Looks like they were going to end up short on entries and thus the prize pool guarantee (ie, they'd be running the tourney at a loss). So, with 90-minutes before registration cutoff, the Westgate announced a 50% discount for tournament entries to certain "VIPs" (I'm guessing VIP is code for "total amateurs"). Pros were not offered the same deal... https://www.cardplayer.com/poker-ne...-fire-for-giving-some-players-buy-in-discount HPT came out to say they were not involved in this decision - it was all Westgate's call. There's talk on 2+2 of state regulators getting involved on this one. Eek. Bad optics by the Westgate.