My expectations for this are similar to that first IFPA World Championship we ran back in 2008. We'll go as far down the list as possible to fill those 40 spots, and if that takes going down 100 . . . 200 . . . 300 spots, I think at some point we'll be able to fill the field. My mom is personally excited about the short drive to the final if she makes the cut
There were definitely talks about trying to use the Circuit Final to pump up a 'new' marquee event. The initial plan was to do it in Vegas and tie Circuit and Nationals to Pin-Masters. With the PAPA staff help we could double the number of tee times available for Pin-Masters and really blow that up.
Ultimately with Stern getting involved, staying in Chicago with them spearheading the logistics of the event location became part of the deal. I anticipate with the experience of the PAPA and IFPA staff both in the same area at the same time, we'll figure SOMETHING out.
I've had the thought of doing the "World Series of Pinball" for a few years . . . a giant 4-player match player strike style tournament where every player gets 27 outs (strikes). 1st place gets you 0 outs, 2nd place gets you 1 out, 3rd place gets 2 outs, 4th place gets you 3 outs. Play until you hit 27 outs and you're done. Last player standing wins.