I bowl ABT every month. I'll lay it all out for you as best as I can:
My entry fee is $54/tournament. That includes all progressive pots that mean anything (20/30/40 clean, 305 game, 5% progressive win pot).
Four (4) initial games, (3) semi-finals, step-ladder finals.
Patterns are usually on the medium to very difficult side. A typical THS shot will not do here. Most of the time the patterns are long, flat, and pretty oily. I bring my heavy arsenal with me for all these. Players who live on "the big hook" will not be able to make that work on most of these patterns.
In terms of competitive nature of the league, it's pretty decent. You'll see some good bowlers, some average bowlers, and some not so good bowlers. You really have to just bowl against yourself since it's all on handicap. For example:
My tourney average is 179, so I have a 31 pin handicap. Throughout a 4 game set, I'd say the average cut for the classic division is anywhere between +60 to +110 (like last weeks tourney).
In saying that, I have to average about 184 per game to hit a +60 mark.
If you manage to make it to the semis, you have three games to make the top 5 for stepladder finals. If you place 6th, you usually make around $120-$180 depending on the turnout.
One thing to note: A lot of people will bowl ALL three sessions, and pay $150 or more in buy-ins just to make it to the finals. There is a potential to easily win $2,000 if you take first and buy-in to the 20% progressive pot. If you're not interested in doing that, you're up against yourself and just one session, where other people may be bowling 12 games to hit their magic number.
Overall, I really enjoy the league. It challenges me to make good decisions and very accurate shots. There have been many times where 3-4 bad shots have cost me getting into the semis. It really makes you think about your game.
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Fall 2011 Stats
Sport AVG: 179.00
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