What do you folks find important in a tournament? What would make it a make-or-break decision if you had to factor in travel costs, etc? What factors are more important than others? Some factors to consider are things like: - Overlay. What percentage of the buy-ins/entry fees are returned to the players as prize money, gifts, etc. With overlay the casino is returning more than the total amount of buy-ins to the players. - Prize distribution. Is most of the prize money locked up in first place? In the top two or top three places? Do non-advancing semifinalists get paid? - Rules. Does the format favor strong players? Are there dumb rules such as one hand in each round pays 5x on blackjacks? Can you go all-in on every hand? What percentage of the starting bankroll is the maximum bet? What is your favorite format? - Professionalism. Does the tournament staff enforce the rules tightly or loosely? Do they have a history of favoring certain players when a decision concerning the rules is made?