The Lottery Sit and Go
In late 2013, French-regulated Winamax introduced Expresso, an innovative new online poker variant that blends hyperturbo tournaments with a chance element. Players enter 3-handed, winner-takes-all fast NL tournaments with low buy-ins.
The twist—the prize pool is randomized, from 2x the buy-in to 1000x.
Since Winamax introduces the format, collected dubbed Lottery Sit and Gs (or Lottery SNGs), it has been aped on the dot-com networks, including iPoker with Twister Poker, Full Tilt Poker with Jackpot SNGs and PokerStars, with Spin & Go.
Lottery-style sit and gos come to dot-com following successful rollout in regional markets.
Just as fast-fold poker revolutionized cash games, lottery sit and gos could do the same with online poker tournaments. But the rake needs to be right.
A stress saving “make a deal” option gave the top two finishers $45,000 each.
FTP is the first to expand lottery sit and gos to the midstakes buy-in—and continues to lead the industry in lower rakes.
October launch date “best guess” for new variant’s debut on primary PokerStars network.
Lottery-style tournaments debut on FTP’s mobile app.
Spain becomes the real money testpad for PokerStars’ entry into online poker’s biggest innovation since fast-fold.
Lottery-style Sit and Gos, which randomly assigns a prize pool to 3-max turbo tournaments, go live on FTP.
Top brands Paddy Power and William Hill add the lottery tournament game.
New three-handed winner take all format tournaments include a randomly allocated prize pool.