What is a ‘Ticket’?
A ticket is anything which grants a player entry to a competition, such as a lottery, although it is mostly used to refer to those issued in online poker. Most online poker sites have tickets of varying value which can be used to enter poker tournaments in lieu of cash. Poker sites will often offer deposit bonuses to new players. However, the rules around wagering requirements can be more complicated for poker than in other casino games, which means the additional money will often come in the form of tickets, which allow players to enter tournaments.
Many sites offer a package of tickets as a bonus for new players signing up, although they can be won in other ways. Sometimes tickets are given as prizes in free roll or smaller tournaments, where the usual corresponding cash prize would be much lower. For example, a very low-stakes six-player tournament with a £0.20 buy-in would normally yield a total prize pool of £1.20, but some sites will often offer three £1 tickets as the prize. Tickets can vary significantly in their value, and if a player wins money from a tournament after using a ticket to enter, their winnings are paid in cash which they are free to withdraw as normal.
In general, the tickets are an easily understood bonus and make it less likely that players can exploit bonuses or fail to understand the rules around withdrawals. For this reason, they are widely used in a variety of different poker websites. Some sites involving ‘satellite’ tournaments – which players must first compete in – also use tickets. These tickets then allow entry to the larger tournament, which cannot be bought into unless one of the smaller competitions has been won first.