Flipout Tournaments - Luckbox Poker Variant is Bad Timing
Full Tilt Poker is released a new tournament variant on Wednesday called a Flipout tournament. The way these tournament works is that the entire field goes all-in on the very first hand and the winner are then in the money.
For example, in an 81 players SNG, the final table would be reached after the first hand. It is part Kamikaze and part single-table SNG all in one.
Really PokerStars? You're really going to introduce a game that will help further water down poker?
Ok, maybe that is a bit overdramatic, but it baffles me that PokerStars (Full Tilts parent company) would introduce a luck-based poker variant while they are trying to legitimize themselves in the United States.
Then again, there is a market that will flock to these games because it eliminates the skill needed to make the money in a poker tournament. I'm not blind to this fact. It is just odd timing in my opinion.
Yes, I am aware that Full Tilt operates as a separate company. Most of us are aware of this, as are those that making decisions on whether to legalize poker or allow PokerStars to operate in their state.
Wouldn't it make more sense to try and introduce games that would put emphasis on skill in the game? I'm not saying that "luck vs. skill" will ever be the deciding argument for legalizing the game nationally but it is a factor for some decision makers.
Poker has an element of luck regardless of whether you play cash or tournament. We all know that luck plays a factor in getting deep in poker tournaments.
Adding games to the mix that widens the gap between luck and skill, even for a small percentage of games, sets a bad precedent at this time. One can hope that this turns out to be a novelty that will represent a small portion of players and any potential plans for similar game variants get scrapped.