If you read their 'mission statement'(for lack of a better word) its pretty clear that getting lower rated players to play pro events is part of the plan. Makes dead-$$ entrants feel less 'dead-on-arrival' knowing(hoping??) that they have somewhat of a shot of winning a match. So far this isn't happening. Wow, what a surprise.JJ just confirmed what I've been saying: the format is designed to give lessor players the chance to win. I personally feel it gives them an advantage; open for debate, I know. I still question why do "dogs" have to have a chance? I'd rather see a winner break, long race event with the top 32 players in the world (with a singular ranking system; Fargo, perhaps) competing for the money on a regular basis. It seems there are companies involved with this series that can afford to pony up some decent added money so there's no real need for dead money in the field. If you think you have the nuts and can make a profit by playing, pony up the entry and play. This tour has the feeling of a local handicapped tournament where the rules have to be changed so lower level players will keep coming back to pony up their $20 entry. IMO, it's watered down pro pool.