AzB Silver Member
The UMB itself adds over 100,000 euros to each World Cup, which I think takes care of most of the prize money. There are lots of other expenses.Am I correct in thinking that CSI/Predator did not add any prize money to this tournament?
The LV World Cup is already on the calendar for 2023 and 2024. UMB and Predator have both expressed willingness to add 2025 and 2026. I applaud that, mostly because so many good players from (Pan)America have been at a disadvantage since 2003, with all World Cups taking place in Europe / Asia / Egypt. The tournament average in Vegas was low-ish, compared to other events. Many things factor into a tournament average, but I'll stick my neck out and say the tables were not top notch. And neither was the hotel/casino. Lots of room for improvement there.I didn't attend and viewed much of it c/o the Five&Six streaming.
The competition was incredible, as is expected with any top-level set of competitors. What I thought was particularly notable was the high# of participants from South America, particularly Colombia. Can't ignore the American participants either, and Pedro P. had a fine showing.
I did not find the tables were of as high a quality as the play. There were more than a couple roll-offs that were clearly discernable from my comfy couch. I expect Predator will have this resolved for future rounds, or SAM will be cast aside.
Finally, the historical preservation of the happenings: the driven folks at Five&Six didn't stop at a live stream, they are available for viewing on the you tubes and the latter rounds have seen further attention from Five&Six, in the fashion of edited matches that allow viewers to watch only the game-play., reducing the total match time by 50+%.
It is this editing and polished final product that I think positions 3c as a far marketable product than pool.
C'mon, America! This game is awesome in it's initial simplicity and it's subsequent complexities. Go play it.