We have a weekly $5 tournament every Friday at a small arcade I opened back in February. I'm happy to say we've had some decent participation with 10-18 people showing up weekly (and the word is slowly getting out there, I'm hoping in the fall it will build even more). All tournament fees go into the pot and I only make coin-up.
I have 20 machines to play on, with 16 of those being two player or more. Currently I run a head-to-head 3 strike knockout tournament (using either brackelope or matchplay). On the newer DMD's, a single game determines the match-- and on anything older (70's and 80's EM's and SS) it's a best of 3 to determine the match. After a certain time all games go to single game matches so as to not run too terribly late into the evening.
So, even though the software makes it super-easy to run a tournament this way, I'm wondering if anyone has any other tournament ideas that are easy to run? Trying to keep things fresh...