So, the PTCs…..while I’m here I might aswell give you my opinion on the format. I’ve never known it to be so tough to turn pro just by looking at the layout of the tournament. You play minimum 2 pre-lims against amateurs before you get a shot at a pro, who your playing to earn the money you’ve already spent on entry fee, accommodation etc, and earn enough ranking points to join those same pro’s on the professional circuit……I understand where Big Bazza is coming from trying to encourage a lot more talent into the game but I do feel sometimes that the game is tough enough without trying to battle money troubles at the same time. If you are good enough you will make it and I totally agree with that. If you get up there the money is to be had, I also agree with that, however when your paying the same amount of entry fee as the world no.1 and your match isn’t getting refereed then where is the equality in that?! Yes they are professionals and us mere non-professionals but come on ‘H’ lad give us a break!!
and i do agree what he said its bloody tough winning 3 or even 4 matches just to make any progress BUT Barry Hearn's Priority is to the Main Tour Players thats why it was set up so they get playing opportunities adding Amateurs is a Bonus For Them and they can or not enter its their decision.
my personal thought is Barry Should Embrace The PTC More and Give Amateurs More Chances ie TOP 8 Amateurs Getting a place on Tour as well as the Top 8 Amateurs and Pros not in the top 64 in the end of season Rankings.
But Also Give Chances to Amateur Players without paying Entry Fee for Main Rankers Based on their position on the Order Of Merit just before Qualifiers for Ranking events start. so there are more preliminary matches on the day before the last 96.
The PTC was set up for Professional Players NOT Amateurs BUT should that change ?
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