Players who sign up to a tourney and don’t show up for the first 3 levels are automatically booted out.
Players who sit out for more than 50% of hands while in a tourney don’t get any tourney points.
However, those who do play past the 4th level are allowed to sit out of the game until they run out of chips (posting and folding). There is no time or level limit for them.
Some of these players (and it happens frequently) make it to final tables and to top paid places, and get prizes in SnG games and MTT tourneys, without even playing anymore, while others who play the entire time lose on the bubble or before.
I’ve seen bingo players go all in preflop constantly at the beginning of a tourney, get miracle hands and accumulate chips, and when their stack is big enough, they leave the game, and their sitting shadow wins them chips for 4th, 3rd, and even 2nd place, when others who fight hard to stay in the game till the end, lost just before them and get nothing, or get less than them.
I myself was in the lead a few times, and had to leave the game unexpectedly, and came back later to find an email saying I came in 2nd or 3rd place and won chips but no tourney points. I didn’t think it was fair for others then either.
Wouldn’t it be fair to everyone if those who sit out get booted out of the tourney after a certain time, or after few levels, just like those who don’t show up? If a player sits out of a tourney for more than 3 consecutive blind levels, shouldn’t they get the same treatment as the no-shows?
Or another way to deal with this could be not to award chips to those who sit out for more than 50% of the hands while in a tourney, not just tourney points. No matter what they rank in the end, they get 0 points, why not also get 0 chips?
We all need to leave a game for one reason or another (disconnected, bathroom, phone, door, pet, etc…), and it’s only fair for us to find our seat when we come back in an acceptable time frame. But for those of us who sit out for the rest of the tourney, it’s not fair to stay in the game and win at the expense of others.
@Shady spoke about this in another thread, and I know many others agree that it’s unfair, that’s why I am starting this thread, in the hope to hear back from RP with a fair solution that works for everyone, as they always do.