Example from my earlier post about the 9 team league

**Quote:**

1234 plays 5678 (one loss for 1234) (4 games)

1234 plays 5678 (one loss apiece) (4 games)

1234 plays 5678 (1234 are eliminated) (4 games)

56 plays 78 (56 are eliminated) (2 games)

7 plays 8 (8 is eliminated) (1 game)

7 plays 9 (one loss apiece) (1 game)

7 plays 9 (9 wins it all) (1 game)

4+4+4+2+1+1+1 = 17 games

As you can see it's not as simple as "each team plays 2 games". Team 7 in the example actually played 7 games! and no team up there played fewer than 3 games (except for team 9, but that's because they came in right at the end).

And even if each team were to only play 2 games, you can't just multiply the number of teams by 2 because each game involves 2 teams and if you count each of them you'll be counting each game twice.

Here's an example with 10 teams:

**Quote:**

01234 plays 56789 (01234 lose 1 game) 5 games

01234 plays 56789 (56789 lose 1 game) 5 games

01234 plays 56789 (01234 lose again, eliminating those teams) 5 games

56 plays 78 (56 lose again, eliminating those teams) 2 games

7 plays 8 (7 loses again, eliminating team 7) 1 game

8 plays 9 (8 loses again, eliminating team 8) 1 game

Leaving us with 9 as the only remaining team (with one loss)

5+5+5+2+1+1 = 19

ORx = 10 (2*10-1) = 19