THE TENNIS POKER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!
The 2nd edition of the Tennis Poker World Championships will start on December 1st.
In the singles event, only the top 16 at the end of the 2003 season and 4 wild cards will be able to enter the competition. The 20 contestants will be divided into 4 groups of 5, and top 2 form each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. In the doubles tournament there will be 10 spots: top 8 and 2 wild cards, divided into 2 groups of 5: top 2 from each group will advance to the semis.
As weíll be during the off-season, the values of the tennis players will be given by their average performances throughout the 2003 Tennis Poker 8 legs. You may remember last yearís editon, won by Paul, or the 2001 Christmas Special Exhibition, won by Tim Wilson.
The average will consider ALL the 8 legs: if a player didnít compete, we will use the spare card value.
You are allowed to change your picks in this thread before the championships start.
Itís time to see who was able to qualify for the Tennis Poker YEC!
In singles, the 16th poster scored 2021 points. So, all the ones who had already gained more after the 7th leg are surely in: Petosp, Brian Stewart, CanIGetaWhat, Valda Lake, ManuelanMaggieLover, Carot, Tetetubby and Rocketta.
Now, letís consider the four wild cards. The first three will be given to the three posters who won a medal in last yearís World Championships: Paul, Tia Clara and Josh
. Itís quite common for the defending World Champion to be admitted automatically, and Iíve decided to extend the privilege to the silver and bronze medallists as they finished at #17 and #18 in the Race. Thereís also a leg winner who finished outside of the top 16: the last wild card goes to Dawn Maree
, who won the first tournament of the 2003 season and is at #22.
There are still 8 empty spots out of 20: they will be announced next week.
Let me say that, considering the Race after the 7th leg, there were only two changes in the top 16.
In the doubles event, no big surprises: the first 8 pairs havenít changed at all in the last few legs, and the two wild cards go to the pairs who won a leg but didnít make it into the top 8.
See you on Monday for the complete entry list!