I am a little late to the conversation, but I would like to add my 2 cents.
I started playing pinball in February, went to my first pinball tournament in May. I never played much pinball when I was a kid. Honestly, it was too hard. I wanted to play Mortal Kombat, sports games, ticket games, Skee-Ball. All those. Now I am an adult (in age, at least) and I don't play any video games or arcade games anymore. Now pinball comes along, and I'm hooked!
I hear about PAPA. I'm super excited. With 4 tournaments under my belt, my best finish was 21st.
I drive the 12 hours round trip, all on Thursday, to attend Thursday only. I had a wedding to go to that weekend, so I play 1 C ticket, and 3 Classics I tickets. I had a blast. In between my entries in Classic and C, I got to play so many other pins that I will never see again.
Classics I. I had a terrible first ticket (Derby Day?!?! Come on) Second ticket, I get a pretty good Alien Poker score and finish in the top 30. I know everyone was playing more than 1 ticket, but top 30 on Alien Poker beat 2 out of Josh Sharpe's 3 scores, as well as other people who usually compete in the A divisions. Sweet!
With C, there were some people in there that would crush me. Buying only 1 ticket, and totally blowing it, I got a Zero and tied for last with 20 or 30 other people.
Next year, I will be better, but still not good enough to crack the top 24. Perhaps I will play 1 C ticket, 1 B ticket, then 1 A ticket.
That sounds like a nice idea for me, and it will work for my situation. Grind for those WPPR points.
Just one opinion from a player who has no chance to crack the top 24 in any of the divisions.