Originally Posted by DavidSauls
Not quite right. The high entry fees are needed to have a richer payout. You could pay out half the field, regardless of the amount of entry. But payouts are definitely the tail that wags the entry fee dog.
It's hard to measure how many people declined to ever start playing tournaments because of the amount of entries, against how many continued playing tournaments because they won something.
Certainly places where tournaments fill weren't always so, and got there under this system.
Well, if the entry fee only covered the cost of organizing the tournament, there wouldn't be anything left for the payout, would there?
But I do see your point, and while the current system is not quite to my preference, I can see why many people prefer it. And it's always hard to change the status quo.