I don't see the bracket you are talking about.
Just to clarify, the damage to that area is not from normal wear. I paid $2,800 for this game and another $400 to ship, I'm into this game for $3,200. I waited for literally 2+ years for a WPT to pop up local. I had a guy promise to sell me one in "2 months" back in February 2012. I passed on a nice game a month after the offer thinking I was getting his, he never sold it to me.
So, after waiting, I just blow the money and got this game. This game had a "protector" over the area, I never even thought twice about it, it looked just like a Cliffy. Last week I was playing, the "protector" was 1/2 off and it took the play field with it. The person (for lack of a better word) I bought this game from glued down some sort of tin to conceal damage, thought it was all good and never disclosed it. The game was HUO before I got it and really a very nice game.
Not to mention, right after I buy this game another WPT popped up local for a good price, and then a week later the guy who kept me waiting 2+ years offered to sell me the game.
I don't really need the space, I don't really need the money, I just want this thing gone.
Long story short, I don't think you need a protector for that area, though I don't know why someone on my game hacked it up if there wasn't damage there already. Just my opinion. I'd keep a close eye on it, and once you start to see a tinge of damage, I'd look at a small piece of mylar or something like that. Mylar in that area shouldn't affect the ball at all being so close to the drop target.
Quoted from boagman:
I can see that the game in question (the one that's for sale) has a silver bracket behind the top of the center drop target bank. I would *think* that it would prevent the wear issue being seen in the pictures.