Wow, There is way to much to read but I will put what I think about pay out in regards to the RBT since that is the question.
I think 1:3 ratio is to much with Gar. $1500 to $2000 on top. I think 1:4 would allow you to pay more for 2-8 spots. I have made all but one cut of the RBT since I have been here with a 3rd finish with not much to show for it. Most of the money I have made in the RBT is off of brackets. Yes, I bowl every tournament to win but I am doing this for a living now. I have to go to the place that I have the best chance of making money for the weekend not the one that pays the highest. It is so hard to win tournaments with the formats now, elimination and brackets finals are tough. The best bowler that day usually doesnt win, the person with the best luck one game does.
That is my littler ole opinion.....