I hate all the carnival aspects of games in casinos, but I think I know why they are offered. Number One: They are profitable for the casino. Number Two: Unsuspecting players think they have a reasonable chance at winning. Number three: They add some excitement to the game. Maybe that concept can be brought to blackjack tournaments. For your consideration: Usually, blackjack tournaments, that are of a set number of hands, will have a chip count near the end of the round. This is an advantage for seasoned players. The chip count is interesting but often of no value to ploppies. They blindly complete the round and if they win the table or advance it is often by going all in and winning the last hand. Usually, they lose and after seeing many of the same persons (advantage players) either win or advance time after time, the ploppies will often get discouraged and stop playing in tournaments. The ploppies often realize they don't have the skills to be competitive in tournaments. Solution: When the chips are counted near the end of the round, the person with the 2nd lowest chip total will win say 5% of the prize pool. Or, will win a set amount such as two or three hundred dollars. This will make tournaments more interesting for ploppies, especially 1st time players who know they have low tournament skills. This will give seasoned players an opportunity to turn a round of dead cards into a profit by making thought out bets. This will give seasoned players another way to win the table by laying back and seeing how many other players bet themselves out of the game by playing to on purpose lose chips in hopes of winning money at the chip count.