What are Online Poker MTT’s?

Multi Table Tournaments are a great way to enjoy playing poker online.

MTT is the Internet Poker term for what most people would call a standard tournament in the brick and mortar world. You will see this term listed on almost every top online poker room in existence. Compared to a SNG, which typically a means Sit and Go tournament played on only one table, an MTT will have hundreds and sometimes thousands of players.

Before clicking the buy-in make sure you know the difference, because a large MTT may take the better part of a day to complete vs. less than an hour for most SNG tournaments!

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Strategy for an MTT vs. a SNG

While a SNG is essentially a final table with even starting chips, an MTT is very different. Fundamentally, there are many differences in the strategy you will employ for the start of an MTT. For example, the blind structures are often more player friendly in an MTT than a SNG (which is designed for people wanting a quick poker game). With the progressive/slower blind structure in place, you can play more of a waiting game. This allows you to play premium starting hands, which is very important in the early stages of these types of events. For a list of premium starting hands, please see our Texas Hold’em Action Chart to get a better idea of which cards are best to play at this point.

Another strategy that you must master to have a good run deep into these MTT’s is playing on the bubble. The bubble is reached when there is only one player left to be eliminated before the payouts begin. For example, if there are 150 players left and the tournament pays out to position number 149 then you’ve reached the bubble. If your chip stack is large enough, it’s very wise here to push around the smaller stacks. These players are desperate to cash in at this point and are normally waiting for another small(er) stack to get busted out so that they will at least get something in return for having played poker for the last number of hours.

Easy moves at this point in the tournament are hands such as Ace/X in late position. If you have small stacks to your left and the action is folded to you holding such a hand, you should always raise. Always, there are no exceptions to this rule unless there’s a larger stack to your left or a smaller stack that’s still capable of taking a large percentage of your chips, leaving you crippled. Even if you’re called or re raised all-in here, you will almost always want to call with any Ace or King. Coin flips with short stacks are very common, and they are often prone to push all-in with hands like Jack-Nine, or suited connectors. Your Ace or King high here is often the best hand indeed!

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How to Find the Best MTT’s

Some of the larger MTT’s include the Sunday Million at PokerStars, which often has more than 4,000 entries! First place sometimes pays out close to $500,000 US.

Many other sites host large tournaments such as these every day of the week please see our tournament list for more information.