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With MTT's I weight the tables. Players with more wins start at the main table, early knockouts are weighted toward the second (or third) tables.

This has drawn criticism from people online, but has developed rave reviews from my players. Experienced players sit through less story time waiting for cards, Noobs are less likely to be intimidated by the sharks.

I've developed an overly complex spreadsheet, and there is still a random factor in table assignments just to keep the tables from polarizing, and seat numbers are always still random. It may be unorthodox, but it has worked extremely well.
 
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With MTT's I weight the tables. Players with more wins start at the main table, early knockouts are weighted toward the second (or third) tables.

This has drawn criticism from people online, but has developed rave reviews from my players. Experienced players sit through less story time waiting for cards, Noobs are less likely to be intimidated by the sharks.

I've developed an overly complex spreadsheet, and there is still a random factor in table assignments just to keep the tables from polarizing, and seat numbers are always still random. It may be unorthodox, but it has worked extremely well.

Shouldn't those just be 2 different tournaments?

Aren't you punishing the good players by making them fight amongst themselves?

Aren't seats supposed to move around occasionally in MTTs? Although this I have no knowledge of - the algorithm used to move played between tables.
 

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Just 1 tournament. We're a very social group. the sooner we can get everybody at 1 table the better, and 1 table of 9 is a lot more fun than a table of 4 and a table of 5.

You could say that the good players are being punished, but the stats don't show that to be true - and I have an incredible amount of data to draw from.

When the random factor seats a good player at the "kids" table, there has be no evidence to show that the good player does better because he's sitting with the fishes.

On an average night (pre covid) we have 17 players. We combine the tables when we get to 10, but nobody is in the money until you are down to the final 5. If the tables are off by more than 2, someone at random (the next player to get the Big Blind to be exact) gets moved to balance the tables.

All players still have a tough final table to fight through to get in the money. What the less-skilled players do have, is a couple hours at the "kids" table. It helps them build confidence, and become better players. It also keeps them coming back.

I'm not running a casino. I'm running a home game. My goal is to see that everyone has fun. If players are intimidated by better players, they aren't having as much fun, and I will have failed at achieving my goal.
 
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