Traditionally in tournament poker the forced blind bets increase in size over time. In Hands of Victory the blind bets remain at 1 chip throughout. Instead, all players’ stacks are reduced at regular intervals when certain predetermined events occur. These events are called Checkpoints.
6 HANDS PLAYED
The first Checkpoint is reached after six rounds (hands) of play. At this Checkpoint all chip stacks are reduced by 20%.
The game enters overtime when any one player deck no longer contains a unique card to deal. All player decks are reshuffled and reset. Chip stacks are reduced by 50%.
The Elimination Round begins when players have plowed through two full decks and a second reshuffle is triggered. All remaining chip stacks are cut by 50% and play continues to a winner is declared.
18 HANDS PLAYED
The second Checkpoint is reached after eighteen rounds (hands) of play. At this Checkpoint all chip stacks are reduced by 20%.
Sudden Death begins when players have played 12 hands with new decks. At this Checkpoint all chip stacks are reduced by 70%.