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Did anyone catch the PBA playoffs?  The final 4, was held this past Saturday, and the championship was on Sunday.  

If so, what were your thoughts?  Did you like the venue at Bayside Bowl, and the crowd interaction?  Did you like the format, basically best of 3 games matches?

First prize was $100,000, and runner up got $40,000.  I don't know how the prize fund was divided up down the line?

Personally, I thought it was good to see bowling back on network TV.  The format was good and exciting.  I liked the idea behind it, similar to the masters, a series of matches to get down to a champion.  I'm sure seeing it in person is exciting.  As a TV viewer, I just don't know if I can get used to the crowd noise.  That was a little annoying at times.  





  
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this was the final 4:

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Loved the whole format. Hated the crowd BS. You could just tell that was all orchestrated. People just don't show up with costumes on. Especially early on. 

Would like to another similar format with a winner take all type of event. Something shorter like over a 4 week span. It would make the championship that much more exciting. I'm sure the final two would do some king of chop in the finals, but the audience wouldn't know.  
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I agree the noise was orchestrated and stupid.  I don't like the fans down the sides of the lanes.  Too easy to distract one bowler and not another.  Noise is one thing but having someone jumping around beside you lane is too much.  The guy who won bowled the best and deserved to win. 
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Pullmyfinger, by "king of chop" do you mean they split the total purse between the two 50/50? I believe they used to do that in the High Roller events, although you wouldn't know by watching it, etc. Did the same thing happen at the Hoinke when you bowled?
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Liked it but I'd rather see a whole 3rd game bowled and the crowd a lot
quieter. Someone holds signs up telling the drunken mob what to chant
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There were deals made in mega buck tourneys when first was so top loaded. Many of those guys had sponsors who had something to say about it. First one I bowled around 1984 paid 250k for first and 30k for 2nd. It eas widelybrumored that the top 2 guys had a deal of some type.
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There were deals made in mega buck tourneys when first was so top loaded. Many of those guys had sponsors who had something to say about it. First one I bowled around 1984 paid 250k for first and 30k for 2nd. It eas widelybrumored that the top 2 guys had a deal of some type.


Yep. They usually played for something, but in the end it was close to a 50/50 chop. Say first was $10K and second was $2K. They'd split the $10 and play for the $2K or something similar to that. 
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