Just wondering how we will receive notice that the lottery tables are up, and then when the lottery is done, when we can register for tables? Haven't seen anything clear on this and I don't know if i should be checking the site every day, or if we will be e-mailed etc.
You should be emailed. They have done so in the past, but people have missed the emails (for whatever reason - spam filter, not on the list, typo in email name?) so, it's best to check the forums. Not necessarily daily - once it's up, it'll be up for several days (usually at least a week to get everybody's schedules) and it doesn't matter when you sign up as long as it's during the open window.
After the lottery is closed, other games will be open on a first come first served basis.