I'm not surprised that Portland is probably going to sell out first since they are the host region this year. But I wonder how many people are sending there because they were the first region done last year and had scoresheets sent out within a day or so. Mine are going to Philly this year...had good luck with that area in the past.
I considered sending there, just because of how well they handled the competition last year. Ended up going with Pittsburgh because Pitt and Philly seemed like a coin flip
That would be Peter Twigg, Mark Emiley, Tim Hayner and a whole host of other WAHA folks. (I was the Judge Director for 1st round last year).
We (WAHA) have our hands full with the NHC this year, so the Portland guys (such as Paul Johnson) from the Oregon Brew Crew are handling 1st round this year. Good luck to everyone!