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Rebuys and Add-ons

What is a rebuy?

A rebuy is a tournament where you can buy more chips for a fee. In some tournaments, you may need to reach zero chips to be eligible for a rebuy. In others, you may rebuy any time your stack is below a certain chip level. Rebuy tournaments will allow a single rebuy, multiple rebuys, or unlimited rebuys. The rebuy period will take place prior to the first break in a tournament.

What is an add-on?

During the first break, players will be able to perform an add-on for more chips. An add-on allows a player to purchase even more chips for a fee, but without the same restrictions as a rebu y. Some tournaments will offer double and triple add - ons for double and triple the chips!

How do I know if rebuys and add-ons are allowed?

You will know if a tournament is a rebuy tournament when the name includes "rebuy". The main lobby will display the number of rebuys and add-ons allowed in the summary area, and a full description will appear in the tournament lobby.

Satellite Rebuys

More prize money in a satellite means more seats for the big tournament! Players can qualify for large events through satellite rebuy tournaments, where the extra rebuy and add-on cash goes towards additional seats. These tournaments are a great value because you only pay a fee on your initial buy- in.

Further information

The prize pool distribution for rebuy and add-on tournaments will not be calculated until both the rebuy and add-on period has ended. Only the total prize pool figure will be displayed until the add-on period is over.

You can request a rebuy by clicking on the 'Rebuy' button on the game screen. If you lose all your chips, the rebuy option will appear (if you are eligible). You will have 22 seconds to decide whether you want to rebuy or not. If you choose not to rebuy, you will be eliminated from the tournament.

When a tournament starts, you will see stack details, as well as the following information:

  • Cost of rebuy and number of chips per rebuy
  • Cost of add-on and number of chips per add-on

Exception in rebuy and add-on tournaments

If a player is eliminated from the tournament at a rank that has a prize associated with it, even though the prize pool is not published, then the rebuy and add-on period will be closed. The prize pool will be published and the eliminated player will be paid his prize money.

Rebuy/Add-On Strategy

Rebuy tournaments bring out the maniacs of poker!

Many players will play extremely loose, willing to gamble on just about any two cards because they have the insurance policy of being able to purchase more chips should they lose their stacks with aggressive play.

To win a rebuy tournament you must play aggressive but smart poker. The main goal early in the tournament is to build your stack and you will see a lot of raising and all-in play during the rebuy period. You must be willing to go all-in in coin flip situations if you have the chance of doubling or tripling your stack.

You cannot be passive, playing strictly odds-based poker, because you will quickly find that all of the aggressive players around you have built up huge stacks which will be nearly impossible to overcome.

To make it to the final table with any chance to win, it is critical to mix up your play and to take your chances to build your stack. Once the rebuy period is over, go back to your normal tournament strategy and playing style. If an add-on is offered at this point, you should generally always take advantage of it unless you are a massive chip leader. Almost all of the players in the tournament will take the add-on and you can quickly find yourself at adisadvantage if you don't.

Strategy Tips:

  • Try to double and triple up fast with aggressive play.
  • Consider stopping if you find yourself rebuying for the fourth or fifth time. You may not be getting the rights cards, or getting unlucky, but by this point other players' stacks will be so deep that it will be hard for you to catch up.
  • Rebuys are generally allowed if your chip count falls below your starting chips. You can quickly find yourself in the chip lead at your table if you rebuy at the first available moment.
  • Remember that even the best players will bust out early, but luckily, you can always rebuy.

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