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How to Do Well in "Zynga Poker" Leagues

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This is the "Zynga Poker"leagues information screen.

This is the "Zynga Poker"leagues information screen.

Learn More About Leagues in Zynga Poker

Leagues are a somewhat important park of Zynga Poker. What are the leagues? How do you move in Leagues faster? Read this post to learn the answers to both questions.

What Are Zynga Poker Leagues?

Leagues are a way to rank players. Zynga Poker recently updated leagues to the World Champions system.

"Zynga Poker" league divisions.

"Zynga Poker" league divisions.

How Poker Leagues in Zynga Poker Work

The League Tiers

  1. Rookie
  2. Pro
  3. Elite
  4. Master
  5. Champion
  6. World Champion

Each tier also has five divisions you need to pass up to get to the next tier.

The world champion league works differently, though. I will explain how it works later.

The League Zones

Each league has three zones. There are the Red, Yellow, and green zones.

  • While in the Red zone, you will drop to the league below your current if you don’t get into the yellow zone.
  • In the Yellow zone, you will stay in your current league if you remain in it at the end of the week.
  • You need to get into the green zone to move up in league.

The size of each zone changes as you move up in league divisions. The Yellow and Green zones are smaller in higher leagues!

This forces more competition among the players to stay in these spots.

How You Move up and Down in League Positions

You move up and down in league divisions after about a week or so. You need to win chips to move up in league divisions.

There Is a Fast Advancement Option

If you win a certain number of chips, the game will instantly move you up into a new league division.

You will not have to wait a whole week to advance.

It is nice there is the option to catch up if you have not played in a long time.

A "Zynga Poker" league leaderboard.

A "Zynga Poker" league leaderboard.

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How the World Champion League Works

The world champions league is a bit more special than the other leagues.

Only the best 500 players in the game that is currently in Champions 5 can be on this leaderboard.

To stay in this league, you need to win enough chips to be in the top 500 players.

If you want to show off, this is a way to do so!

The world champions leaderboard.

The world champions leaderboard.

Why Do Poker Leagues Matter?

Being in High Leagues Is a Sign of Being a Good Poker Player

Leagues are a nice way to rank players on skill and bankroll size.You know the players in the World Champions are the best. Only the current best 500 players are in that league.

Being in Leagues Is a Fun Way to Show Off

I like being able to show off how good of a poker player I am. To me, poker is a lot about appeasing my own ego, and leagues are a great way to do this.

You Get Rewards From Being in Leagues

So maybe that means nothing to you. Well, you still should care about leagues.

You get more rewards from being in higher leagues. These rewards will help you get extra chips to play poker.

Also, to play in the highest of stakes in the game, you need to move in leagues.


Other people can see your current league when playing on poker tables.

Other people can see your current league when playing on poker tables.

The reward I got at the end of a league.

The reward I got at the end of a league.

How to Get Into Higher Leagues More Often?

You Need to Play Poker to Build a Solid Bankroll

So how do you win so many chips consistently? You need to work on building up your bankroll.

People Take on Too Much Risk for Small Gains

People at higher leagues tend to be very small stacked. It is quite a paradox. How they did get to a high league if they have so few chips?

I see people play in higher leagues risk everything they have to keep those positions. Sometimes they lose every chip they have to stay in leagues.

This is a huge mistake because you can not do this long term. Sure they will keep their shiny badges for now. But once then go bust, they will struggle to stay in any league at all.

I Use Smart Bankroll Management to Minimize My Risks

I only play at stakes I have 50 buy-ins. I played poker on Zynga Poker for years to build up my bankroll.

But for most people, I would recommend anywhere between 20 - 50 buy-ins depending on what your risk tolerance is.

Playing poker conservatively does mean people will pass you up. You will be stuck in the lower leagues for quite a while.

But when you do move up in stakes, you will win chips consistently. The people who risk everything just for a league spot will stand no chance against you.

You will pass them up on the leaderboards, and they will be stuck where they are. Or they will struggle to risk everything to try to pass you up.

What Current "Zynga Poker" League Are You In?

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you lose your "Zynga Poker" League Badge if you don't play often?

Answer: Yes. You will drop in leagues if you don't play "Zynga Poker enough.

Thankfully the fast advance option made climbing back up in leagues easier.

Question: Are There Any Special Bonuses for Reaching League 20 in Zynga Poker?

Answer: You do not get anything extra or special for reaching league 20 in Zynga Poker. But you will get the most tickets compared to other leagues.

Question: Why don't some Zynga players have league stats?

Answer: You can opt-out of participating in leagues by turning them off. Some players don't want to play in them for reasons only known to them.

© 2020 Eric Farmer

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