: For those who haven't played much in the last
: couple months, Stew introduced the concept
: of awarding byes to those who didn't get
: seated at the cost of 1 wild seat per bye.
: It seems to be an idea some hosts like a lot
: as it's a way to ensure no player is totally
: left out. However, it seems to be up to the
: host whether or not to use them.
: As a player awarded a bye, you get no points
: for first round play, so the most points you
: can get for the night is 10 if you win both
: semis & finals.
: However, there is one thing to consider...
: since we went back to 1st round being
: winners & wilds (or byes) only, the top
: 2 finishers from the semis advance to the
: finals. There is a 50% chance of making
: finals as a bye.
: We have already seen some players show up
: late and demand a bye as though that was the
: intent. If players feel their best chance
: at getting more than 2 pts for the night is
: to show late and expect a bye seat where
: they have 50% chance of getting at least 4
: points instead of 33% (based on 8 advancing
: out of 24) or less, I can see how some
: players will strategically play these odds.
: If we are going to do byes, we should play
: the original format so that byes don't skew
: the odds. Under the original format where
: top 2 plus wilds advance to semis and
: winners only advance to finals, the odds of
: getting 4+ points for 1st round players is
: 50% or more and for byes entering in the
: semifinals it is 25%. There isn't that
: boost to better leaderboard results under
: the original format Mush created.
: Also, I know it was discussed that byes
: would ONLY be awarded to players who were
: there at the beginning. Late players would
: not be awarded byes, but it seems in
: creating byes some players are causing
: issues with it by arriving late and
: demanding they be awarded them just because
: they can be. We don't need the drama from
: this as we've all worked hard to rid the
: tourney of such nonsense.
: While I think wilds can be a trouble spot as
: players sometimes play for the wild and not
: the win, the use of byes has proven to be
: more of an issue. I will not use them when
: I host.
: I know some will not be convinced on either
: eliminating byes or in changing to the
: original top 2 & wilds to semis, winners
: only to finals rules let alone both as I
: would prefer. But if we do at least say you
: have to be there by 9pm ET in order to get a
: bye (if the host offers them) at least we
: can avoid players attempting to improve
: their odds of getting 4+ points on the
: leaderboard by abusing that.
: I doubt Melinda would have considered using
: byes in lieu of wilds, so there is that,
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