Why are MTT tickets mostly NLHE?
Last Saturday I was helping one of my Skype contacts with searching through official deals. We came across two big skins on the same network (I guess I can't name them without being banned but you'll recognise them easily).
Skin 1 pays some of its cashback in the form of auto-registration to monthly MTTs (they don't state explicitly what game it is but I'm pretty sure it's No-Limit Hold'em). Actually the more you rake, the less profitable they are (you get a stack proportional to your rake) according to ICM, but the main problem is that not everyone plays NLHE as their main game. E.g., being a PLO player for a year, I've almost forgotten how to play NLHE profitably.
Also, skin 1 has a special rake race for their new game format, which is exclusively NLHE too.
On the contrary, skin 2 has a special (quite meagre) rake race where scores are counted basing on rake at any kind of Omaha exclusively.
My interlocutor plays PLO100, both Hi and Hi/Lo, and he finally chose skin 2 despite all my arguments for skin 1 as giving back more value (I'm unbiased as I'm not regged on this network). Alas he failed as skin 2 doesn't accept deposits from Poland (lol wp), but it's another story.
So the moral is that we, Omaha players, hate it when skins and affiliates spit into our faces offering us promotions in forms of freerolls/MTTs only in NLHE, which is not our main game, most of us actually find it too boring and dried up lately.
PLO should be attractive for skins and affiliates because it generates twice more rake than NLHE, people often don't understand that its variance is twice bigger and play it underrolled, fish is also preferring it more and more because it features more action and all-ins, especially coinflips.
I'd like you comment on this asymmetry.
As a free advice, I recommend reps reading this to give their clients more freedom of choice of MTT/freeroll tickets. Ideally, customers should be able to choose one of several MTTs with the same player point buy-in but in different game types, desirably not restricted to NLHE/PLO/PLO8, and compete against fellow players of their main game and not NLHE sharks they don't face at cash tables and thus don't have reads on.