I’ll chime in to say that I’ve personally been unable to play (m)any RPOS events. A crazy work schedule has limited the time I have available during the week, which further makes it more important to devote my weekends to family time.
That said, I’m not sure how much time I would devote to playing these tournaments, even if that weren’t the case. Due to inflation, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of fighting my way back through stakes I’d already beaten. As with any game you play through on “easy” after already beating it, this was not a pleasant experience. Either I would breeze through outplaying my competition, or be hit with ultra-tilting suck-outs.
The one RPOS tournament I did play, I coasted to a third-place finish out of 72 players. As satisfying as it can be to place so well in a moderately large field, in a way it felt like playing hockey against a team of five-year-olds. I’d imagine many of the higher-ranked players would have a similar experience.
There’s also the question of how those lower-ranked players would react to a flood of top-ranked players jumping into the game. Would it still be fun to take a crack at the title when a bunch of elite players are dunking on them, making it hard to get even a top 50% finish, let alone a cash? Bear in mind that even the first place prize would barely cover a one or two buy-ins for most in the top 500.
All in all, if you want a game where the entire field can play together, let’s push the monthly Bust the Staff promotions. Trying to chastise high-ranked players for not jumping with both feet into a different promotion seems off to me.
N.B.: The opinions stated above are my own and are in no way meant to represent those of Replay Poker staff or management.