Congratulations to Wu Kun Lin and to all who were successful at this event, but seriously, this format forces every player to go to battle with a cheap suit of armor. If all one has to do to beat someone is split races to four and then prevail in a shootout, then the better player's edge is way too small.
The first time I saw a spot shot tiebreaker in pool was at Darren Appleton's World Pool Series in 2017, but the races were long and the tiebreaker was only used when matches went double hill. There weren't many tiebreakers, but the few they had were exciting, as the cue ball had five different positions from which to pocket a ball on the spot and a couple of them were super-tough. Tiebreakers, more often than not, were over in five shots.
The format used at the Las Vegas 10-ball event ensured that countless matches were decided by spot shots, and that's not how matches should be decided at this level. While such a format remains a test of skill rather than luck, I'm giving a big thumbs down to this format.
I'll give CSI some credit for trying something new, but this format is terrible. I guess I'll have to ask around a bit, but I'd be hard pressed to believe that this format finds favor with either the pro players or with the fans, although it's probably a big hit with dead money players. Speaking as a fan, I'll do what I can to steer clear of attending any events utilizing this format.