What is a Turbo Tournament?

Shawn Perry : April 20th, 2009


A turbo tournament is a type of tournament with a quicker than usual blind structure. Turbos can be either MTTs or SNGs, and are quite popular online.

Because of the rapidity involved in the blind increases (and the often minuscule starting stacks), turbo poker tournaments require a different strategic approach than normal tournaments. You’ll generally see very little post-flop play in turbo tournaments, as the stack sizes tend to commit players preflop.

Critics deride turbos as a skill-free game of poker, and while that’s certainly an exaggeration, players should expect far more variance when playing turbos than one would expect when playing normal MTTs or SNGs, simple because you’ll find yourself all in with a much wider range of hands than you normally would, as will your opponents.

Turbo tournaments are often offered in live poker rooms as satellites to larger events.

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