You should know and take into account that rebuy tournaments have their own set of rules and nuances when buying chips. In some cases, you can replenish not one, but two stacks. We will discuss this in more detail now.
Make a rebuy – buy another stack – a player can if his remaining chips are no longer equal to the original stack. Let’s 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 make a rebuy and buy up to the original stack.
But if a player has no chips left at all, that is, his initial stack is zero, he can buy either one stack or make a double rebuy, acquiring two stacks at once. One or two is up to the player to decide, but having lost all the chips, the participant has the opportunity for a double rebuy.
There are special moments for the rebuy in the tournament: a specially allotted time and only in the intervals between hands. The rebuy period will start simultaneously with the beginning of the event and will last for a limited time, predetermined by the organizers of the event. This can happen, say, 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 the specified number of blind levels. At these stages, players receive a short pause when they can decide to buy more chips for themselves.
Replenishment of the stack, of course, is not a free pleasure: let’s return to the translation of the very definition of Re-Buy – a repeat buy-in. So often the cost of the rebuy is equal to the cost of the buy-in plus the commission. If you have read our article on buy-ins in poker tournaments, you know that its cost includes two components – the main amount forms the tournament bank, and some part, usually around ten percent, is the commission fee for the organizers of the event. This means that if the buy-in price was, for example, a thousand dollars, then each re-buy 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 for 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 re-purchase in some cases allows you to purchase significantly more chips, if this is established by the rules of the event.
In cases where the re-buy is made not by one, but by several poker players, more than once, the tournament bank naturally increases by very significant amounts. Experienced players believe that additional stack purchases are most actively made in the framework of minor events, and at large tournaments, players play a more thoughtful, balanced game, 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 rash frequent rebuys or add-ons made by inexperienced participants.
Summing up the results and making simple conclusions: rebuy – aka Re-Buy – is a chance to restore his original stack, which the player gets by entering the tournament, that is, buying additional chips. The cost of the rebuy is usually equal to the cost of the buy-in of an event, and the amount of chips in the additional stack is equal to the original.