During the qualifying round each player plays the same numbers of games. Usually each game is against a different opponent. Two game points are awarded for a regular win, three game points for a skunk and no game points for a loss. At the end of the qualifying round the top 25% of the field makes the playoffs. Players are ranked in order of total game points to determine who qualifies (games won and point differential are used as tie-breakers). The top 50% of the qualifiers (the top 1/8th of the entire field) earn Master Points. Starting with the 2016/2017 season, the bottom 50% of the qualifiers will also earn Master Points. Main qualifiers who are in the bottom half of the qualifiers recieve 5 points while the bottom half of Consolation qualifiers receive 3 points.
If a player finishes in the top 1/8th of the field during qualifying the number of Master Points earned is determined by game points, the total number of qualifying games played, and whether the tournament is a Main event or a Consolation.
To see a particular breakdown of the Master Points select one of the following links:
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After the qualifying round is complete and the playoff field has been determined the playoff round begins.
The playoff round is usually a single elimination knockout tournament. Depending on the tournament, each round is either the best 2 out of 3 or the best 3 out of 5. Players are seeded and paired against one another based on how they qualify. Everyone who qualifies for the playoffs earns additonal Master Points based on which round of play they advance to and whether the tournament is a Main event or a Consolation.
Below is a table displaying how many Master Points are earned for each round. For example, losing in the 2nd Round of the Main Tournament earns 21 Master Points.
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