Quoted from TechnicalSteam:
So people with Wealth and Entitlement - Get the Advantage.
Soon we will need sponsorships just to get a shot at playing in top 100.
First off, I love the IFPA and what they are doing. I have a lot of respect for what Josh and those guys are doing for pinball and it's exposure. Who knows where pinball would be current day without efforts like theirs. That said, the faster you forget about "playing in the top 100" the happier you will be IMHO. I used to care a lot about my ranking, but I finally realized it really doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things outside of being in the top handful of players. I can't travel to every big event and I can't play 5 events a week here locally, it just isn't in the cards for me, so years ago I stopped caring about my ranking and trying to keep up with the Joneses and had a much more pleasant time after that. There are so many players in and around the top 200 that are there mainly because they travel to numerous bigger events where finishing 65th will net you more points than finishing 1st in a more local tournament. Plus all the tournaments that artificially inflate IFPA points with ridiculous formats like 1 ball qualifying on 12 machines and/or simultaneous play to increase the number of games played and point values for events that the rankings in that range can lose meaning anyway.
Beyond your IFPA ranking, there is also a efficiency percentage ranking. This number can be more accurate for players who don't travel and play in everything, since it is calculated by the total WPPR points earned by a player divided by the total WPPR points available for 1st place at any IFPA endorsed event. Even if you can't play in everything, do well in events you do play in, and your eff percentage will be lower. I have 2 small kids now so I don't play in events anymore like I used to, minus the Stern launch parties I host when a new game comes out. Because of that my overall IFPA ranking is in the 1400's now down from my lowest days in the 200's, but my efficiency percentage has been historically around 35th and it is 17th now so I know I am playing well when I do play. In the grand scheme of things for me I've had a lot of fun. Over my entire competitive career I have played in over 160 events, won the SCS, finished 1st in better than 1 out of every 4 events I played in (including national events), had a lot of fun along the way, won a lot of money and got to play with, hang with and even beat some of the best players there are...so I'm happy no matter what my IFPA ranking is...and that's what is important to me.