888Poker Launches BLAST Super-Turbo Sit & Go Games

Blast SNG's at 888Poker888Poker´s new BLAST super-turbo Sit & Go games have enough different features to make them stand apart from existing lottery-style online poker games.

888Poker may be the last of the major online poker sites to launch a lottery-style, super-turbo Sit & Go game, but its new “BLAST” game is a vast improvement compared to some similar products already available for poker players.

Launched this week on the Windows download version of the 888Poker software, BLAST takes super-turbo Sit & Go games to a new level – with more chances to win a bigger prize, a better distribution of the prize money, and a time limit assigned to each game.

Introducing BLAST Sit & Go Games

The first thing players will notice about BLAST is that it is a four-handed Sit & Go game rather than a three-handed game. When four players have registered, a random prize is spun of between 2x and 10,000 the buy-in and the game gets underway.

Players start with 1,500 chips and blinds of 25/50 with a 5 chip ante. The blinds increase every two minutes until a time limit for the game is reached. At this point the game changes into an All-In Shootout, in which every player is all-in every hand until a winner is determined.

The time limit for each game depends on the value of the prize pool multiplier:

  • In games with a 2x or 5x prize pool multiplier, the All-In Shootout starts at the end of Level 3 (after six minutes).
  • In games with a 10x prize pool multiplier, the time limit is eight minutes and the All-In Shootout starts at the end of Level 4.
  • Games with a 100x prize pool multiplier go into All-In Shootout mode at the end of Level 5 after ten minutes of action.
  • If you hit the 1,000x or 10,000x prize pool multiplier, there are six Levels (twelve minutes) before the All-In Shootout begins.

A countdown clock appears in the top left-hand side of the BLAST screen to advise players how long is left in each game. The idea of the countdown clock is to add a touch more excitement to the game. In theory the countdown clock should encourage players to take a few more risks in order to increase their chip stacks and give them an advantage if/when the game goes into All-In Shootout mode.

BLAST Buy-Ins, Probability and Prize Distribution

888Poker appears be giving every player the opportunity to enjoy its new super-turbo game by starting the buy-ins at just $0.10. Buy-ins are also available at $1.00 and $5.00, with the top level of buy-in for BLAST games being $30.00.

With four players in each game, the probability of spinning a prize pool multiplier above 2x is much higher than on other sites. 42.5% of BLAST games will hit a prize pool multiplier of 5x or higher, compared to 24.2% on iPoker´s Twister games or 26.2% on PokerStars´ Spin & Go games.

Naturally, with four players, the games are harder to win. 888Poker has considered that by distributing the prize money for the higher prize levels between second, third and fourth places – depending on the value of the multiplier:

Multiplier 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
2x 100%
5x 70% 30%
10x 60% 25% 15%
100x 60% 25% 15%
1,000x 60% 20% 10% 10%
10,000x 60% 20% 10% 10%

 

Early Feedback on the BLAST Games

There has been a mixed reaction to the introduction of 888Poker´s BLAST Sit & Go games. Players who gauge the virtues of a poker game by slide rule measurements have said that BLAST represents poor value and the All-In Shootout removes the element of skill in the endgame.

However, more pragmatic observers suggest that players who are concerned they are unable to win a six minute game of poker have plenty of other opportunities at 888Poker to choose from. Those in favour of the game believe that BLAST adds a new dimension to an already substantial portfolio of games at 888Poker and levels the playing field for new and recreational players.