GGPoker has put together a brand-new tournament format named after one of its more popular ambassadors Dan Bilzerian. The new format is combining poker and battle royale to give players an interesting challenge.
“Dan Bilzerian’s Battle Royale” is a 100-player No-Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty sit & go which includes three stages of action-packed fun and competition. Players also get to choose from a range of affordable buy-ins that will suit their bankroll.
The bounty element adds to the thrill, with players guaranteed to take home all of the bounties they will win upon eliminating an opponent in the final table, regardless of their finishing positions.
How It Works
The tournament’s current buy-ins are $0.25, $1, $3, and $10. The game gets underway as soon as 100 players have bought in.
Players kick off the action through the Rush Zone, where all of the players compete for a spot in the top 50 within 15 minutes. At this stage, the tournament is played in six max fast fold format, wherein each player is drawn to a new table with new hole cards after every hand.
When the 15-minute time limit is up, anyone outside of the top 50 is automatically eliminated. If multiple players end up with equal stacks at the end of the stage, their ranks will be determined through their kills and the number of hands played, meaning those playing aggressively will have an edge over other players during these instances. The bounties of eliminated players are added to the prize pool.
The 50 players will then progress to the second stage, the Shootout Zone, where the action moves to a five-max shootout format. This stage involves ten five-handed tables, and only one player from each table will be able to advance to the final action.
The Shootout Zone also has a time limit of 15 minutes. In the event of a tie, or if multiple players still remain at the table after the time limit has lapsed, they will be forced all-in, until just one player is left. Take note that speedy play in this stage comes with extra perks: the fastest players to advance to the final table will be given seat selection advantages.
Stage 3 of the tournament is the Final Table, where the 10 remaining players battle it out in a standard bounty format, and this time around the time limit is scrapped. There’s a five-minute chess clock in play, with blinds increasing every three hands.
Here’s how payouts are distributed on top of the bounties: The ultimate winner takes 21.13% of the prize pool; the runner-up finisher walks away with 21.12%; 3rd place – 14.47%; 4th – 11.37%; and 5th – 8.95%. The rest of the final table won’t go home empty-handed either as each of them is guaranteed to win 2.67% of the prize pool.
Weekly $15K Leaderboards
GGPoker is also giving players the chance to boost their winnings via weekly leaderboards, with $15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The leaderboards will start each Thursday, and will run until June 30. Players earn 1 point with each Battle Royale played. Each buy-in level has a designated leaderboard. Apart from that, GGPoker also runs a Happy Hour promo, awarding 1.5x points to those who play between 10:00 p.m. and midnight UTC.
The unique format could become a huge hit among players, especially the recreational players. The tournament is fast-paced yet it also requires some discipline and skills to get to the final stage and ultimately win. It adopts the battle royale concept of “kills”, represented by the bounties. So if you’re also a fan of Fortnite or any other video game of the same genre, GGPoker’s newest offering will appeal to you.
GGPoker is well-known for leading the way when it comes to game innovation, and that is one of the main reasons why the online poker site has enjoyed rapid growth over the years.
Their decision to sign Bilzerian as a brand ambassador raised some eyebrows, but it’s quite clear why the operator decided have him on board. Bilzerian has a massive social media following, with over 32.5 million on Instagram allowing GGPoker to reach new audiences and eventually grow their customer base.