For Pinburgh, yes. That would be madness. For PAPA, no. We don’t participate because there’s an appearance of impropriety. WE know it’s on the up-and-up, we hope YOU know it’s on the up-and-up, but to a casual observer, or someone new to competitive pinball, having the organizer of a large event win that event can look shady. Like others have said, shenanigans abound and there are some… let’s say “less than reputable” tournament directors out there.
This pisses me off so much. The ruling is the ruling, you giant baby.
I think the criticisms in this thread have been entirely fair. He’s a novice director with a nebulous idea for a high stakes tournament where the format has not been fleshed out. Since he’s kind of new to all of this he’s being urged to bring on a co-TD, and to not play in his own tournament when the money is this big, and the reasons why are then listed out to some degree the collective can supply, with some examples. There’s nothing that’s going to beat experience on this.
You appear to be upset that no one has told you of bad actors in your area. Maybe you don’t have any? That would be a good thing. We did have some here in Pittsburgh, but we seem to have weeded them all out.
Pinburgh costs $120 to enter and pays $15,000 to first place.
Several people in Pittsburgh have kicked around the idea of running “some form” of a smaller high-stakes tournament like you suggest, but no one has yet. I think they keep running in to the enthusiasm gap you’re seeing. It’s a shame, because I think it may be neat to see.
I would really urge you to flesh out your tournament details first, though. Decide exactly what format you want to use, who is going to help you run it, where you’re going to run it, which rule set you’re going to use, what you’re going to do in case of a game going down, etc. etc… The more confidence people have in the fairness of the tournament the more likely they are to sign up, and the better experience everyone will have, win or lose.