I have finally compiled my experience of this whole event here -
Nice write up!
My son had a very good time playing with your son in the skittles room.
Oh thank you. Ahyan was always excited about your son too like a buddy. They have had such a nice time throughout this whole event!
They really need to get rid of that high-stakes bullshit and just vary the entrance fee such as 100, 250, 500, 1000 ($). This is chess and not some kind of spectator sport, even the wcc there are not millions of people watching it on TV for 5+ hours straight although I would certainly like to do that if I got time to spare! Can't wait for the wcc though but I am not sure if MC will be held again next year. I hope so because more chess --> more theory and strategies. If it happens then I really hope they get better commentators, fix their website (just look at chess24 for example) because that was a disaster that you couldn't even follow the games.
I hope they keep IM Lawrence Trent. He was a hoot, and his analysis seemed just fine to this C player. And I assume that's the audience that they are shooting for, chess fans of average or lower strength.
Another great write-up here: