What types of poker tournaments are available to play online?

What types of poker tournaments are available to play online?

Here Oddschecker show you the main types of tournaments available online

There are many different variations of poker for players of all skill levels to participate in online.

Oddschecker have listed some of the different varieties of online poker so that you can make your decision on what tournaments are more appealing to you before you sit down and are left wondering at a table.

If you're new to online poker but not the game itself, you might be interested to find out more about the differences between online and offline poker.

Multi-table Tournaments

Multi-table tournaments are the basic in poker, it is your standard game when it comes to online poker. It is just ordinary poker but online, like all live games you will pay a buy-in to join and then will be assigned an amount of chips. Like live games these have late registrations so they are flexible for entry and dependent upon the buy-in this can range from 1-3 hours usually. Multi-table tournaments can have unlimited entrants with some even having as many as 10,000+ players and players finishing as far back as 800th can be paid out, it all varies on the number of entrants. With these types of tournaments they follow the exact same format as your ordinary game as tables will diminish and be rearranged accordingly as players are knocked out until you are down to the final table, usually consisting of 6-10 players (this is where the big prize money is won).


  • Huge range of regular promotions
  • 24/7 live chat service
  • PickYourPunt builder for custom bets
Bet £10 Get £30 in free bets + 60 Free Spins
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 60 days. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 60 Free Spins on Justice League Comics. 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply.

Sit & Go’s and Turbo Tournaments

These start every few minutes on most poker sites and they are played in the same way ordinary poker is however your game starts as soon as the table is filled and players cannot join the table when a spot becomes available. The way it works is the game is played until there is only one player left at each table and once this happens, a new table will be formed with winners from the other games and this will continue to happen until the overall tournament is won. This is made to happen relatively quick as the tables have a lot fewer players as they only have around 4-6 compared to your usual 10 and players can’t fill the empty seats unlike a multi-table tournament.

Turbo tournaments are extremely similar to Sit & Go’s however the blinds increase extremely quickly which forces players to make quicker decision to keep up with the speed of play. These are ideal for players who have a limited amount of time and want a relatively quick game of poker.

Bounty Tournaments

Bounty tournament are just an added layer to multi-table tournaments, they run in the exact same format however players are rewarded with a prize such as cash or chips when they knock an opponent out of the game.

Your bounty is also increased for every time you do this. Bounties are sometimes added to specific players dependent upon their profile for example if they are a celebrity or a professional player.

Bounty tournaments have added excitement as players can tend to be more aggressive as it means you don’t need to finish in the cash bracket in order to win prize money.


  • Live streams every day
  • Wide range of markets
  • Competitive odds
Get up to £10 in Free Bets
New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Full Terms apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way.

Satellite Tournaments

Satellite tournaments are the same as multi-table tournaments however the prize is no longer cash the prize is now entry or a buy-in into a larger poker tournament with a bigger reward.

Some poker tournaments can have buy-ins above $10,000 and Satellite tournaments allow players to win these tickets as a prize from a tournament which can see a $20 buy-in turn into a much bigger prize. Prizes can be as large as entry to live world championship tournaments as well as full expense paid holidays in great locations such as Monte Carlo and Las Vegas. 

Weekly Guarantees

Weekly guarantee tournaments are a feature which tends to occur on most poker sites. These are tournaments usually on set days where the site guarantees a large pay-out. One of the most popular types of tournament as they is a huge prize up for grabs however, the buy-ins for these tend to be relative high in comparison to your standard Tuesday night tournament. PokerStars currently boast the largest one of these which happens every Sunday called ‘The Sunday Million’ where a prize pool of a million dollars is up for grabs. 

Find the best poker bonuses and welcome offers on our poker page.