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Feb 20th, 2002, 10:15 AM
I've decided to post again all the Tennis Poker rules as it's almost impossible to read the original thread without the html codes.

The only change I'm going to made for the second leg is about the draw size for the problems I've already mentioned. :)

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:16 AM

:) You choose the five tennis players who will represent your hand of five cards.

:) The card values will be decided by the results of your players in the WTA Tour singles tournaments, according to this scoring system:

Draws of 128
Result / Score
Win / A
Final / K
Semifinal / Q - J
Quarterfinal / 10 - 9
4th round / 8 - 7
3rd round / 6 - 5
2nd round / 4 - 3
1st round / 2

Draws of 64
Result / Score
Win / A
Final / K
Semifinal / Q - J
Quarterfinal / 10 - 7
3rd round / 6 - 5
2nd round / 4 - 3
1st round / 2

Draws of 32
Result / Score
Win / A
Final / K
Semifinal / Q - J
Quarterfinal / 10 - 7
2nd round / 6 - 3
1st round / 2

:) Different values are given to players losing in the same round according to their position in the draw: playing with or near a higher seed means a higher value.

:) Each tournament will be considered to represent one of the different suits of the cards.

:) The rounds of Tennis Poker generally last more than a week; if any tennis player competes in more than one tournament, just her best result will count for this game.

:) The poster with the best combination according to traditional poker rules, wins. Hands are ranked as follows, from high to low:

1 - Straight Flush: five cards in order, all of the same suit.
2 - Four of a Kind: four cards of the same rank.
3 - Full House: a three of a kind and a pair.
4 - Flush: a hand where all the cards are of the same suit.
5 - Straight: five cards in order.
6 - Three of a Kind: three cards of the same rank.
7 - Two Pair: two distinct pairs.
8 - Pair: two cards with the same value.
9 - Highest Card: if there isnít any combination, then just the highest card is considered.

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:18 AM
You can choose any combination of five tennis players without any limitation about their ranking. The rules about the player outside the top 20 and the maximum of three top 10 players have been cancelled. You can even pick the top 5 in the rankings, but considering a Tier V victory counts as a GS title, you donít need to have big names in your team to score a good combination. My suggestion is to exploit more the lower tier tournaments. ;)

You will be allowed to change your picks before each leg starts. Threads will be posted one or two weeks before the ongoing leg is over in order to let you make your choices. Of course, if you donít make any substitution, the combination you had in the previous round will be brought to the following tournament without changes. Remember to check out the commitments to be sure all your players will regularly play in the following weeks.

The 2002 Tennis Poker season will include 8 rounds:

December 31st - February 10th
Gold Coast, Auckland, Sydney, Hobart, Canberra, the Australian Open, Tokyo, Paris.

February 11th - March 17th
Antwerp, Doha, Dubai, Memphis, Bogotŗ, Scottsdale, Acapulco, Indian Wells.

March 18th - April 28th
Key Biscayne, Porto, Sarasota, Amelia Island, Estoril, Charleston, Budapest.

April 29th - June 9th
Hamburg, Bol, Berlin, Warsaw, Rome, Strasbourg, Madrid, the French Open.

June 10th - July 14th
Birmingham, Vienna, Tashkent, Eastbourne, ĎsHertogenbosch, Wimbledon, Palermo, Casablanca.

July 15th - September 8th
Stanford, Sopot, San Diego, Basel, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Montreal, New Haven, the US Open.

September 9th - October 6th
Bahia, Big Island, Tokyo, Quebec City, Leipzig, Bali, Moscow, Tokyo.

October 7th - end of the season
Filderstadt, Aarhus, Shanghai, Zurich, Bratislava, Linz, Luxembourg, Munich, Surabaya, Pattaya.

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:20 AM
Each Tennis Poker tournament will start and finish within the same leg. Only one round per leg made the tournaments to last so much that the first round losers had to wait months for playing again. So, the same legís combination will be used to decide the winner round by round for all the matches, and of course the poster with the best result will win the tournament. A qualifying round may be needed to fit the posters in the draw. Of course, the ranking will be considered to decide the seeds, while the remaining spots will be assigned to the ones who scored the best results. Considering the combination to decide the round results will be the same, there will may be very dangerous qualifiers floating in the main draw. ;)

From the second leg, the singles main draws will include 48 players:
32 direct entries + 8 qualifiers + 8 wild cards
The wild cards will be given to the players with the best results in the previous tournament.
All the players who canít enter the main draw will play the qualifying round. There wonít be any match, all the combinations will be ranked and the best 8 will make it to the main draw.
Qualifiers will receive a bonus of 25 pts.

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:22 AM
In the last two years, Iíve tried a few different types of ranking. The first attempt was based on the best of the last three combinations, while the last one was not far from the WTA Tour ranking except for the quality points. In the next season youíll be given a certain amount of points based on how good your combination is (the performance score) and youíll have another score which considers how far you go in the tournaments and gives a bonus for those who are able to beat a poster who is ranked higher.

For each match you win in a tournament, you collect 50 pts.

If you beat any opponent who is ranked higher than you, you are given a bonus of other 50 pts.

Qualifiers will receive a bonus of 25 pts.

The performance score is calculated summing up the values of the five cards and multiplicating for a factor according to the poker combination youíve scored.

Card values
Ace - 14
King - 13
Queen - 12
Jack - 11
10 - 10
9 - 9
and so on...

Combination factors
30 - Straight Flush
15 - Four of a Kind
10 - Full House
7 - Flush
5 - Straight
4 - Three of a Kind
3 - Two Pairs
2 - Pair
1 - No combination

Examples. :)

No combination
A / K / 10 / 8 / 5
(14 + 13 + 10 + 8 + 5) x 1 = 50

Q / Q / 4 / 3 / 2
(12 + 12 + 4 + 3 + 2) x 2 = 66

Two pairs
10 / 10 / 5 / 5 / 2
(10 + 10 + 5 + 5 + 2) x 3 = 96

Three of a kind
A / A / A / 10 / 8
(14 + 14 + 14 + 10 + 8) x 4 = 240

Straight flush
A / K / Q / J / 10
(14 + 13 + 12 + 11 + 10) x 30 = 1800

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:23 AM
Injuries and withdrawals have deeply affected the game. Though each leg lasts at least three or four weeks, it has become more and more frequent for the players to be out of the game for a month or more. In the first nine months of the year, Kournikova didnít play five times out of nine legs; Serena Williams four times; Davenport three times; Seles and Mauresmo twice; Capriati, Venus Williams, Clijsters, Henin and Dokic once. The only top 10 player who could get a score in each of the first nine rounds was Hingis, who injured herself in the 10th.
So, I think itís a good idea to have a couple of players sitting on the bench and ready to enter play if they are needed. At the beginning of the tournament each poster will be assigned by random two tennis players among the highest ranked ones who havenít been included in any team. These spare cards will substitute the players in the team who donít get a value during the leg. But if the hand of five is complete, they wonít be considered even if they have a better value than the effective players. The spare cards may be used to resolve ties too.

A joker is a card which can be given any value and may help you to score better combinations. Iíll use @ as symbol for a joker. In each tournament, the player who loses in the first round to the eventual winner will be the joker and will assume the value which gives you the best possible result according to the other cards in your hand. As the tennis tournaments progress, it will be very interesting to see which players will be eligible round after round.

Feb 20th, 2002, 10:24 AM
If you have any doubt, feel free to ask any question, I'll be very happy to answer. :)

Thank you, good luck! :wavey:

Feb 20th, 2002, 12:09 PM
Thanks Doc, It's always good to refresh our minds with the rules.

I think this ranking system works a lot better then the previous ones.

Thanks again :)

-Rachel :wavey:

Feb 20th, 2002, 12:27 PM
Hi Rachel! :wavey:
I think so, it seems to be fair this way. :)
No matter what, I'll keep it like it is for this season; maybe some slight adjustments for tournament points or combination factors, we'll see how things go through the season. :)
Thank you, good luck! :bounce:

May 30th, 2002, 09:03 AM
Thank you DoctorG for sending me the Tennis Poker Rules link!

I'm pretty sure you know who introduced me to this website and game - since, of course, he is a member of WTAworld.com - please let me thank him with a special "ciao".

Taking this chance to sincerely wish a good game to everybody who, such as me, will join the Tennis Poker soon, and to all other players. Just tell them that I wish to be a friendly playmate more than a real competitor. I think this is for everyone who plays the game.

Bye for now, tetetubby!:rolleyes:

Jun 10th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Ciao Tete! :hearts:

I'm pretty sure you know who introduced me to this website and game - since, of course, he is a member of WTAworld.com - please let me thank him with a special "ciao".

I know him VERY well indeed. :rolleyes:

Just tell them that I wish to be a friendly playmate more than a real competitor.

They will discover even too soon that actually you have a very competitive nature. :angel:

Have fun with the upcoming tournaments, thank you, good luck! :wavey:

Sep 5th, 2002, 02:23 PM
Just bumping up, newbies may find this thread very useful. :)