I’m not a TD per-se, but I don’t think many in the Maryland scene are on here so I’ll speak for them. We have a bit of a split here, some events take a dollar from the prize pool, some collect an extra dollar from signups. I haven’t heard of much grumbling either way.
Initially, one rather large club opted to continue doing weekly events but not sanction with the IFPA (see below). A lot of their players complained about this, and they have since started sanctioning again. I think a goodly portion of their playerbase really doesn’t play anywhere else and was missing the WPPR opportunities. In fact, a second weekly at the same location has sprung up. Different TD/group, basically same playerbase, so attitude towards the dollar is either neutral or well-received.
Our FSPA leagues have continued without disruption, paying the dollar per player from the league coffers, not increasing dues.
Not yet. I think as we get closer to the end of the year we’ll get more excitement. It’s common for players in this area to qualify in more than one state (generally, MD and/or DC and/or VA) so it will be very interesting to see what the final prize pools are and if that affects state choice.
Continuing from above, the club that initially was resistant didn’t want to provide the majority of the funds for MD from their weeklies, among other reasons. I think that concern has mostly gone away, since a great many participants from that club are likely to qualify for MD on volume. There’s always the chance that the pool will get big enough to draw some out-of-staters looking for a snipe, but we won’t really know that until it happens.