Quoted from stevevt:
Some players are still restricted to A after the first day regardless of their record. So I see the point (and hope it's ignored). Maybe the fact that everyone competes all together the entire first day is enough to say the whole thing is basically open.
Pinburgh is one large event held on the same set of machines that any player who enters can win, thus it receives WPPR points. At the PAPA WC, several of the divisions have restrictions that are placed upon them that prohibit a subset of players from entering. Those divisions are not open events, and so they do not receive WPPR points. The two tournaments are perfect examples of the differences between a closed and open tournament, so there's no chance of the point allocation changing (nor should it).
If you ever wonder whether a tournament is closed or open, ask yourself, "Could Keith Elwin win this event?" If the answer is yes, it is an open tournament. If the answer is no, it is not an open event, and it will not receive WPPR's.
Pinburgh? Yes, Keith could win = receives WPPR's
Division A at PAPA 17? Yes, Keith could win = receives WPPR's
Susie Buckingham's "Everyone must bring their own coal-miner's headlamp" tournament? Yes, Keith could win = receives WPPR's
Juniors, B or C Division at PAPA 17? No, Keith is not eligible = No WPPR's for you!
In order for divisions B and C to receive WPPR points, there would have to be some kind of final playoff between the champions of all three divisions, or maybe some type of open qualifying system to sort the players before the tournament. This would be a farce though and would demean both the tournament and point system. PAPA B & C divisions have been around longer than the WPPR system and are great for their intended purpose. The WPPR system is fantastic, and 5.0 will be even better, but in my humble opinion If there's some players who don't show up to the PAPA WC because ranking points aren't available for their division, I would question whether they're more interested in playing pinball or playing with numbers, because there's plenty of pinball and fun to be had for everyone.