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New standard method for resolving 3-way ties on the ABT

Posted By: Rich Munitz
Date: Monday, 18 June 2018, at 6:26 p.m.

In Response To: New standard method for resolving 3-way ties on the ABT (Bill Finneran)

Technically, this method was used at the Chicago Open a few weeks ago because this new policy has been applied retroactively to the 3-way tie that occurred there for purposes of ABT point distribution. It turns out that the player receiving the bye also won their match, so the temporal order of play matched the order recorded on the bracket.

I agree that this is weird - which is probably why nobody had thought of it before. But it has nothing to do with fairness; it has everything to do with volatility. Randomly giving one player a bye straight into the finals at the start of a tournament is fair because every player has an equal shot of getting the monster bye. What doing that kind of thing is, however is volatile. And we don't want extreme volatility from random draws on the ABT. Large numbers of ABT points should not be handed out to a single player who just happened to get a lucky draw. The points should be earned through play to the extent reasonably possible. Attempting to equitably divide ABT points via the conventional equitable bye method used for the prize pool would have the undesirable side effect that if a non-bye player wins the tournament, they would get an abnormally large number of ABT points relative to the tournament's size, putting it out of the mainstream for comparable tournaments. That is not acceptable either; it is simply another form of large volatility that impacts the ABT race itself.

No solution is perfect, but we believed that this solution does the best to address all concerns.

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