WATCH: Adam Owen and Dara O'Kearney Break Down GGPoker Staking

Adam Owen and Dara O'Kearney broke down the math behind the staking platform.

Among the exciting features offered on GGPoker is an integrated staking platform that lets players and observers buy and sell action to tournaments. While this practice has long been a staple of tournament poker, an operator integrating it into the client at no additional charge for the buyers and sellers is part of what makes GGPoker truly unique.

With the World Series of Poker schedule including a slew of two-day events, GGPoker went a step further last month by adding Day 2 trading. Now, if a player makes a Day 2, he or she can lock up some equity by selling pieces, with GG automatically adjusting the selling price based on the chips the player has relative to a starting stack.

Many players and fans are simply going to buy pieces based on whether they want to root for a friend or famous player. While there's nothing wrong with this approach, what if someone wanted to analyze the staking landscape as if seeking value in a market, looking for the best potential return on investment?

Whose action is best to buy is a difficult question to answer, with myriad factors involved. Those looking for tips on the matter are in luck, though.

That's because pro poker players Adam Owen and Dara O'Kearney recently went in-depth on the matter in a video posted to Owen's YouTube channel. With Owen's permission, PokerNews has embedded the video here, with some timestamps provided below.

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Owen and O'Kearney Break Down the Day 2 Staking Market


  • 3:22: Owen introduces ASMU, the automatic mark-up system used by GG
  • 6:00: O'Kearney outlines the math behind ICM in relation to big vs. small stacks
  • 11:00: The players run the math with a standard payout structure
  • 13:38: O'Kearney explains why buying pieces of short stacks has higher EV
  • 20:10: They run the ICM math with a top-heavy payout structure
  • 24:35: They run the ICM math with a flat payout structure

What Tournaments Can I Buy Day 2 Action for?

If you're interested in buying Day 2 action for WSOP bracelet events, there will be plenty of opportunities still ahead. Here's a look at the multi-day events that still remain on the schedule:

Aug. 16Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event [Final Day], $5M GTD
Aug. 23Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD
Aug. 23Event #71: BIG 50 [Final Day], $1M GTD
Aug. 30Event #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event [Day 2], $25M GTD
Sept. 6Event #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD
Sept. 6Event #84: $100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD

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