Announcement time: I got the green light from Jim and Karl, so it’s GO for the (prototype) Never Drains Classics Circuit. This will be similar to the present Stern Circuit, with a wrinkle or three. All Stern Circuit events which have a Classics side event are eligible to sign on. Players will qualify via WPPRS earned over all included events. The top 40 will be invited to play in the finals the Thursday of INDISC next year.
At present, there is no per-event funding for a prize pool. If the first year is a success and players are willing to set aside funds as is now done for the regular circuit, we could go that route in the future. For now, the plan is a player entry fee tbd plus any sponsor funds we can drum up. We felt it was too short notice to do much else yet.
We are defining Classics games to be used in eligible events as ones through 1984. Events signing on should select games accordingly.
Playoff format will be a hybrid between the original stepladder and the present circuit final fornat, a bit like Expo. I’ll post the draft plan shortly.
I’m open to suggestions while this is a WIP; our goal is a bit of “PAPA-westness” and the timing of INDISC makes it a natural for a season finale venue. We’d like to create something that people will enjoy and that will last. Thanks!
Bob Matthews, TD