What Is A Satellite Tournament?
Wednesday, 12. May 2010

A satellite tournament is a tournament that does not award cash prizes; instead, they award seats into larger tournaments. The buy in of a satellite tournament is significantly lower than that of the tournament that they feed into. A satellite tournament can be either a Sit & Go tournament or a multi table tournament and plays very much like any other tournament except for the fact that players do not play down to a final winner; rather, they play down until the number of remaining players equals the number of seats being awarded.

The best way to illustrate how a satellite tournament works is through an example. Let us say that the buy in to the larger tournament that the satellite tournament feeds into is $300 and the buy in of the satellite tournament is $30. If the satellite tournament has 10 entrants then $300 was generated by the buy ins. In this case, one seat to the larger tournament is awarded the winner of the satellite. If the satellite tournament has 20 entrants then $600 was generated by the buy ins. In this case, the top two finishers in the satellite receive seats to the larger tournament.

In many cases, the price of the larger tournament’s buy in cannot be evenly divided into the prize pool generated by the satellite and there is left over money. When this occurs, the left over money is awarded to the top finishers of the satellite in accordance with a standard tournament payout structure. In other words, let us take the example of a satellite tournament with a $30 buy in that feeds into a $300 tournament. If there are 25 entrants in the satellite then $750 was generated by the satellite’s buy ins. In this case, two $300 seats to the larger tournament are awarded to the top two finishers and the remaining $150 is distributed amongst the top finishers in accordance with a standard tournament payout structure.

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