Most of these guys spend an incredible amount of money on their display booths. Many are corporate sponsored. I heard that some contestants spent as much as $40,000 on their booths for the MIM comp. last month.
I don't know if they have a Patio Poker division in all MIM sanctioned events but they do at the big event. The Patio Porkers are usually new to the circuit and don't have to wine and dine the judges nor are they judged on their booths. I would compete in this division the first year and see if MIM events are to your liking.