expert is down to less than 100 total competitors.
When it started there was around 300 maybe more.
it's something that several people including me having been predicting.
The entry fee is 1k and the top prize is 10k. 10x.
the entry fee in veteran is 100 and the top prize is 2500. 25x
As the people have shrank it gets harder to make the cut which is the point of your post.
So people leave to other rooms.
The veteran ball reward is closer to what i think the majority of players play with normally. very few people play with the high end titlists for various reasons.
Then there is the very real risk of still getting jacked with 3 bogeys when someone forfeits on you.
Most of us don't care about risking 100cr on that bogey bug. But we do about 1000.
If they made the prize pool commensurate with the veteran and made top prize 25k I'm sure that would be enough incentive for more people to take a stab at it in expert.