Older and Wiser
Fair point, but I feel that an event deemed a World Championship should not be played on loose equipment, and whether it's nine or ten ball, I feel the same. This view, at least for me, is hardly new. Here's an excerpt from my recap of Matchroom's 2021 World 9-ball championship, in which I also had a problem with the loose equipment,Why have you turned so negative lately? You used to praise the quality of play at the DCC on 4-1/2 pockets. Now those pockets are “too loose”? If anything, the tables played so slow the quality of play in my opinion was timid. Tighter pockets on ‘slick’ but slow cloth makes matches hard to watch. How many shots were struck well, that in any other event position is rewarded perfectly. But these last two 10 ball events at the Rio had come up massively short?
Your complaints about payout are unfounded. A World Champion shouldn’t be taking home a measly $60,000. It should pay out enough to sustain a person for two years. So there’s more hunger for the competition. Your whole basis for complaining is due to a small prize fund. Whatever percentage breakdown that turns out to be, you have to be realistic in understanding that it’s not about that. It’s about making the winner feel like their time is made worth it.
Negative #3: Equipment Not Befitting a World Championship
This was the biggest negative. The equipment was way too easy for players of this caliber, a point reinforced in commentary by both Boyes and Shaw. This made the elite players more vulnerable and ultimately delivered an unusually weak final eight, in which no player whose Fargo rate placed them in the world’s top 15 was present. Watching balls poorly hit going in time after time was hard to bear, and the event was cheapened by the fact that the test was not stiff enough for the world’s best pool players.
All that said, I'm fine with 4 1/2" pockets anywhere but the majors and always have been.
As for your final comment, there is no such thing as what a world champion should take home. I go back to the days when $4,000 was all you got for first place in the PPPA World 14.1 Championships. There is precedent, however, for what a world champion should get as a percentage of the purse in the event, and this number is too high for my taste. There's also loads of evidence that top heavy payouts discourage participation over time, and that's not what I want to see.
I respect your opinion and preferences, but we don't see things the same way here, and that's OK. Thanks for your input.