View Full Version : "Invitation Only" Tournaments

02-26-2005, 08:10 PM
Pool tournaments where only players who get an invitation to play sounds like an interesting idea. I suppose they could be good or bad depending on your point of view.

Are these types of tournaments common?

What is the criteria usually for inviting a player?

What is the criteria for not inviting a player?

02-26-2005, 08:29 PM
I use to run 'invitation' only tournaments.
Most of these tournaments were 'unusual' formats or games.

14.1 tournament, round robin, 16 players only, two groups of 8 players, points total only (balls made) for determining payouts. I usually paid 50% of the field, $50 buyin.

Two shot, roll out 9 ball, race to 5, payouts based on total games won. 16 players only, I posted a list of about 25 or so players and offered entries to the first 16 players that gave me the entry fee of $50.

The invitation list was determined by similar skill level. Almost all of the players were capable of winning.

I always had a full field and the tournaments were enjoyed by all.

When I was running these tournaments, I also played in them. They happened about 3 or 4 times a year.

When I announced a tournament, I just posted the dates, formats, games, and the list of players eligible. Most of the players were 'regulars' that had been beating up on each other for years and now had some 'bragging rights' to compete for.