Online poker giant PokerStars has launched Spin & Go, a new fast-paced poker format that allows players to win up to $30,000 in just a few minutes of gameplay, on its dot.com site.

 The game has already been launched in the Spanish, Italian and French markets before being rolled out internationally.

It takes the form of a three-handed hyper-turbo Sit & Go tournament where players are given 500 chips and play out three-minute levels.

They then select a buy-in level between $1 and $30, and once three players are registered to a game, the size of the prize pool is randomly selected.

The prize pool can be anything from two times the buy-in to one thousand times the initial amount. If the highest jackpot prize occurs in the top three tiers of buy-ins - $7, $15 and $30 – second and third-placed players are given 10 per cent of the prize pool each, meaning the overall pools can grow up to $36,000.

Team PokerStars player Jonathan Duhamel said that Spin & Go is “great for so many reasons.”

“First, the game lasts just a few minutes, making it perfect for whenever you have some free time, and it’s ideal for mobile play,” he explained. “But the most attractive aspect is the lottery-style prize pool, which means you never know how much you’re going to be playing for.

“Having the chance to win thousands of dollars from just a few dollars is great, considering you only have to beat two players to win the lot,” Duhamel added.

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