please help this math riddle has been killing me...

An amazing BLC tournament is taking place at the moment. A total of 97 teams competing each other to determine the champ. It's sponsored by theShrimp and the winning team will win one invite to the closed beta http://www.bloodlinechampions.com/fo...con_e_wink.gif. The way the winner is chosen for this tournament is the well known elimination schedule. That means, all 97 teams are devided into pairs, those two teams of each pair fight against each other. It's standard pick mode, everyone plays the bloodline he wants to, no restrictions. After a team is kicked out from each pair, the winners would be again divided into pairs...

*How many games must be played to determine the Bloodline "Champion"?*

btw the answer is NOT 94 or 93...I was told its higher...please don't just give answer...please give reason as well