We have a new policy at Wall Street Poker, starting with the next tourney we have. Thanks to the Rooster for suggesting it.
The issue we're trying to resolve revolves around latecomers to the tourney. In short, people came late to the tourneys. So many people, as a matter of fact, that I often have only 3 or 4 at 7:15 when we have a full table scheduled. It feels unfair to me to start an 11 person tourney with 3 or 4 so I generally wait a bit for more people to show up. You can guess what happen then. The time slips to 7:30 and we have a longer tourney and then all of a sudden it's midnight and we're still playing the second tourney. What's worse is that people come to see this as the norm so they don't show up until 7:30 because they know they won't be penalized!
This is ending. Now. As of this day forward, 7PM start times, as called for by the invitation, will be enforced in the following manner:
All tournaments will start with cards IN THE AIR at 7:15PM. The 15 minutes in-between will be used to collect buy-ins, clean the apt., etc... Tournaments will start regardless of the number of participants. For every 15 minutes you are late from this point onwards, an extra 100 in chips will be removed from your stack and taken off the table, in addition to any blinds you may be sitting through.
I hope the extra penalization will be the incentive people need to respect the players who *do* show up on time.
If you feel this is too draconian, by all means let's hear what you have to say.