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PokerStars 'shortened' SnG tables

PokerStars decided to renew its classic SnG tournaments in a simple way — to reduce the number of players at the tables from 6 to 5 and from 10 to 8 (classic and Fifty50). How are players reacting to this new product, and when has the room used a similar method?

PokerStars 'shortened' SnG tables

A new trial of PokerStars

It's no secret that the advent of Spins and their massive spread across all poker rooms has pushed the classic SnG back, and it's now an endangered format. Now only some poker sites can boast any traffic in them.

PokerStars believes that this format can continue to be profitable, and this is reflected in the latest update of the site:

PokerStars update on SnG

As a test:

  • The $1.5, $3.5, and $7 single table SnG will feature 5-handed tables.
  • All Fifty50s (the PokerStars version of Double of Nothing) starting at $15 will become 8-max.

"The aim of these changes is to have more games running with less time spent waiting for a game to begin."

The site didn't clarify why they chose those particular stakes for the trial, as well as the fact that in 5-max tournaments, the prize distribution will be slightly different:

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1st 70% 65%
2nd 30% 35%

Player reactions

So far, judging from the comments on the forums, players remain skeptical of this new product and its impact on reviving SnG tournaments at PokerStars. Some suggest that the waiting time is even longer, while others say that the number of games is the same.

Other players claim that the number of amateurs has even decreased, the win rate will decrease due to a more significant variance and the lower prize for 1st place. Regs will need to adjust their strategy.

Most likely, this innovation will not last long.

Is PokerStars repeating an experiment?

This isn't the first time that PokerStars has tried to reduce the number of players at the tables. Over a year ago, in the European reservation, they conducted a similar trial on Zoom (fast-fold poker).

However, players didn't like it, and the update was reversed within a few weeks. Time will tell what fate awaits SnG tournaments at PokerStars.

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