I am and we played at SCR 2011 in pools. Hah.
Didn’t know about the prize matching, that’s pretty solid of you guys to do.
For a first time run event it was surprisingly well run. Started mostly on time, casuals were up, matches were run quickly. Kudos guys.
Free Casuals or a Ladder/Danisen system with 4-5 dollar mandatory food buy is a solid way to get participation up and the venue to want to keep hosting.
If you want bigger/more competitive tournament turn out you’re going to have to raise the entry fee with at least 5 dollars going to the pot per person. Maybe just giving the venue a flat fee instead of forcing a % to go towards food would be an option? I assume people would still buy stuff if they were there. If it was like 5 to the pot, 3 to the venue last weekend I still would have ended up buying a drink.
Just my 2 cents.