What is an ‘add-on’?
An add-on is a feature of some poker tournaments where players are allowed to buy extra chips in addition to the ones received with their starting buy-in. This will come in the form of a set number of chips for a set fee, equal to all players, and is usually only available at a specific point in the tournament. With a standard tournament, players will all receive the same number of chips for their buy-in fee and then fight it out until the end. Add-ons allow these chips to be topped up at a certain point by players to increase their advantage in the tournament.
The ‘add-on’ explained
An add-on allows players to buy extra chips for a poker tournament at a designated point in addition to their starting chips – usually either immediately after buying in or at the first break. It is extremely uncommon for add-ons to be available later on, when much larger numbers of chips are required to stay competitive in the tournament.
Although standard poker tournaments simply have a set buy-in fee and a set number of chips to be received, it is common to see slight variations. For example, some tournaments allow rebuys, where players who have lost all their chips can buy their way back in. Unlike rebuys, add-ons are available to players regardless of their stack size – a rebuy requires the player to have no chips left.
Add-ons, like rebuys, can vary significantly from tournament to tournament, but the timing, number of chips, and price are known to each participant in the competition before entry. In general, a tournament containing add-ons and rebuys will last longer than a tournament with the same number of players without these features.