AzB Silver Member
My only request is that PLAYERS do their part and participate in their local AMATEUR ONLY Qualifiers for $150 where the top 8 out of the 32 max players win cash that day just like any other weekly tournament, weekend tour stop or monthly event.
I have the same concerns/questions as Scrunge19 on this. How exactly are the top 8 getting paid? You say there will be money from satellite events and/or Calcuttas, but I don't see that as guarantees. And if there is little to no money coming in from these things, then I see very little incentive for someone like me who probably won't win a qualifier to pay $150 in a tournament in which I'm most likely not going to break even even if I do place in the top 4. I also don't see much of an incentive for the pool hall to hold these qualifiers if the TD and venue only get $600 total...especially if the pool hall is forced to hold satellite events in order to pay prize money to the top 8.The top 8 players win cash via money raised from preceding satellite events run locally and/or Calcutta where allowed.
I think the overriding assumption is that amateur pool players across the nation will be willing to simply pay $150 to enter these qualifiers, not because of any realistic hope of winning the qualifier and/or winning some of that money back in prize money, but simply because it will support the survival of this league. I hope you're right, but I just don't see it happening. I can imagine myself spending $30-$40 to enter a tournament with no hopes of winning my money back but knowing my money will help support a pool tour such as this. But not $150.
Good luck with your endeavor and I sincerely wish you the best.