PokerStars is at the forefront of innovation and the poker room has recently announced the double bubble tournaments which are going to be introduced first during the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This is the first big tournament of the year and the vast majority of poker professionals travel to the Caribbean, to enjoy the best of both worlds.
On one hand, they compete for a lot of money against some of the best opponents, on the other they spend some quality time away from cold and snow. PokerStars is behind this tournament and if past performance can be used as a reliable indicator for future results, it is only fair to assume that new records will be set in 2015. The prospect of new tournaments being introduced was welcomed by both poker professionals and amateurs, because they provide the kind of diversity that the game direly needs.
The rules are straightforward, with players being guarantee the fact that they have a decent chance at recuperating their investment. All they need to do is to finish in the first half of the pack, to have $1100 credited back regardless of the place they finish. Those who play over the Internet are not exactly surprised by the new tournaments, because similar competitions run live at PokerStars and other online poker rooms.
The “Double Bubble” tournaments is going to provide players with the kind of safety net that is supposed to further increase the number of participants. There are many who fear that by losing a single coin flip at the worst possible time, they might end up losing all their money. The very idea of being sent home with nothing after spending long hours at the tables is frightening to many and this is exactly what the poker room tries to address.
On the bright side, the ones who make a deep run in the tournament and win the competition don’t have to worry about the new rules, because they won’t lose anything. For the time being, PokerStars intends to apply these rules only to the main event, so those who are adamant to avoid this format will have plenty of side events to choose from. The general perception is favorable, because most poker players don’t like the idea of a lot of money being split among a very small group of participants.
The 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will be the first major event where the new rules will be used, but if they prove successful, many series will follow. It is far too early to try to come up with a definitive conclusion about the success of the “Double Bubble” tournaments. Those questioned were overwhelmingly positive, so the odds are stacked in the favor of this innovative concept.