I’m writing this morning in an attempt to assuage my own deep frustrations. :o)
Last night, once again, I signed up for a high stakes SnG, and then, life got in the way, and I was unable to get back and actually play in the tournament. So I donated 100K.
I don’t know if it’s bad karma or what, but that has happened to me about six times just this month, I’ve signed up for 100K or 200K tournaments and gotten called away by “life” and have not played a single hand in any of those SnG tournaments. (Seems to be a unique month for me. I don’t remember it ever happening before.)
So, from my frustrated self, I’m writing to make a suggestion regarding how tourney points are calculated. It would be great if Replay chose to recognize that “stuff” happens out here in the world and that folks occasionally do what I’ve been doing and not showing up for tournaments they’ve registered for for reasons beyond their control.
With that in mind I would suggest that the player still lose out on the entry fee, say 100K, but that if a player doesn’t play a single hand in a tournament then that tournament not be included as a tournament played with regard to the leaderboards, and that it not be include in calculating a player point average.
I believe that this approach would be consistent with Replay’s intention that the tourney point average be a reflection of player skills. With this approach the tourney point average would only be affected by tournaments that the player actually played in, rather than be diluted by tournaments that the player didn’t actually play in, and thereby be a clearer reflection of player skills.
The player would still be penalized the entry fee, and other players would not be affected other than continuing to make it easier for them to score points with one less player at the table.
I’ve become more aware of this issue this month as I am currently at the top of the High Stakes leader board, but am painfully aware that the tournaments I have entered, but have not played in, have seriously diluted my point average. This month I believe there have been six of these “no shows” for me. And particularly onerous is the fact that two of these tournament “no shows” on my part have occurred after I reached the 60 tournament plateau which amplifies the negative effect on the tourney point average.
(Plus I’m watching my fellow poker soundrels creep closer and closer up the leaderboard as I fall backwards. Harrumph!)
Okay, I appreciate your consideration of this proposal. I enjoy the idea of the leaderboards each month as it adds some depth and motivation to the game since the chips themselves have a tendency to lose significant meaning over time. The little extra competitive aspect is fun and adds a little extra “juice” to the game. And I appreciate all of the many great touches you’ve added as Replay has evolved.
May your holiday season be blessed.