Royal starting times

Why are royal games cancelled at the exact starting time due to lack of players? If You get the minimum players to start the game (normally 4 players) then you have a late registration of 15 minutes and end up with over 20 players?

If there are 2 players (and no guarantee prize) why not just start the game instead of cancelling when you could end up with 20 players?

Hi Mick-123,

Replay MTT games are cancelled if there are less than the minimum players at 2 minutes before the start time. We use that point as a reference because it gives the system time to allocate seats and prepare tables in order to get the first hand dealt at the Start time. If we waited until the actual Start time to decide if the game is going ahead, it would not start on time.

If it were to start with less than the minimum players, there is still no guarantee there will be any new players.
The registration period is 24 hours. We encourage people who are interested to play to register some time ahead and make sure the game has enough players to start, but the habit of waiting until the last minute or into Late Registration is not restricted to Royal games.

Rob

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Assuming a ten minute late registration, can you break into a minute of the ten to announce registration will stop in 60 seconds using the same clock used for breaks? In other words, can we start with a one minute break with a visual prompt to register?

Hi, Scratch, I dont think that is practical. The tournament is registering for 24 hours and the Start time is published.
If fewer than the advertized minimum players register their interest to play, I see no reason to extend the window to register further.

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I’m with you Rob. I don’t see any need for these changes.

15 min late reg might help