Thanks again for all of your help. Based on various advice we've gathered, we decided to only do side events at GP New Jersey (standard not our thing anyway). We are registered for Modern Fanatic with entrance to the main modern side events, 11:00 and 4:30 each day, will probably play some legacy too.
Few questions hoping for help with scheduling our time...
Anyone know how long / how many rounds these side tournaments are (not the 8-player ones, but the main side tournaments), thanks!?
Other question is we cannot find much written about the VIP party, what that is like, anyone gone? Is it really a staged hangout or more informal party. Thanks!
Many thanks for the detail and clarification, Xenphire, this is what I suspected. It is actually good news, because we want to play Modern (so few of them), and now we have a lot more geo-options (Standard GP with Modern side play instead). When I thought about it, the environment was probably more important than the main tournament for that first visit anyway, or at least that is how we hear it from friends who have gone. They never talk about their actual GP games, even though they did relatively well. If we didn't have to work, a week in Las Vegas sounds like the holy grail of fun.
Am trying to understand what a typical Saturday schedule looks like. The Primer gave great detail through the first match, but I understand you play 9 matches on Saturday, so that's more or less 9 hours right? How long between rounds? How does anyone find time for side activities and vendors when there is that much match play? Is there a bigger break in the middle of the day for meals? Just trying to understand better, because will not be able to arrive until very late Friday and do not want to feel rushed the whole weekend. Thanks in advance for your contributions.