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PokerStars Will Now Pay More Players in Online MTT`s
September 11, 2017, 16:06:42
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The world’s largest poker company PokerStars’ recent announcement is sure to bring a smile on the faces of many recreational MTT players as they stand a better chance at cashing now.

The online giant released a statement saying that a change from September 11 will see an increase in the number of players getting paid in their multi-table online tournaments (MTT’s). So, starting today, the PokerStars online tournaments in most cases will pay up to the top 20% of the field.

The trend in poker tournaments, both live and online, has recently been toward paying out higher percentages to improve many players’ tournament experiences, as well as support the tournament poker economy.

The traditional live events previously used to pay only the top 10% of the field, meaning nine out of ten players would return empty-handed. However, that number has gradually increased in both the live and online arenas.

This time too, change will be gradual as the payout percent increases by 2% in several tournaments. For example, tournaments that were previously paying 12% will go up to 14%, those paying 14% will increase to 16%, 16% will move to 18%, and 18% will be bumped up to 20%.

PokerStars Operations Manager Mike Jones explained the reason behind the change. “It’s clear to us that paying more places has a direct benefit to most of our players. We want more people to have more fun by winning more often. The changes will be subtle and most players will only notice when they realize that they're experiencing the thrill of cashing a little more often”

According to Jones, over the years they have been gradually increasing the percentage of players paid out i.e. from 10% to 16.6%, and then upped it to 18% by early 2017 for most tournaments.

He also explained this in a blog post about the evolution of PokerStars online tournament payouts and how the planned change fits into their overall mission.

“It’s been years of tinkering to get to this point, and we’ll keep working to create the best overall playing experience,” he wrote.

The change is seen as a part of a push to narrow the gap between pro and recreational players as the latter stand to have a more enjoyable experience and also leave with more money in their pocket, more often after this change.

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