Re-Buy in poker – the rules for buying chips and the specifics of the game

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In this article, we will understand what Re-Buy is in poker, we will learn the basic rules for buying additional chips, more precisely, an additional stack; features of poker tournaments with Re-Buy and how to get a replay or a double stack. Note that the bulk of poker tournaments are held in the classic, so to speak, version, that is, without the possibility of obtaining an additional stack. The player pays the buy-in set for the tournament and once receives a certain number of chips, with which he will play – make bets. And if he loses his stack, he is out of the game and leaves the table.

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But there are also such events where the player has a chance to repeat the original stack. This is very common in the online poker format. Usually such tables in the poker room have a mark next to the specified buy-in value “+R” – that is, “+Re-Buy”. Rebuy in poker – what it is Let’s start with the interpretation of the definition itself. Rebuy – in English – Re-Buy, which translates as a repeat buy-in and means buying one more initial stack, as when entering the game. This action can be performed at a specially allotted time during the tournament, provided that a rebuy is provided for in this event. Basic rules for rebuying chips You should know and take into account that rebuy tournaments have their own set of rules and nuances when rebuying chips. In some cases, you can replenish not one, but two stacks. Now we will discuss this in more detail. To make a rebuy – to purchase another stack – the player can if his remaining chips are no longer equal to the original stack. Consider the situation: the stack issued at the beginning of the event is equal to one thousand chips. During the game, this size was reduced to 999 chips or even to one – the participant can rebuy and buy up to the original stack. But if the player has no chips left at all, that is, his initial stack is zero, he can buy both one stack and make a double rebuy, acquiring two stacks at once. One or two is up to the player to decide, but it is by losing all the chips that the participant has the opportunity for a double rebuy. There are special moments for the rebuy in the tournament: specially allotted time and only in the intervals between hands. The rebuy period will begin simultaneously with the start of the event and will last for a limited time, pre-set by the organizers of the event. This can happen, for example, in half an hour, an hour and an hour and a half after the start of the tournament. Note that such periods can be measured not only by minutes, but also by a set number of blind levels. During these stages, players get a short pause when they can decide to buy more chips for themselves. Replenishing the stack, of course, is not a free pleasure: let’s return to the translation of the very definition of Re-Buy – buy-in repeat. So often the cost of the rebuy is equal to the cost of the buy-in plus the commission fee. If you have read our article about buy-ins in poker tournaments, then you know that its cost includes two components – the main amount forms the tournament bank, and a certain part, usually around ten percent, is a commission fee in favor of the organizers of the event. So, if the buy-in price was, for example, a thousand dollars, then each rebuy will cost the player the same amount. The allowed number of rebuys can be of two types: limited and unlimited – it depends on the rules and the specifics of the event. So, in some tournaments, participants have a limit on one, two, or even five additional stacks, while in others, players can rebuy as many times as they empty their stack. After the time allotted for rebuys ends, the turn comes for another type of rebuy – for Add-ons. Add-don allows you to purchase a number of chips similar to the starting stack for the same money – the difference is that this type of rebuy in some cases allows you to purchase significantly more chips, if this is established by the rules of the event. In cases where the rebuy is made not by one, but by several poker players, more than once, the tournament bank, of course, increases by very significant amounts. Experienced players find that additional stack purchases are most active in minor events, while in large tournaments players play more thoughtful, balanced play, avoiding large losses of their already very expensive stack. And some experienced players deliberately participate in cheap, so to speak, tournaments in order to get a bigger pot due to reckless frequent rebuys or add-dons made by inexperienced participants. Let’s summarize and draw simple conclusions: rebuy – aka Re-Buy – is a chance to restore your original stack, which a player gets by entering a tournament, that is, buying additional chips. The rebuy value is usually equal to the buy-in value of the event, and the number of chips in the extra stack is equal to the original one. Rebuy purchases are made at certain points in the tournament for a limited period. A player can rebuy with one rebuy if he has at least one less chips than he had in the primary stack. But a double rebuy (an additional purchase of two starting stacks) is available to a participant only if he has no chips left at all. At the end of the period allotted for Re-Buy, it becomes possible to make an add-don. Let us remind you once again that rebuy tournaments are a special kind of events and not all poker tournaments allow such a “second chance” for poker players. But real poker whales replenish their bankroll with other people’s chips, honestly won from rivals at the table.

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