With only 22 total entries so far, the size of the Grand Prix Canada Turbo Day 1E is much smaller than usual.
By contrast to our regular Day 1 events, at this point in the other tournaments (level 8) registration is still rising, and usually includes well over 100 participants. For example, both of today’s other Day 1s had 194 and 195 total entrants respectively.
This difference in the size of the field will likely lead to some variance in the way our Turbo players approach play.
For example, with fewer total players it will be more likely to see play 4 or 5-handed at the mid-point of the tournament, whereas in the regular Day 1s play is 9 or even 10-handed for most of the day. So when it comes to tonight’s Turbo flight, those players who are more experienced with a smaller group at the table may have an advantage. Players will certainly be obliged to play a wider range of hands.
Another difference will involve the total amount of winnable chips.
In a tournament with 200 participants, each with a 100,000 chip starting stack, there will be a total of 20,000,000 chips to share amongst the players that last until the end of the day. So if, for example, you have 25 players left at the end of a regular Day 1, the average chip stack per player will be 800,000. And as has occurred on almost every Day 1 flight to date, some players will accumulate more than 2,000,000 chips with which they can begin Day 2.
However, this is not possible in a smaller field of 22 total participants. In this relatively small field, one player would have to eliminate every single other player to accumulate more than 2,000,000 chips – a much more difficult prospect.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this tournament as it continues on.