Not really. At least it's not all that different. Read other posts here: 10k views approximate to around 10 USD (or less, according to elizabeth) and YouTube will not send you any revenue until you earn at least 100 USD anyway. It's there probably only for YT to avoid some of the nuisances with smaller channels. It likely boils down to something like 80/20 Pareto Principle: 20% of channels are responsible for 80% revenue. And the other 80% of channels? Those are likely the ones with under 10k lifetime views anyway. By the way, yes - it means that there's still a substantial number of people in this 20% of channels over 10k views that isn't eligible for their first revenue draw due to the 100 USD bar for payments. It doesn't change anything, just makes the accounting easier to deal with for Google.
Also, my 'channel' managed to get about 14k lifetime views over the last two years despite the fact my so-called content consisted of me droning about metrics and solving related problems in Polish. That's niche as hell and even I managed to get there without any self-promotion.