I'm a Flicker wrote:How come it is that St. Louis tournaments can never attract any pros?
This is a chicken or the egg question. Pros have a different focus when playing events, especially sanctioned events. They are there for competition and payout. Things like kegs of beer, player's packs, merchandise, and CTP's aren't as attractive to them as they are to most AM players.
Much like any institution looking to make a profit, the club caters to the largest target market that will yield the greatest opportunity for revenue generation, AMs. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this strategy, but it does send a message to the pros that they are not as important.
Not that the pros are over-sensative Sally's, but they have typically been members of the club longer than most AM's (as they have come through the ranks) and paid their dues, etc. Now that they have reached "pro" status there is a certain amount level of entitlement. I think the most fair way to put this is that they would appreciate a tournament that is geared to them and their interests - competition and added cash.
By catering to the Am's there is a lot of "unnecessary" pro time wasted. They have to wait for player's meetings, slow AM's, games, prize distribution and all before they get their money and get to leave to go home. Additionally, the prizes, beer, etc usually takes money away from the payout.
We all know it is the most logical way to do things, but I think most pros wish for a tournament that is catered to their wants. In all reality, this would likely be one of the easiest tournaments to run because you don't have to take all the extra steps that you do with a traditional event.
Show up - pay - round 1 - quick break - round 2 - payout - leave
Again, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the way the club chooses to put on events, but there should be at least a couple events/year that are geared for pro players (sanctioned or not) Sanctioned events are the most logical since they affect player rating, but this thread is a good example of the fundamental problem. You have a couple more experienced players asking for a more difficult/technical layout and people are complaining about it and "tired of playing the pro's way." Sorry Greg, but nothing in St. Louis is ever done "the pros way" unless we know Nikko is coming to town and even then that's questionable.
I challenge the club/board to set some tournaments that cater specifically to the pros wants and see if they are successful. Try doing a Masters vs Open event again (there were like 40 people that showed up to the first one). Try doing a Pro-Only event and see if we get a better turnout and maybe even some spectators. I might be wrong but we'll never know if we don't even try...