We are beginning to generate some interest from both players and sponsors. It looks like things are coming together, although it would be great to have some folks semi-commit to playing (by emailing email@example.com
and saying, "I would like to play!").
If you wanna jump in, send a note. If you know anyone who enjoys playing pool, mention it to them...have them get in touch. Logistically speaking (which I try to avoid whenever possible), it's MUCH easier to pull this together if I know how many might be / probably will come down to play.
Particularly in terms of acquiring FREEBIES for the players...drinks, food, gimmes, etc., if I can tell them, "X people have commited to playing," the sponsors are more forthcoming with more and better stuff for us.
This tournament is first and foremost a social gathering. I want everyone who comes, regardless of skill level at pool, to have a great time with lots to do, lots to drink, and lots of good folks about. Secondly, although just as important, I want the pool tournament to run smoothly so that all players enjoy their games. We're putting A LOT of effort into both of these elements, so everyone who comes will be glad they did.
At the moment, we are trying to determine whether to run it with a $500NT or $1000NT entry fee. The difference is in the amount of stuff we'll be able to provide to the players.
A smaller entry fee means that the prize pool will be smaller and more shallow, fewer free drinks, no free food, fewer freebies from local bars and restaurants, no tournament tee-shirt....
A bigger entry fee means a larger and deeper prize pool, some free drinks
for everyone, breakfast Sunday morning
at the venue for all players (a nice element given that most of us will be out in the clubs til the wee hours anyway), some free drinks at various bars
around town, a NICE tournament tee-shirt
for all players, etc....
I would greatly appreciate your input in this regard (or any other regard),
and also very much appreciate if you would help spread the word, create some buzz, commit to playing...talk to your pool playing friends.
Oh yeah...we want the girls to come out and play, too. There will be a prize for the highest finishing team with a girl, which will be distinct from the winners (1st, 2nd, etc.). So, if you show up with the 5th ranked female 9-ball player from Taiwan as your partner and take the tournament, you don't win that prize. Like I said, we're trying to spread the prizes and the fun as far as we can.
Each player will recieve the PLAYER PACKAGE at the time of the draw, which will include coupons for the free drinks, discounts at pubs, clubs and restaurants about town, discount table time at the venue (for non-tournament play...match play is free), the t-shirt (if we can manage that)...a whole buncha cool stuff. More or less, depending on the general consensus of the interested players.
$500 - pool and no free drinks
$1000 - pool, free drinks, free food, tee-shirt. It really IS a good deal.
So. That's it for now. I'm looking to hear back from anyone who's even slightly interested so we can put together a mailing list. Hope to hear from lots of you soon.