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The Battle of the Planets

The Battle of the Plants
by Chad Holloway of

The Battle of the Planets on Poker Stars gives Sit & Go players a chance to compete against each other for prizes worth more than $3,000,000 per year.

In the Battle of the Planets, PokerStars multi-player Sit & Go tournaments have been separated into eight divisions, named after the eight planets in our solar system (remember Pluto is no longer a planet). Each planet represents a different range of buy-ins, from low buy-ins like Mercury ($1-$2.99) to higher buy-ins like Jupiter ($300+). Each of these divisions are split into two Leader Boards: the Low Orbit Leader Board and the High Orbit Leader Board. The Low Orbit Leader board is geared towards casual and recreational players while the High Orbit Leader Board is more suited to high volume players. Each division has its own weekly prize pool which is distributed evenly between the High and Low Leader Boards:

Sit&Go Buy-in/Division Name/Low Orbit/High Orbit/Total Division Prize Pool
$1-$2.99 Mercury $1500 $1500 $3,000.00
$3-$4.99 Mars $2000 $2000 $4,000.00
$5-$9.99 Venus $2500 $2500 $5,000.00
$10-$19.99 Earth $3000 $3000 $6,000.00
$20-$49.99 Neptune $3500 $3500 $7,000.00
$50-$99.99 Uranus $4000 $4000 $8,000.00
$100-$299.99 Saturn $4500 $4500 $9,000.00
$300+ Jupiter $5000 $5000 $10,000.00

On top of this, any player that finishes in the top 10 of any weekly Sit & Go Leader Board will receive an exclusive ticket to a monthly tournament. This “Battle of the Planets” tournament will feature the highest ranking players from each division who will fight it out in a triple shootout, for a $50,000 monthly prize pool.

Here’s how the "Battle of Planets" works in more detail. Starting at 12:00:00 am Sunday and finishing at 11:59:59 pm Saturday you will have a set number of games to earn as many points as you can for that week. You earn Leader Board Points every time you cash in a regular multi-player Sit & Go with fewer than 40 players. The points are awarded as follows:

Number of players
Place 6 7 8 9 10 12 16 18 27
1st 39 44 40 45 50 54 55 61 80
2nd 21 26 24 27 30 32 41 46 58
3rd 0 0 16 18 20 22 26 30 38
4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 16 22
5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18

The PokerStars website explains:

"In the Low Orbit Leader Board, your points total is recorded in blocks of 20 tournaments. You may play up to five 20-tournament blocks per division in any given week.

The 20-tournament blocks will be recorded in sequence, i.e. 1 to 20, 21 to 40, 41 to 60, 61 to 80 and 81 to 100. Only your best block score will count towards the Leader Board, and only completed blocks of games will be eligible for the leader board.

Example 1:

You play 42 tournaments in a given week, and they were all 9-handed $5 tournaments. You therefore have completed two 20-tournament blocks for the Venus Division: Low Orbit Leader Board. The completed blocks were games 1 to 20 and 21 to 40. The block in which you scored the most points will be the one that gets ranked on the Leader Board.

The final two tournaments were not part of a complete block, so they do not count towards the Leader Board.

For the High Orbit Leader Board, your points total is recorded in blocks of 100 tournaments. There is no limit to the number of high volume blocks you can play in a given week, and no limit on the number of divisions in which you can participate.

The 100 tournament blocks will be recorded in sequence, i.e. 1 to 100, 101 to 200, 201 to 300 and so on. Only your best block score will count towards the Leader Board.

Example 2:

You play 106 tournaments in a given week. They were a mixture of 9-man and 18-man tournaments, but all of them had a $25 buy-in. The first 100 tournaments comprise a complete block for the Neptune Division: High Orbit Leader Board.

The final six tournaments were not part of a complete block, so they do not count towards the Leader Board."

PokerStars "Battle of the Planets" is a great promotion for those players that enjoy playing tournaments. Any questions on the "Battle of the Planets" can be sent to

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