interrupting the Ireland trip for this post and my comment below... I'm sure I'm late to the thread, but it really motivated me for some reason - back to my Guinness/Jameson travels now..
Typical passive aggressive BS from Hoy, even when he has a legitimate point.
Because you never call a spade a spade and really say what you mean, you lump jjok in with NYRambler and Adam27x. Wonderful. Nice backpedal once everyone pointed out his wife's surgery.
How about just spelling out who you think is selling weak sauce instead of making people guess and create a huge comment thread. If I remember right, only jjok won a ToC seat via an Invitational: Rambler and Adam won theirs in the open cash tourneys. So who are you really disappointed with?
Why did people bitch about the invitational format so much? Because there were a lot of players that had regularly played BBT events that were snubbed, and some people that had basically checked out of blogger events that got in, and that didn't seem fair or equitable.
Tournament poker is about everyone starting square and getting a fair shot at the win, not a popularity contest to get that shot to begin with.
The main problem is this - FTP can't make you play for pay or put any prerequisites on the payout - like they did when I won an ME seat in '06 and was bought in directly - all they can do it credit an account 10K and hope you use it at the Rio.
Whether you made it an Invitational or a cash series wouldn't alter the chances of someone just taking the $T - because there's nothing FTP can do about it outside of just not giving away the prizes, period.
Oh, and Loretta wins the thread with actual valid points - as in, have an average blogger, instead of a serious amateur/pro, try to move 10K from FTP to Vegas in a month with no extra spending money - not just the actual withdrawal, but the tax implications and logistical issues. No surprise that the 10K gets pocketed more than not.
You don't think FTP realizes all of this and accepts it as an risk/cost of doing business and marketing? Please.
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