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17 Jun 2014

Group Tables

We have clarified and updated the Group Tables.  The columns and calculations have been modified to makes things clearer. For examples, use the two World Championship Group Tables because these cover both formats. See here for the long format and here for the short format.

There are two areas (group and draw positions) and two formats (timed and frame-based) which all conspire to complicate it. Therefore I’ll cover them in detail below.

Group Positions

The criteria for calculating your position within the group are :-

TIME-based tournament (or long-up)

  1. Match Wins
  2. Head-to-head
  3. Average points difference
  4. Seed at start of tournament
  5. Coin toss

FRAME-based tournament (eg. 150-up)

  1. Match Wins
  2. Head-to-head
  3. Average frames (not points) difference
  4. Percentage of frames won on total played
  5. Seed at start of tournament
  6. Coin toss

Draw Positions

The criteria for calculating your position in the last-32 (or last-16) after the group stage has completed are :-

TIME-based

  1. Group Position (eg. 1, 2,..)
  2. Percentage of MATCHES won
  3. Average points difference
  4. Seed at start of tournament
  5. Coin toss

FRAME-based

  1. Group Position (eg. 1, 2,..)
  2. Percentage of MATCHES won
  3. Percentage of FRAMES won on total played
  4. Average POINTS difference (across all frames played)
  5. Seed at start of tournament
  6. Coin toss

When a head-to-head ordering has been applied, the Wins value will show with a ‘+’ or a ‘-‘. For example, see Group J here.

From a scan of past data using the above criteria, the coin toss and seed at start of tournament criteria have never been necessary. Nevertheless we do need these specified so that there is no ambiguity.

The long-up (or timed) format has never been a problem – it’s the 150-up which has caused us bother as many of you will know from this year’s World Championship. Having six players with a 100% record at group stage required a drill-down to points performance in each frame. This required quite a lot of manual calculation, however now it is all automatic.

If anyone spots an error or anomaly then please contact me via the Contact Us page on the main website.

Jim