept by PartyPoker. The size of the prize pool depends on the number of people playing in the poker tournament and will be paid out in its entirety to the winners. To start the tournament, each player is dealt a card. The player with the highest card starts the game as the dealer. Each player's goal is to amass as many chips as possible. Players who lose all of their chips are out of the tournament. As the poker tournament continues, more and more players are eliminated until only one remains: the tournament winner.

What is the disconnection and cancellation policy for tournaments?

Click on the link below to see thedisconnection and cancellation policy for tournaments.

When does the registration close in the tournaments with late registration?

Late registration is available in multi-table tournaments, and will normally be open until the specified stage in the tournament is reached.

What is the payout structure for Sit & Go tournaments?

What are the different entry fees for multi-table tournaments?

*Please check the specific tournament lobby for the exact entry fee amount.

How can a Shootout tournament end?

A tournament can end in one of the first three rounds if there is only one table in the round. That single table will play out until only one player has chips remaining. If a fourth round is required, then the tournament will end when only one player with chips remains.

What if players have equal numbers of chips at the end of a round in a Shootout tournament?

There are several different situations where this can occur:

  • The final round of a 1, 2, or 3 round tournament

If two or more players lose all their chips simultaneously then the eliminated players are ranked from highest to lowest as following:

  • Strength of the elimination hands
  • Number of chips at the start of the elimination hand (higher is better)
  • Player registration timestamp (earlier is better)
  • An end-of-round chip count tie in a 2, 3, or 4-round tournament