To demonstrate this, the following is a draw of the last four players in a tournament with double elimination:
The losers of these four players, B and D, then play each other, with B winning. The winner B must then play the player who has won in the loser's bracket. The winner of this match, B, must then player player C from the original draw of the last four player. B wins again. B now has to play A two more rounds. This means that a player who loses in the round-of-four must win five more rounds in order to win the tournament!
The following table lists the number of rounds necessary to win, in order to win the tournament.
| If You Lose|
| Number of Additional|
to Win the Tournament
| Chance of|
1 in 8 |
1 in 32
1 in 128
1 in 512
1 in 2048
1 in 8192
In my opinion it is a waste of time and energy to play in the losers bracket in a double elimination tournament.
Arithmetic of the Losers Bracket