GGPoker has unveiled a new tournament concept, dubbed Battle Royale: Sit & Go Survival, that blends various ideas from modern poker tournament design into a cohesive package that could prove to be very successful among both casual and experienced players.
The game is a 100-man SNG played in progressive knockout format, meaning that half the buy-in goes on a player’s head as a bounty, which grows when players are knocked out. The top 10 spots make the money, and players play down until just one remains.
So far, so standard. However, the twist comes in the form of the tournament’s structure, which is split over three stages: A fast-fold “Rush Zone,” a last-man-standing “Shootout Zone,” then the final table.
Each stage borrows various ideas from other tournament formats—time-gated play, fast-fold, “survivor” structure, variable table sizes—but brought together in a single cohesive package.
The result is a clever tournament format that should appeal to a broad spectrum of players that looks especially suited for streaming. The slick branding, which leans on popular “battle royale” video games like Fortnite and its ambassador Dan Bilzerian, could make for mainstream appeal and result in a true breakout hit.