## Explanation of Bounty

In regular MTT’s (multi-table-tournaments), it’s the players that reach the prize-pool who get a payout. This doesn’t change in bounty tournaments, aside from the fact that additional prizes are awarded for one of the following:

1. Eliminating a specific player, or group of players, from the tournament.
2. Knocking out other players in general. (More commonly referred to as “knockout” tournaments”).

It’s hence possible for a player to completely miss the prize-pool, and yet still profit from the tournament as a result of eliminating certain players.

In history, a bounty was a reward placed on the head of a criminal. Those capturing or killing the criminal could return (perhaps to the sheriff’s office) to collect their bounty.

Example of Bounty used in a sentence -> The bounties in knockout tournaments mean that we can still profit even if we don’t make it to the prizepool.

## How to Use Bounty as Part of Your Poker Strategy

If we assume for a moment that a certain tournament stack-off carries a break-even expectation (in terms of ICM), then that same stack-off against an opponent who carries a bounty will be clearly profitable.

Taking that line one step further, there are scenarios which will carry a negative expectation according to a raw ICM calculation, that will be profitable if our opponent carries a bounty.

In other words, it’s correct to go out of way to play against opponents who carry a bounty. How wide we should go will naturally depend on the size of the bounty associated with that opponent. A proper ICM calculation should attempt to factor in the value of the bounty when making decisions.

Tournaments, ICM

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