I showed up 30 minutes early to buy my entry today and found I was alternate 139 -- WTF? My friend had arrived at 11 a.m. (one hour early) and was alternate 49. We both decided to withdraw. I didn't want to sit around for two hours, then start play with less chips than average. There are more tournament events, so why bother.
There was also a 4:00 Ladies Event that had the same problem. Because of the huge turnout at noon, there were no tables for the women, so they started with one table and were working in alternates. Blogger Jusdealem texted me that she withdrew for the same reasons mentioned above.
Seeing the attendance was greater than they expected, and that they weren't prepared, I went ahead and bought my entry for tomorrow. This one is a $135 + one rebuy for $100 -- in other words a $235 tournament. It starts at 11 a.m. instead of noon (not sure what that's all about), and I promise you there will be players showing up at noon instead of 11.
One side note: The lady who sold me my entry said I was the fourth David Smith she had sold to that day. Those fakers.