I'm not going to spend a thousand dollars to pay for hotel room and airfare to play in a pump-and-dump. Ever. The move to push away from consistency in favor of bigger pots from people that don't know when to stop and give up is just a fail in my eyes.
*Edit* Also, this is the exact problem with removing too much pressure from competition. It's one thing to say "This tournament is play all weekend through qualifying for one price." versus "This tournament is unlimited ATTEMPTS on single games." People need to learn when to stop, as well as when to play. If you're trying to compete leagues above your actual skill level, you're NOT going to have fun, and I don't know about everyone else, but the only thing worse than getting my ass kicked is getting my ass kicked and losing a ton of money in the process. Herb feeds off the same emotional responses that say, a slot machine does.... "Oh, if I can play just one more game, I might have that monster game and sneak in!" No....statistically...you WON'T. But that's what every tournament director that runs pump-and-dump wants you to think. And that irritates the hell out of me. If you want an inclusive, friendly tournament, don't put yourself in the position of trying to compete in a world-class high stakes thing like PAPA. Go play something like Pinburgh, where you are guaranteed X amount of play for your money, and if you lose? You still probably had a LOT of value and fun in it, versus just being pissed off that some other player walked out with all your money after you tanked 35 games on Creech.