This is a discussion on Extended registration within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Does it bother anyone that some games you can continue to register for a few hours? It makes the game take so long I lose
I just enter when I can still get a reasonable stack as late as possible in those. The other day I got in the final minute of late reg with 20 BB was middle of the pack. Sure registering early allows you to build a good stack and hold onto it or even grow it. It really depends on the tournament you're entering. PKO, freezeout.. etc. Just find an entry point where you can play comfortably without over extending.
Does it bother anyone that some games you can continue to register for a few hours? It makes the game take so long I lose interest. Shouldn't it be limited to an hour? Ate there any benefits?
Well, just a few years back, the late registration was indeed limited to 1 hour. But as new sites entered the market, they wanted to compete with the big ones (Party poker, Pokerstars, Fulltilt, ..), so in order to attract players, they started offering big guaranteed prize pools for relatively small buy-ins. I've seen some of them losing money in many guaranteed tourneys (ACR, formerly Doyle's room, for instance). That's when they came up with these stupid 3 or 4 hours of late registration. What I don't really understand, is that the big sites, even with their huge traffic, got drawn to those same malicious procedures ! Now if you want to play in a decent tournament, you have to put in huge amounts of time. I think it's so ridiculous that, on Pokerstars, you can't find a nice freezeout to play anymore....
Before the late registration bothered me but now I have gotten used to the tournaments are longer but it is the same game, I always registered before the tournament starts and that makes it longer for me but as I said before I am used to it and not alter the game
Long late registration makes more people register to the tournament, which create larger price pools and more rake income for poker sites. This is why, long late registration periods have become so common. 888 Poker tried to buck the trend with a tournament series called "the classic", that only had 70 min late registration with 10 min blind intervals. And it was a huge failure. Only few people played these, so they often ran with overlays, and one by one they were taken down again.