I am happy to be going for the third year in a row!
I know it sucks to be waitlisted. I’m truly bummed for those who missed out. Good news is that there’s often lots of cancellations so I wouldn’t give up hope. And possibly an auction which might be doable for some people.
The fact that they upped the count to 1,000 participants is amazing. Really, unless they are willing and able to do a “day 1/day 2” split this is probably the highest it can go. I know WSOP ends up splitting days when expected entry > 1000 participants. I mean that’s a whole other can of worms to deal with obviously. Maybe someday it will be possible. But save your ire for the finite restrictions of time and space and number of working pinball machines in the Pittsburgh area, not the organizers.