Quoted from epotech:
No, most you pay an entry, play on your selection of (say 6) games and that's it for qually, the top 32 or so go through. One entry, one attempt.
If you want to spend $1000 at PAPA you can but that'll only qualify you, you'd better step up after that!
Euro and US tournaments are run differently in this regard. Most "big" US tournaments have an unlimited qualifier. You can buy as many entries as you want during the qualifying period. If you can qualify on a single entry, more power to you. Likewise, if it takes tons of entries for a player to qualify, it's likely he won't last long in the finals.
The point of all this is mainly to seed the pot since pinball doesn't typically get a lot of outside sponsorship money. Most of the local players in my area don't like it and prefer the one-entry-one-shot style of tournament. I like both styles, but due to the cost, I don't play in open qualifier formats very often. Maybe a couple times a year at most.