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The wager gap in Zynga Poker's Sit and Go Tourneys

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: The wager gap in Zynga Poker's Sit and Go Tourneys Reply with quote

Since being locked out of my Full Tilt poker winnings (2-3$), I've gone to Zynga Poker in FaceBook. I've been winning and have been moving to higher stakes in Sit and Go tournaments: typically 10,000 to 100,000 chips as a buy-in.

I've seen such tourneys with buy-ins as high as 10 million, and as low as just 20. Sometimes many tournaments, at many different buy-ins are available. Other times only a few. If you want to play at a certain level, you may need to wait several minutes for a game at your level to appear.

Several times I've noticed a strange gap in available games. Several tables are available for 10 million chips, but the next lowest denomination is one thousand. A gap of 10,000 times, or 10 to the fourth.

To put this in other units, that would be either 1 mile, to 6 inches, if these 2 points were mapped onto distances. On this scale, I'm used to playing in the 10 to 200 foot range, but at Zynga, often my only choices are between six inches and one mile.

It is hard to believe that this is accidental, but I don't have a clear idea why Zynga Poker would operate in this way.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having been playing and investigating Zynga for a few days now, maybe I have a better answer.

It has to do with "Zynga-nomics". Zynga lets you play for free of course, and ascend up the ladder, fighting your way out of the streets pot by pot.

Or...you can pay $2.95 and get a million chips with quantity discounts after that.

So, there is basically a two tier society of those who will only play for free, and those who will buy chips and boost themselves up into the millionaire category.

Also, Zynga, as I am researching, offers no guarantees for fairness etc. In fact some question whether it's not designed to lure you in enough by winning, then losing so that you get hooked and buy the chip. Facebook owns Zynga and it is the principal money maker for them especially Poker.
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