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CSI Special Private Side Pool

Posted By: Albert Steg
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

In Response To: CSI Special Private Side Pool (Phil Simborg)

I think I might be one of the mid-level Open players Phil is talking about, and I'd say that getting to play in an Open Division with a lot of Giants is a plus for me. Backgammon for me is a pastime, not a financial endeavor, and I was thrilled to have an opportunity to play Akiko in the 3rd round of the recent San Antonio event. I play a great deal of backgammon locally, seeing the same several faces week in and week out, so for me tournament play outside of town is largely about getting some variety in my action.

Having said that, though, being able to play in some tournament events that are (a) populated by a somewhat more modest field and / or (b) have lower entry fees is a definite draw for me. The best example is being able to play in the Limited Jackpot events and assorted lo-entry fee events like Speed-gammon.

When it comes to 'Sweeps', if the cost is low, say the $60 mentioned for CSI, I'll get in on that whoever's playing, but if it's north of $100 in a strong field studded with giants, I'm not going to be bothering with that, and would really happily participate in Phil's 'Limited' Sweeps if available. And yes, I think it would tend to incentivize me to attend events with this sort of nod to us less elite Open players. all else being equal.

Though I doubt I'll ever be a 'Giant' of backgammon, I'm hopeful that at some point I'll be barred from the 'Limited' events. If that day comes, it will be the result of my having enjoyed some substantial tournament successes, and I hope at that point I wouldn't start begrudging other mid-level players some 'Limited' equity over the course of their weekend.

In short, I really agree with the spirit of what Phil is trying to do here, in looking to afford non-giants some more opportunities for decent-equity competition, and it's hard to see this sort of thing really 'costing' the Giants all that much.

If Giants crave more $ in the game, it would really seem that growing the game and courting more sponsorship is the better way to go.

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