Below quote is from my Winstar tournament post. The point I'm trying to make is no matter how good an event sounds it is important that a tournament has a good format and rules for having success. As I've mentioned in the past Skill vs. Luck has a lot to do with tournament success and the format and rules has even more to do with how much skill and luck there is. A weak format and rules can change the luck factor to an even higher level. The Winstar event is a perfect example; look at how many ploppies have advanced to the finals over quality players. Not only can it increase the luck factor but also it can end up killing the events turnout and prize pool. I guarantee if Winstar would have had a maximum bet and offered surrender players from around the world would have come in to play the "Split" last year. They didn't come close to selling out one of the five qualifiers they hosted for the "Split". After all how many players want to travel for a coin toss? Now Winstar is a little different from most casinos, they actually payout what they offer, even when only half of the players showed up they expected last year Winstar still paid the full amount for every qualifier and their final event so they could get away with not as player friendly rules. If other casinos would offer guarantee prize money (regardless of the numbers of players) plus offer a good format and rules where players felt they had a fighting chance to succeed I’m sure these events would be drawing in a lot more players. Now before someone replies back about the LV Hilton hosting 600 plus players in their BJ tournament, I am talking about tournaments with paid entries, not “Freebies” or “VIP” events, although several of those could be improved themselves. I wish some upper casino management would realize that hosting events with better formats and rules would actually increase player turnout for their events in return increasing the prize money for even higher turnouts in later events instead of trying to cater to just their high rollers and regulars they could draw 300 plus entries instead 75 – 125. Even their VIP events could use a shot in the arm. By just opening their tournaments they could easily increase their turnouts by about double and by doing so increase their payouts, which would be more attractive to draw in their preferred guest.