PokerStars, the biggest online poker room in the world, has launched a brand new tournament called Bubble Rush, which moves at a rapid pace till the money bubble bursts and slowly after that.

The tournament comprises events with buy-ins ranging from $0.55 to $33.00 in the weekdays and up to $109 at weekends. With over 20 events played daily, the tournament will be held round the clock. Players can either buy-in directly or qualify by taking part in hyper-turbo satellites run before each event.

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Each Bubble Rush event is a hyper turbo tournament that starts with 10,000 chips. Blind levels are raised once in three minutes till the bubble breaks and at longer intervals after that.

The first event of the Bubble Rush Tournament was the $22 Bubble Rush with a guaranteed prize of $10k. It featured blind levels that increased once every three minutes before the bubble broke and once in 12 minutes for one hour after the bubble broke. The event began with a player field of 480, but by the time the bubble broke, only 71 players were left in the game, standing the opportunity to win at least $44.45.

Since the blind levels increased slowly and over half the player field got quickly eliminated after the money bubble burst, the average chip stack got really big when the next blind level was reached. When 27 players were left in the game, the blind levels increased once in 15 minutes. And when the final table of nine players was reached, the blind levels had increased to once in 20 minutes.

The $22 Bubble Rush lasted for a total of 3.5 hours. The last two players left standing, Rastabombast of Germany and Can’tCrushMe of Netherlands, got into a heads-up deal. According to the terms of this deal, the German player settled for $1,566 and Can’tCrushMe took home a prize of $1,529.

PokerStars is going to promote its Bubble Rush tournaments with the Bubble Rush Challenges, which will be played till August 28. Players who take up the challenge will win tickets worth $7,500 to the Re-entry Bubble Rush Freeroll, which will be held at 14:05 ET on the next day if they finish in the cash while playing a Bubble Rush tournament. Players can win as many as five tickets to the freeroll. All they have to do is finish in the cash in many Bubble Rush tournaments held on the previous day.

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