The review lists are also useful for what they do
not include. Many cyber-casinos skip key questions
about licensing, owner-ship, contact numbers, etc.
While portals do usually shy away from the most egregious
rip-off artists, players are not protected from any
of the lesser sleaze techniques. Some sites are serious
about making reliability a selling point, but delivering
it in a meaningful way (such as providing the names
of the crooks) is rare, par-ticularly at the bigger
operations. There are also sites that do not see reliability
as an asset and will fill computer screens with misleading
information. They serve as carnival shills who direct
cus-tomers to some places while smearing others.
buy-in amount is a completely independent variable
that will determine the stakes of the tournament.
Most players are comfortable with a tournament buy-in
that is the same order of magnitude as the typical
buy-in for your normal live game. For example, if
the group usually plays $1-$2 fixed-limit, $40 is
a good baseline for your tournament buy-in. You could
make it less if you plan on running more than one
tournament during the evening or more for stand-alone
tournaments. In any case, the revenue from the buy-ins
is the main source of the money that will be awarded