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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: "Tiered Buy-ins" Reply with quote

I like to puruse the TD site to get the scuttlebutt. Found this posting:

Hey All, hope someone can help me out here and tell me if this can be done before I go asking for enhancements...

I run a tournament where we use a multi-tiered pool structure. Here's how it works; the standard, minimum buy-in is say $60 but players can buy-in for an additional amount, let's say another $40. For example, say I have 20 players. Each player pays their $60 for the tourney. Of these 20 people, let's assume 10 of them also pay the additional $40. We now have two pools - one at $1200 (20 x $60) and another at $400 (10 x $40). I now want to be able to award the first pool to the top 4 finishers and the second pool to the top 3 finishers from those who paid the extra 40. Kind of like two seperate games rolled into 1. Problem is, it appears there's no way to do this automatically. At the moment I have to record the minimum buy-in using the standard fields, track the extra buy in using a spreadsheet and announce the second pool prizes after the game begins. Once the game is over I have no record within TTM of who paid the additional buy-in.

Note: The reason I do this is to cater to both the minimum amount players and the higher rollers in one game. Since I started doing this I have some players asking if I can add another tier. This gets me to thinking it should be possible to add any number of tiers if only the software could handle mutliple by-in levels. I'm hesitant to add another tier right now because of the complexity of calculating the additional prize pool and tracking who finished where and how much they should get by hand. The players, by the way, love the arrangement and I for one have not noticed any difference in the way anyone plays no matter what amount they bought in for.

Any ideas...?

If anyone wants to do this with DrNTMv3, it's easy.

Just set up the Payout Schedule to handle the standard buy-in, then set up a "Last-Longer" sidebet to handle everyone who wants to pay more.
Dr. Neau (not a real doctor)
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