After the first round, 9 participants will be left in that division. This
means that one of us will get a bye until the final game, because
subsequent rounds will still produce an odd number of players.
Try this: you all draw lots, and the two players who draw the short straws play each other in
the '1 1/2th' round. The winner goes on to the second round as normal. Not entirely fair, but
better than giving someone a bye to the final.
It would have seemed to make sense when there were 18 players to
give 14 byes in the first round, that would have eliminated 2 players
in the first round bringing the numbers down to 16 - 8 - 4 - 2 - 1...
now with 9 we would need to have 2 people play off a first-and-a-half
round (or give 7 byes in the second) to give 8 - 4 - 2 - 1
of course given that we are all pawn stars (i hope!!) and that there are
or will be only 9 people left we could all play each other. I think i could
manage 16 tournament games at once...