Rule 13.1. Forfeitures during Playoffs

If a qualifier does not appear at the time scheduled to begin the playoffs, the tournament director will allow five minutes before forfeiting the first game to the opponent. Additional forfeitures will be made every fifteen minutes until a match is completed or until a qualifier appears. In any case, nonappearing qualifiers are still entitled to receive any prize money and MRPs that would have been awarded to the losers in that round.

Rule 13.2. Playoff Brackets and Byes

Information about ACC-sanctioned tournament procedures can be obtained from any of the regional tournament commissioners. The ACC requires that the following procedures be adhered to in a sanctioned tournament (unless an exemption is granted):

a. All qualifying scorecards must be checked using a cross-checking system and tallying players' totals.

part 1 of playoff bracket

b. One in four entrants must qualify for playoffs. Any fraction is rounded up to the next whole player (e.g., a tournament with 121, 122, 123, or 124 entrants will have 31 players in the playoffs). Do not round up to the next full bracket.

c. The charts below display the only approved bracketing for playoffs. Sections with multiple columns are read as if succeeding columns appear part 2 of playoff bracket

under the first column (e.g., in the 256-player bracket, the 5-60 pairing is below the 8-57 pairing; 3-62 is below 4-61; and 7-58 is below 6-59).

d. Playoffs without a full bracket award first-round byes to the highest qualifier(s). To compute the number of byes:


Determine the number of qualifiers Rule 13.2.b.


Determine the size of the next full bracket (a power of 2: that is, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, etc.).


Subtract a from b to determine the number of byes.



bracket calculation


The second round of the playoffs must have a full bracket.

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