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Monday, August 29, 2005

Random Tourney Thoughts

Why doesn't anyone offer winner take all single table tourneys? Or do they? I would think this would be a hit online - it also simplifies tourney theory, as chip EV becomes a much closer approximation to prize money EV (if you don't know what I mean, think about this: when you win all the chips in a normal tourney, you don't win all the money - which is why a decision may be positive EV in terms of tourney chips, but negative EV in terms of real prize money.) You probably wouldn't find a lot of takers for $1k buy in winner take all events, but I'd guess that there'd be good demand for lower buy in winner take all formats...

How many entrants will there be in the WSOP 2006 main event? Is there a limit to the scalability of live tourney play? I wasn't at the WSOP this year, but I'm guessing it's not as simple as saying they could handle 12,000 entrants if they just did twice as many starting flights.

Will we ever see an online tourney like the WSOP main event? A $10,000 buy-in event with thousands of entrants? The online platform has many advantages that cater to tourney play: almost limitless scalability, elimination of dealer errors and slowness in managing pots, and many more hands per hour (and thus, per tournament level.)

Perhaps we will one day see the day where the WSOP main event has so many entrants that the first day or two has to be played online? where you could easily whittle 20,000 players down to 2,000 who could then play live in Las Vegas...

just thinking out loud...
-KD

2 comments:

GutshotSlim said...

Online sites want traffic, which means fast games and keeping players around. Flatter payouts mean fish are more likely to score, which means they stick around longer.

Also, good players may not want this, as the blinds escalate *fast*, so that it often becomes a push-fest at the end.

If there was actual play in a SNG, then there might be demand.

Kid Dynamite said...

Great points Slim. One reason I actually like playing tourneys online is that you get a lot of hands compared to live tourneys... Not in SnG's, but they could have single table tourneys with 15 minute levels and winner take all - that would be interesting...

Your point about the flatter payout structure is a good one.