I'm not forgetting anything. The numbers I posted are from info stated in the original post, which says nothing about the field in the final event being 128. All it says is the qualifiers should generate $200,000. Anyway, if you want to play in a tournament where the strong half of the field (the half that will likely win almost all of the $200,000) generates $64K of it and the weak half of the field generates $136,000, you have to be paying just for the experience (or you're part of the strong half). That's ok, that experience appeals to many better players and it could only cost them $150 for a 1 in 32 chance at a trip and an opportunity to play a couple of pros. Like I said, it's the experience that's being sold. That's all I sell too, I don't sell payouts (and I'm one of the ones that pays out six figures annually). If you don't understand the success of the APA, that's it right there. We provide an experience that a large market is willing to pay for, with no expectation of making money. It's not about pyramid handicap schemes or any nonsense like that, it's about making your product appeal to the average Joe, who just wants to have fun and doesn't care about payouts. That's our market.Not to nitpick but your numbers are a little off. You're forgetting that 64 Pros are supposed to put up 1K each to get in the 128 player field. Also 600.00 is gone to the venue and TD. That comes out of the 4800. Or in the Texas event it came out of 1650 because there were only 15 entries.
Some of the people we attract get good, good enough that payouts become a bigger part of the attraction for them. That's where the other leagues come in. They provide that experience. This experience is right above that, and should appeal to those who want to play the pros and perhaps some day become one of them. To really grow the sport, you need all of the experiences. The different leagues are not competitors, at least not with APA. They do all have to be self-sustaining to survive, and the mechanism by which one system feeds the next needs to be fixed. Right now it's broken because the different entities see themselves as competitors - that needs to change. You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. The other thing that needs to change is the direction of support. MLB supports little league baseball, not the other way around. The NFL supports Pop Warner and high school football, not the other way around. In that respect, there is another market below APA, which is where the APA support should be. That is those who want the pool playing experience, but aren't willing/able to pay for it.
Those are leagues run by parent volunteers that involve no payout at all, just a playing and competitive experience.
Didn't mean to hijack the thread. An event like this is a necessary part of the chain, so I hope it succeeds. It just needs to be clear about the experience it is trying to provide, and up front about its plans to become self-sustaining.