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TannerPruess
02-07-2006, 04:58 PM
Rep points are welcome still. ;)

2006 Schedule Announced

The International Pool Tour is proud to announce the 2006 IPT Season. The IPT is hosting six major tournaments for 2006 and over $8 million in prize money is being given away. A tour season of this magnitude has been difficult to schedule without clashing with other events. We have done everything in our power to work around other promoters' tournaments whose schedules have been announced. However, even with our best efforts, it was impossible for us to find world class venues, with the space and number of days required, that would not conflict with some other tournaments. We have contacted all major promoters and they have been overwhelmingly cooperative and understanding with regard to tournament date clashes. They will be rescheduling tournaments so that players will be able to participate in both IPT events and other events as well. Scheduling these tournaments has been a major challenge. Each tournament requires over 60,000 sq.ft. of space to accommodate over 60 tables, player and staff green rooms, and exhibit space. We require three days move in time, seven or eight days for tournament play, and one day to break down and move out. Finding a world class venue to accommodate these requirements has been a major undertaking. However, the IPT team has secured spectacular venues that the pool world has never before seen!

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 22 and July 30, 2006. The Venetian is one of the finest hotel resorts in the world and one of the most beautiful venues ever for a pocket billiard tournament. The North American Open will be the biggest tournament in the history of the game in terms of prize money; the winner will be awarded $350,000! Securing the Venetian for so many days was nearly impossible, but the IPT was committed to such a first class venue for the North American Open and its $2 million prize fund. The player meeting will be held at 5pm July 22nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada between September 2 and September 10, 2006. The Reno Hilton has recently undergone a complete renovation and is again one of the leading convention / event resorts in the world. The World Open will payout an unprecedented prize fund of $3 million and the winner of the event will be awarded $500,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm September 2nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Players 8-Ball Championship will be held between October 29 and November 5, 2006 in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The IPT is still securing a venue for this event and is close to finalizing details. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Masters 8-Ball Championship will be held between November 26 and December 3, 2006 in Chicago. The host venue is the Hyatt Rosemont and Convention Center. This fantastic convention venue in the IPTs home town is a first class property very near downtown and the airport. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT 2006 King of the Hill 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas! The Wynn Las Vegas is the newest and most expensively constructed Las Vegas resort. The Wynn is easily one of the nicest hotel / casino resorts in the world and hosting a pocket billiard tournament there is nothing short of a miracle. Pool has never before seen such an extravagant venue and this event will go down in history as one of the greatest tournaments ever. The 2007 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament will be run concurrently with the King of the Hill event making it a truly spectacular year end finish. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event, specifically the top 43 money earners in 2006, is $1 million and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The top 50 players in the qualification tournament will earn their 2007 IPT Tour Cards and a guaranteed income of $100,000 or more on the 2007 tour. The player meeting will be held at 5pm December 12, 2006. All IPT 2007 Tour Players are required to be in attendance for the entire King of the Hill tournament. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

Please remember that the payouts for these tournaments are guaranteed and not based on entry fees or number of participants. For the North American Open and World Open Championships, there are fifty open spots for which any player, man or women, of any age, anywhere in the world, can qualify. The IPT will be holding qualifying tournaments all over the world for both of these championships. We will be announcing the dates and locations of these qualifiers very soon.

2006 will be the most exciting year pocket billiards has ever seen! Do not miss your chance to play on this exciting and historic tour. There are still six spots open for the 2006 season. The IPT is hosting three final qualification events which will qualify two players from each event to play on the tour. For details on qualification events, visit www.internationalpooltour.com and sign up today.

The IPT is in final negotiations regarding television broadcasts of the 2005 King of the Hill Championship and all the tournaments in 2006. We will be making announcements shortly when these television contracts are formalized. There will be unprecedented world-wide television coverage, on major networks, in Prime Time, and in some countries there will even be live television coverage!

Spectator tickets for these events will be available soon. Since these are televised events, spectator seating will be extremely limited.

Spread the word about the IPT and watch the Golden Age of billiards be reborn

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com

sjm
02-07-2006, 06:47 PM
........We have done everything in our power to work around other promoters' tournaments whose schedules have been announced. However, even with our best efforts, it was impossible for us to find world class venues, with the space and number of days required, that would not conflict with some other tournaments. We have contacted all major promoters and they have been overwhelmingly cooperative and understanding with regard to tournament date clashes. They will be rescheduling tournaments so that players will be able to participate in both IPT events and other events as well.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour



Congratulations to all at the IPT for firming up the schedule. It is truly a great day for the sport of pool.

As a fan of both the players and the game, I'd like to express my gratitude for all efforts made by the IPT to avoid clashing with other events. Such efforts, in my opinion, welcome other tours and event promoters to participate in revitalizing our sport and to reap some of the rewards that will come with pool's growth.

When the IPT opted not to become affiliated with the WPA, many interpreted it as evidencing a rebellious, anti-establishment approach to transforming our sport. Some went as far as suggesting that it evidenced the IPT's indifference to other members of pool's establishment. It is time to put these ideas to bed. In establishing its schedule, the IPT has shown admirable respect for other members of pool's establishment.

Let the games begin, for the IPT has arrived. Good luck to all who are affiliated with it.

Colin Colenso
02-07-2006, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up Tanner!

I'd like to echo the words of sjm.

There has been a bit of a delay...almost 6 months in fact, but it looks like something incredible has been and is being put together.

I don't mind the wait at all if it means it is done right and gives this project the best chance of success in building popularity for the game.

I can't wait for the broadcasting deal agreements to be announced :D

Colin
btw: People can check my blog for archived updates on the IPT and related news at: http://calcul8r.blogharbor.com/blog

cueball1950
02-07-2006, 08:18 PM
does the September tournament conflict with this years US OPEN? i thought that the open was starting on Labor day this year. please correct me if i am wrong......................mike

JPB
02-07-2006, 08:41 PM
Excited to see 2 in las vegas and 1 in reno. Between the three I think I can go to at least 1 since both cities are pretty easy travel for me. Rooms in las vegas are going to be dirt cheap in July for the one at the Venetian. I try to hit Delmonico every time I'm thre anyway, so it could be convenient:) Anyway, with all the matches I think this could be great pool spectating for me.

And to top it off a couple of the dates coincide with birthday/anniversary.:D

sweatinNbettin
02-07-2006, 09:00 PM
I believe the dates due conflict with the US Open.Which really stinks for the pool fan.

rackmsuckr
02-07-2006, 09:06 PM
does the September tournament conflict with this years US OPEN? i thought that the open was starting on Labor day this year. please correct me if i am wrong......................mike

It says they have tried their best to not conflict with any tournaments and those that do are working to reschedule. I think this is the only year they will step on anyone's toes, as the schedule will be set a year ahead and then people can schedule around them with the IPT schedule in mind.

Before anyone gets upset at the idea of them pushing their weight around and muscling in on established tour dates for other tournaments, I commend the IPT for working with these other tournaments and realizing they are impacting the other's dates. For the extended term they needed for a venue, it would have been extremely difficult for them NOT to collide with someone else's dates.

You should go look on the main page of www.internationalpooltour.com and see the beautiful venues they are going to be held at. It's a long way from the Sands and the Riviera. (Not being disparaging, because those venues are very much a part of pool's history...and future still.)

SlimShafty
02-07-2006, 10:39 PM
Interesting that most will be in the west and not a single one in the Northeast:( I hope they secure at least one stop in NY or an AC Casino for 2007.

TheOne
02-08-2006, 03:37 AM
According to the WPA calendar the sept doesn't clash with the US Open which is on Sept 17-24th.

However the October UK IPT members only tounrament does at present seem to clash with two biggies:

BOTH the 8 ball and 9 ball WPC!!!

I hope this is resolved

Otherwise it all looks pretty exciting

JAM
02-08-2006, 05:44 AM
Interesting that most will be in the west and not a single one in the Northeast:( I hope they secure at least one stop in NY or an AC Casino for 2007.

Hear, hear. I'm kind of bummed too that there is not one event on the East Coast. I would have thought Atlantic City would have been chosen as well as the other venue sites, but maybe there were not any available slots open in the facilities there for the dates of the events.

At least the schedule is on the table and out there in the open for all to make plans.

July in Vegas, here I come. I haven't been to Vegas since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, standing outside looking in while my parents had all the fun. I don't like Vegas, but my counterpart is already licking his chops and can't wait to get there. :p

JAM

Icon of Sin
02-08-2006, 06:02 AM
Man, nothing out here on the east coast. oh well, maybe next year :D

jjinfla
02-08-2006, 06:43 AM
Hey, Chicago is just a short flight from New york. Bill Curtis used to commute weekly when he worked there.

I suspect that the east coast is just too expensive for pool. I wonder what it would cost to rent 60,000 square feet. $20 per foot? $30? $50 $100?. And how many players could afford $100 plus per day for hotels?

And what would the unions charge to install the tables?

None of the venues are in pool halls so I suspect they will be more like TV or Hollywood sets designed for filming and not spectator viewing. There probably will be very limited seating for spectators.

July is only 5 months away. They still have to hold 25 qualifiers to get 50 qualified players. How much will these qualifiers cost to enter? And will they only be good for the one event?

Still a lot of work before the first big event.

Jake

spadevil
02-08-2006, 10:21 AM
Awesome line up of venues....and we have one event in the UK.....amazing stuff. :)

Well done to all the team involved.

cueball1950
02-08-2006, 11:15 AM
the one..... the us open 9 ball web site states that the 2006 us open 9 ball starts on September 4th 2006. i believe their web site is www.usopen9ballchampionships.com will verify this. i believe it is on the right side as you scroll down. this is going to be interesting. I wonder if Barry will try to change his dates. And i wonder if KT and Barry tried to work this out. Barry's schedule has been out for over 6 months. No Matter, i will still go to the Open. Just to bad.....................mike

sniper
02-08-2006, 12:21 PM
It's great to see that they have a UK date included in the schedule, the fans over there will really come out to support the event, especially with some of the well known locals playing on the IPT. The only hard part is going to be waiting until July for the first tournament:( I know I know I have no patience:)

nfty9er
02-08-2006, 11:16 PM
All the major, fun tourneys have been on the east for years, bout time we got some of the pie.

nfty9er
02-08-2006, 11:20 PM
Hey, Chicago is just a short flight from New york. Bill Curtis used to commute weekly when he worked there.

I suspect that the east coast is just too expensive for pool. I wonder what it would cost to rent 60,000 square feet. $20 per foot? $30? $50 $100?. And how many players could afford $100 plus per day for hotels?

And what would the unions charge to install the tables?

None of the venues are in pool halls so I suspect they will be more like TV or Hollywood sets designed for filming and not spectator viewing. There probably will be very limited seating for spectators.

July is only 5 months away. They still have to hold 25 qualifiers to get 50 qualified players. How much will these qualifiers cost to enter? And will they only be good for the one event?

Still a lot of work before the first big event.

Jake

The qualifying is in Dec. same time as KOH, so it gives a few more months for qualifying the 50.

TheOne
02-09-2006, 03:28 AM
The qualifying is in Dec. same time as KOH, so it gives a few more months for qualifying the 50.

He was referring to the 50 that need to qualify for the first event (which includes 50 players that are NOT IPT card holders). From what I am told there will be 25 more qualifiers around the world with 2 players from each one winning a spot in the North American "Open" event in July. There will also be 50 qualifiers for the World "Open" event in September and a further 50 for the end of year qualifiers! Thats another 75 qualifying events (to get 150 players) before the December event!

Lots of opportunities for players that didn't make it, although at a price:

2006 Card Qualifiers: (45 players * $2000) * 4 Events = $360,000
2006 N.American Open: (32 players * $1000) * 25 Events = $800,000
2006 World Open: (32 players * $1000) * 25 Events = $800,000
2007 Card Qualifiers: (64 players * $2000) * 25 Events = $3,200,000

TOTAL = $5,160,000 in entries from the players alone! :eek:

Colin Colenso
02-09-2006, 05:33 AM
He was referring to the 50 that need to qualify for the first event (which includes 50 players that are NOT IPT card holders). From what I am told there will be 25 more qualifiers around the world with 2 players from each one winning a spot in the North American "Open" event in July. There will also be 50 qualifiers for the World "Open" event in September and a further 50 for the end of year qualifiers! Thats another 75 qualifying events (to get 150 players) before the December event!

Lots of opportunities for players that didn't make it, although at a price:

2006 Card Qualifiers: (45 players * $2000) * 4 Events = $360,000
2006 N.American Open: (32 players * $1000) * 25 Events = $800,000
2006 World Open: (32 players * $1000) * 25 Events = $800,000
2007 Card Qualifiers: (64 players * $2000) * 25 Events = $3,200,000

TOTAL = $5,160,000 in entries from the players alone! :eek:
Well there's actually 5 qualifiers for 2006, so that's about 450k revenue.

Still a long way to go to see if so many entrants can be attracted for all the other qualifiers...or if the 2007 Qualifiers will be 1k or 2k entry. But who knows how many could enter after the KOH goes to air. There could be many hundreds of mad gamblers entering these qualifiers...or maybe a very comprehensive mini-qualification systems that brings hundreds of players into the qualifiers.

I'll be impressed if more than 3 million can be generated from the various qualifiers. That would be around 20k each for the IPT members once the 10% is divied up.

rackmsuckr
02-09-2006, 09:07 AM
Well there's actually 5 qualifiers for 2006, so that's about 450k revenue.

Still a long way to go to see if so many entrants can be attracted for all the other qualifiers...or if the 2007 Qualifiers will be 1k or 2k entry. But who knows how many could enter after the KOH goes to air. There could be many hundreds of mad gamblers entering these qualifiers...or maybe a very comprehensive mini-qualification systems that brings hundreds of players into the qualifiers.

I'll be impressed if more than 3 million can be generated from the various qualifiers. That would be around 20k each for the IPT members once the 10% is divied up.

Not sure what the entry fee to the Q's are going to be, but I DO know that the entry fee to the main event once they qualify will be another $1000, as opposed to $199 for tour members.

Also, most, if not all people qualifying are going to have someone named on their applications, so that the cut to all IPT members will be significantly lower.

Love the signature, Calcul8r!

TheOne
02-09-2006, 10:00 AM
Well there's actually 5 qualifiers for 2006, so that's about 450k revenue.

Still a long way to go to see if so many entrants can be attracted for all the other qualifiers...or if the 2007 Qualifiers will be 1k or 2k entry. But who knows how many could enter after the KOH goes to air. There could be many hundreds of mad gamblers entering these qualifiers...or maybe a very comprehensive mini-qualification systems that brings hundreds of players into the qualifiers.

I'll be impressed if more than 3 million can be generated from the various qualifiers. That would be around 20k each for the IPT members once the 10% is divied up.

Yes I forgot I thought there where just 8 spots. Given this years tour card quals are 2k and only 13k garuanteed I actually expect next years tour card qualifier to be more than 2k given a 100k is garuanteed but I kept it at 2k. I also based these calculations on the a modest 32 entries for each qualifier which given the numbers in recent events is probably low. I also expect to see hundred of mini pre qualifiers pop up like has happened in poker and I wouldn't be suprised if they break the $6 million barrier! I sure hope he starts bringing some cash in from other sources soon as history as shown that tours that rely on the players to fund them don't last very long. And I don't think any of us want the IPT to go away anytime soon!

If the profits from the qualifiers really do go to the current chosen members then that will really be another kick in the teeth for people like crosby, foldes, ortman, peach, etc that had earned the right but never got picked. I hope you are just teasing? :confused: :rolleyes:

jjinfla
02-09-2006, 11:35 AM
It would be interesting to see the balance sheet for the qualifiers.

After expenses I wonder if there will be much money left over for the IPT players.

18K for the B&R's. I think 6 received 3 paid entries = 36K

Flying KT, MS & DA in for the tournament.

It all depends on how philanthropic KT want to be. LOL

But in the end, it sure looks like all the IPT players will receive a nice Christmas present this year.

Jake

Colin Colenso
02-09-2006, 12:33 PM
Not sure what the entry fee to the Q's are going to be, but I DO know that the entry fee to the main event once they qualify will be another $1000, as opposed to $199 for tour members.

Also, most, if not all people qualifying are going to have someone named on their applications, so that the cut to all IPT members will be significantly lower.

Love the signature, Calcul8r!
Hi Linda,
Glad you like my sig :-)

I was just guessing that most qualifier entrants won't be refering anyone...just a guess. I guess we'll find out sooner or later.

btw: I don't think those who qualify have to pay an additional entrance fee. But just guessing again...that would seem a bit tough to me.

Colin

Colin Colenso
02-09-2006, 12:41 PM
Yes I forgot I thought there where just 8 spots. Given this years tour card quals are 2k and only 13k garuanteed I actually expect next years tour card qualifier to be more than 2k given a 100k is garuanteed but I kept it at 2k. I also based these calculations on the a modest 32 entries for each qualifier which given the numbers in recent events is probably low. I also expect to see hundred of mini pre qualifiers pop up like has happened in poker and I wouldn't be suprised if they break the $6 million barrier! I sure hope he starts bringing some cash in from other sources soon as history as shown that tours that rely on the players to fund them don't last very long. And I don't think any of us want the IPT to go away anytime soon!

If the profits from the qualifiers really do go to the current chosen members then that will really be another kick in the teeth for people like crosby, foldes, ortman, peach, etc that had earned the right but never got picked. I hope you are just teasing? :confused: :rolleyes:

I was just mentioning the commissions as a matter of general interest. I empathise for the great players such as those you mentioned who may face losing ten thousand or more trying to battle through the qualifiers.

That said, I still think it is an excellent incentive approach to offer commissions...<attempting to leave all biases aside> :D

TheOne
02-09-2006, 03:31 PM
That said, I still think it is an excellent incentive approach to offer commissions...<attempting to leave all biases aside> :D

I’ve just returned to my PC from the pool hall. I now understand that the IPT members will indeed get a share of the entry fees from all the players that where unlucky enough not to be picked - now I can see why non of the IPTers came out and criticized the extremely high entries! :rolleyes:

I also came back to a few comments from other players who also see the great injustice of it all. Look at the DCC field, absolute CHAMPIONS battling it out to EARN the right to play on the IPT. OK, so maybe they applied late or got unlucky or didn’t apply at all, but then:

WACK! They are hit with $10,000+ expenses to play in the qualifiers, then wait...

KABOOM! A share of their entry fees go to the IPT players that got a free ride!

I agree Colin it’s a great idea...if your name is on the list! and of course 20k buys you an awful lot of loyalty!:rolleyes: I can only imagine what the IPT members of this forum would be saying if they had to go through what the likes of Foldes etc have to go through, I suspect their opinions about the IPT wouldn't be quite as glowing!

The IPT have done amazing things and I sure hope they succeed, but this can't hide the great injustice of the way they selected the first 150.

The sooner we separate the wheat from the chaff the better, role on 2007!

Str8PoolMan
02-09-2006, 04:07 PM
Well there's actually 5 qualifiers for 2006, so that's about 450k revenue.

Still a long way to go to see if so many entrants can be attracted for all the other qualifiers...or if the 2007 Qualifiers will be 1k or 2k entry. But who knows how many could enter after the KOH goes to air. There could be many hundreds of mad gamblers entering these qualifiers...or maybe a very comprehensive mini-qualification systems that brings hundreds of players into the qualifiers.

I'll be impressed if more than 3 million can be generated from the various qualifiers. That would be around 20k each for the IPT members once the 10% is divied up.


Looking at the figures I have scribbled on my note pad: If the take from the entry fee of the qualifiers is 3 million, 10% of that is 300,000. Divided up among 150 players is 2k each, not 20k each. Or am I missing something? Still, a very nice Christmas bonus.

rackmsuckr
02-09-2006, 04:17 PM
Hi Linda,
Glad you like my sig :-)

I was just guessing that most qualifier entrants won't be refering anyone...just a guess. I guess we'll find out sooner or later.

btw: I don't think those who qualify have to pay an additional entrance fee. But just guessing again...that would seem a bit tough to me.

Colin

All I know is what I read on the IPT website regarding entry fees to the first 2 tournaments.

Regarding The One's post, we IPT members all know we landed into something good, a pile of gold in fact. No one has more empathy for those trying to qualify than those already sitting in the IPT, watching the activity swirl around the qualifiers and the scheduling. I had a good long talk with Dave Hemmah last week and felt his pain.

I want to just mention that it is almost like Survivor's guilt that we are experiencing...at first so ecstatic to be alive on the IPT, and then feeling shame and guilt that better players are not able to make it on tour. I am sure they will eventually....and at a staggering cost. Truly, we do feel for these players. And that is whether we receive a dime from referrals or royalties or not. We thank God for our good fortune every day; we know how hard everyone else is trying.

Just my .02 :o

jjinfla
02-09-2006, 07:42 PM
I also came back to a few comments from other players who also see the great injustice of it all. Look at the DCC field, absolute CHAMPIONS battling it out to EARN the right to play on the IPT. !


Aw come on TO, they aren't all Champions. At least not in the second qualifier. I know one local guy who went there and played and he sure was not a champion. I think he won a couple games in two matches. Even I can beat him.

But just think. The players who do qualify, and who do make it to 2007 will really be the elite of the elite and can really call themselves Professional Pool Players. And being on the IPT in 2008 will really be an accomplishment.

I hear people mention a lot of players who didn't make it and I personally don't think they would make the cut anyway. Although good, I doubt that they would be in the top 100 at the end of this year. Yes, they may be better than most of the bottom 50, but, so what? The bottom 50 will have a lot of fun, probably make around 20-25 thousand and have a great experience to remember but they will never be on the tour after this year.

This year they are building the foundation. Next year the cream comes to the top. And along with it the money.

Jake

Colin Colenso
02-09-2006, 11:08 PM
Looking at the figures I have scribbled on my note pad: If the take from the entry fee of the qualifiers is 3 million, 10% of that is 300,000. Divided up among 150 players is 2k each, not 20k each. Or am I missing something? Still, a very nice Christmas bonus.

oops...may calculator broke :o ..:p

Colin Colenso
02-09-2006, 11:41 PM
I’ve just returned to my PC from the pool hall. I now understand that the IPT members will indeed get a share of the entry fees from all the players that where unlucky enough not to be picked - now I can see why non of the IPTers came out and criticized the extremely high entries! :rolleyes:

I also came back to a few comments from other players who also see the great injustice of it all. Look at the DCC field, absolute CHAMPIONS battling it out to EARN the right to play on the IPT. OK, so maybe they applied late or got unlucky or didn’t apply at all, but then:

WACK! They are hit with $10,000+ expenses to play in the qualifiers, then wait...

KABOOM! A share of their entry fees go to the IPT players that got a free ride!

I agree Colin it’s a great idea...if your name is on the list! and of course 20k buys you an awful lot of loyalty!:rolleyes: I can only imagine what the IPT members of this forum would be saying if they had to go through what the likes of Foldes etc have to go through, I suspect their opinions about the IPT wouldn't be quite as glowing!

The IPT have done amazing things and I sure hope they succeed, but this can't hide the great injustice of the way they selected the first 150.

The sooner we separate the wheat from the chaff the better, role on 2007!

If they wanted to maximize revenues, my guess is that they would get more by lowering the prices. A bit like the laffer curve (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/laffercurve.asp) effect.

As was pointed out I made a calulation error. The IPT 2006 players may probably get around 2k out of commissions.

I certainly hope good players who didn't get selected don't resent those who were fortunate enough to do so, but I guess jealously / envy is a part of human nature. I certainly empathize for those who have great talent and could lose out financially on this, but there's little that can be done about it.

TheOne
02-10-2006, 03:21 AM
If they wanted to maximize revenues, my guess is that they would get more by lowering the prices. A bit like the laffer curve (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/laffercurve.asp) effect.

As was pointed out I made a calulation error. The IPT 2006 players may probably get around 2k out of commissions.

I certainly hope good players who didn't get selected don't resent those who were fortunate enough to do so, but I guess jealously / envy is a part of human nature. I certainly empathize for those who have great talent and could lose out financially on this, but there's little that can be done about it.

I think are a few players that may feel some envy, that seems to be human nature when they see things that are so unfair. Personally I feel for them, any of the players that had dedicated their lives to pool for little reward and didn't get selected while others who have done little in pool got the nod.

It was obvious to all when KT released the list that he had mad a few mistakes. I'm sure it became obvious to KT when he got a flood of CV's from great players towards the end of the deadline and he realised he didn't have enough spots left!

I agree with everyone that the 150 have been selected now and we can't change that. But IMO making the unfortunate pay $2k entry and then splitting that money with the players that got a free ride was a big mistake . I also don't agree that nothing can be done about it, we've had 2 qualifiers out of a possible 75+, things can be changed, he CAN be seen to
be fair to the players that missed out.