I'm have no idea what they are thinking over there. I actually play on Intertops
which is on the same network since Lock left Merge and purchased Intertops. Within the last couple of couple of weeks they have absolutely butchered their schedule. I liked playing the 5.00 + .50 $300 and $500 GTD tourneys. There had been three $500 GTD running at 8:00, 9:30 and 10:30 in the evenings, as well as another $500 GTD at 3:00 in the morning and a $300 GTD at 5:00 in the morning. All but the $300 GTD at 5:00AM were removed from the schedule, apparently due to frequent overlays.
Alot of people (including me) seem to be wondering why they didn't reduce the guarantees instead of removing these games completely from the schedule. In their place they have scheduled a bunch of $10 rebuy/add on, bounty, turbo and turbo bounty tournaments. I won't go into particulars, but I've played all of these formats and they each seem to speak directly to the souls of donkeys in their own way. They're fun for a change from time to time, but for $10 a pop I'd prefer not to play tournament formats that encourage play so ridiculous that it makes the play in a $100 freeroll look like day five of the WSOP
I'm trying to give them a little time to figure things out. I don't know understand why it's so hard. I'm not paid to sit around and think about this stuff, yet I've been able to figre out that they could eliminate the overlays in some of their tournaments just by lowering the guarantees a little. For instance, they could offer $5 $300 GTD tournaments in place of the $5 $500 GTDs . Because the buy-ins are the same and they seem to attract about the same amount of players, the first place prize money is similar. In fact, the $300 frequently pay more places, which might even encourage higher participation since players feel like they have a better chance of making the money. Eh, what do I know. I'm just some guy who likes to play poker. But one thing I do know, is that if they don't get it together soon, I'm withdrawing my money and taking my business elsewhere.