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Lately our local club is looking to raise more money. One way of doing that is to take $1 from each person during league play. So if you put in $5, $1 goes to the club and $4 goes to payouts. I don't care for that approach as it reduces payouts and means that less people will get paid and the payouts will also be smaller. Also it is much easier to base your payouts on $5 since many people pay with $5 bills. Much harder to try to find $1 bills at the end of the day. So next week I will be changing to a $6 buy in with $1 going to the club. That way the club still gets their cut and payouts are not reduced. Also payouts are still based on the easier $5 scale. Ace pool will remain a $1 buy in.
What does everyone else do? Money is a good incentive to get good players out to compete. Hell, it's a good incentive for anyone.
I'm not sure which way things will go but I do know that the league that I am running is protecting payouts so it seems popular. The Sunday league had 18 people the other day and only paid $20 per person for the winning doubles team. That is a bit lame. Money is a good incentive no matter what people say.