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"I wont million". Review of Spin&Gos in alternative networks.

In the last years, a common thought is that only by playing big MTT tournaments you could make any poker player dream come true - "win one million dollars". However, not all players can participate in these tournaments, and also not everyone has the time to do so. Modern online poker industry has recently brought a quick and fun way to make this popular dream come true. As you may have already guessed, we are talking about the Spin & Go lottery!

Probably the most common choice would be to start this article with the most popular games: Pokerstars Spin & Go; however, taking into account the latest news, we consider much more relevant to review alternative rooms for those players who do love Spin & Go, but simply won't play in the new VIP system that kills rakeback.

A common mistake is to believe that Pokerstars, as being the largest online poker room, was the one who created the popular Spin format. However, the pioneer is actually the French Winamax room: by August 2013 Winamax introduced a new format called SnG Expresso. Let's review this one first:

Winamax Expresso

The buy-in structure of Winamax Expresso is classic: €1, €2, €5 y €10. Average rake is 7%. The game format is already familiar to all players: 3 minute levels, 500 chips starting stack. The game starts with 10/20 blinds. Maximum multiplier is 1000x, which only occurs 5 out of 100,000 games. In 75% of cases, players will be playing only to double-up their buy-ins and the remaining 14% will play games up to x4. Remaining 1% are games with a multiplier greater than x20.

Ipoker Twister

After Winamax, the iPoker Network added a very similar format: Twister tournaments that basically copied the entire Winamax model: 3 players, 3 minute levels, buy-ins of €1, €2, €5, €10, €20 y €50. Rake is 7%. The maximum multiplier is x1000. Below you can find a table with detailed information:

                                        Twister Poker SNG Jackpot

€1 Buy-In

€2 Buy-In

€5 Buy-In

€10 Buy-In

€20 Buy-In

€50 Buy-In

Probability

€1,000.00

€2,000.00

€5,000.00

€10,000.00

€20,000.00

€50,000.00

1 / 20,000

€200.00

€400.00

€1,000.00

€2,000.00

€4,000.00

€10,000.00

1 / 20,000

€100.00

€200.00

€500.00

€1,000.00

€2,000.00

€5,000.00

2 / 20,000

€50.00

€100.00

€250.00

€500.00

€1,000.00

€2,500.00

5 / 20,000

€20.00

€40.00

€100.00

€200.00

€400.00

€1,000.00

21 / 20,000

€10.00

€20.00

€50.00

€100.00

€200.00

€500.00

162 /20,000

€6.00

€12.00

€30.00

€60.00

€120.00

€300.00

1,599 / 20,000

€4.00

€8.00

€20.00

€40.00

€80.00

€200.00

3,049 / 20,000

€2.00

€4.00

€10.00

€20.00

€40.00

€100.00

15,160 / 20,000

888 BLAST Poker

Making a difference, 888 Poker presented the Blast Poker, with a very different format. It keeps the same SnG lottery, but with big differences.

First, games are played by 4 players instead of 3 as in the other rooms.

Then, before starting each game, a timer starts backwards. After reaching the time (if the winner has not been determined yet), an all-in round begins, so you can just sit back and watch the big prize getting to you. Or don't. There are 4 levels of play: $0.10, $1, $5, $15 and $30.

The blind structure and the prizes distribution depends of the multiplier. The higher the multiplier, longer the time before the automatic all-in is set. For example, in the biggest multipliers (1,000 and 10,000) there are 6 levels of 2 minutes each one (by the way, 2 minutes is the standard time for all Blast Poker games) and all 4 participants will receive a prize. But if you are playing one of the smaller multipliers (2 and 5), the timer will only have 6 minutes (3 levels of 2 minutes) and only the winner will get a prize. Starting chips are always 1500. Multipliers starts at x2 up to x10,000.

Last difference is rake: it goes from 6.67% up to 10%!. With this rakeback and automatic all-in, Blast Poker looks more like slots variant with some poker elements.

WPN Network Jackpot Poker

The USA friendly network Winning Poker (WPN) has in its arsenal of games the SnG lottery, which are simply called: Jackpot Poker. This variant has very common characteristics: 3 players, 500 starting chips, 3 minute levels and 6% rake in all levels. Games are $2, $10, $25 and $40. Multipliers starts at x2 to x2500. Below you will find a table with odds and payment explained:

Default distribution: First place 75%, second place 15%, third place 10%. There is an option to make deals at the table, which must be accepted by the players: first place 40%, second place 30% and third place 30%.

PartyPoker Sit&Go HERO

PartyPoker joined lottery fashion not long time ago, however its format called Hero came loaded of colors and some interesting twist. We can highlight that randomly one of the 4 players at the table will have a bounty. The bounty equals 25% of the prize and creates a very interesting action around the "victim". The rest of the game is pretty standard: five levels, $1, $3, $5, $10 y $20. Multipliers are x2, x4, x6, x10, x50, x100, x1000 and x10,000. Rake is 5%-7%. 500 starting chips.

MPN Fish Party

Fish Party Sit&Go is everyone's favorite format: 3 players, 500 starting chips and a random prize. Available buy-ins are €1, €5, €10, €20 and €50. Multipliers are x2, x3, x6, x20 and x100. Largest multipliers are x500 and x5000 + progressive jackpot, and prize structure as follows: first place 50%, second place 30% and third place 20%. Blinds increase every 2 minutes and there is ante from first level. Rake is slightly less than 6%.

GGNetwork Fortune Spin

Being fair, we must mention that Fortune Spin are the most common version of the SnG lottery. But it seems that the creators made specific efforts to confuse the players, putting some strange clues along the way hoping for someone to understand them. The only thing that is clear is the rake: 5%. Let's try to understand.

Prize Table - Fortune Wheel 

Prize

Probability

Fortune Cookie

50%

Multiplier Х4

42%

Multiplier Х8

8%

Cookie Cards

Inside each Fortune Cookie is a Cookie Card. Each card appears randomly and represents one of the countries that can be collected. If you manage to get all 10 cards, you will immediately get a Cookie Bonus (cash!). The cards of each level are stored independently. This means that cards you get at $1 level have no relation to the cards collected at another level. Once you get the Cookie Bonus, the card collection will reset

Buy-In

Cookie Bonus

$1

$10

$5

$50

$15

$150

 

 

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