Hey All - Haven't been too active here for a while, but have been consistantly coming and lurking still. I was hoping some of you who run or participate in a poker league could weigh in on some issues we are having. We run a pretty standard league (i think). 10 monthly tourneys. Buy in is $120 per person per game. $20 comes out of every buy in and is put in a prize pool. Points are awarded based on how you finish every tourney and the top 10 players at the end of the season play in a freeroll for the prize pool. We started off the year well... 30 players (our max) for each of the first 3-4 games, but then participation has been steadily falling off every game. Its to the point where game #9 is this Saturday and right now we are only looking at 15 signed up players. The most common complaint I have heard thus far is that "I'm not in the running for the top 10 so I don't want to put $20 of dead money into a tournament". I don't fully understand this because in my eyes this is still a very solid $100 buy in tourney with a good pay-out. Plus the $20 is probably not that much more than a casino would take as a rake for a tourney anyway, which many of these players play in fairly regularly. I don't think this is an uncommon issue with poker leagues, but I was wondering if any of you had any experience in combating this. We have a pretty solid base of players (somewhere around 60-70 on the email list) so I'm not really looking for a "get more new players" idea. Some ideas we are throwing around: 1. Shorten the season to 5 games and have two seasons a year. This way more people will still be "in the hunt" right up until the end of each season. 2. Expand the freeroll to something like 14 players and have the top 12 go and then draw the final 2 spots from a list of players who weren't in the top 12 but have played in something like 6+ games. I'm not really a fan of this because it feels "unfair" to have 2 players who didn't earn their way in, but I do think some players might play in a tourney or two just to get to the minimum number of games to qualify for the drawing. Thoughts? Does anyone else have any other ideas or minor tweaks to keep participation in a poker league up? Thanks!