'Win the button' tournaments are like normal tournaments. Only difference is if you win the current hand, you will get the button next hand.

What happens when a tie occurs? Then there will not be one winner, but multiple.

  • It would be house rules I think? I think that formats sucks. If you are to the left of the big stack you are going to get blinded off quickly.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 22:08
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    Agree, don't like the format. I won't post this as an answer as I have no experience dealing this game, but on Pokerstars' site for their live events in the event of a tie, it's the player closest to the left of the previous button. I had a look, but couldn't find a more 'official' source other than Pokerstars - pokerstars.com/help/articles/live-event-ept-win-the-buttn/7001
    – Grinch91
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 8:40
  • @grinch91 thanks. That makes sense.
    – Raymond
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 11:57
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    Similar to how to decide who gets the extra chip in case of a split pot with odd number of chips: left of the button.
    – Ying Li
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 0:36

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Most tie breakers in tournament / live cash game format is the "left of the button" rule. Left of the button has most priority then it goes around until the button (least priority). This happens with these an extra dollar in a split pot or to determine who shows their hand first in an unraised pot... etc...

I assume the logic is that left of the button has the most disadvantage in a hand, thus with a tie, it gets the tie breaker. Just like in chess, a draw playing black is more valuable than a drawing playing white.

  • This isn't an answer to my question
    – Raymond
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 7:08
  • I completely misread your question, I thought you meant "Trying to win" lol... I will edit my answer.
    – Ying Li
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 19:42
  • It's ok, haha. Your strategy is good!
    – Raymond
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 19:43

I don't have any experience with this format, so not an expert answer. But since it seems there is not a set precedence, consider using bridge suite to break ties, like the opener is determined in stud poker. You tie with AK for example whomever has the highest ace gets the button. the suite order highest-down is Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, than clubs, going low to high it is alphabetic order.

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