Math Riddle: Tom volunteered to be the chief organizer for the world’s tetherball championships. There were 657 contestants from around the world. The tournament was set up whereby the winner would advance and the loser would be eliminated. Since there was an odd number of participants, the initial pairing leaves one player out. That player gets a bye and automatically advances to the next round. How many matches will Tom have to schedule to determine the tetherball champion?
Answer: The correct answer is 656 matches will be needed.