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These teams are competing to avoid relegation, with the bottom team automatically relegated and the second-from-bottom team forced to play a mini-league with the second- and third-place teams from the second level for a place in the top league. Zackey made Day 8 with a decent stack and found some early success but fizzled out from there and lost a race to Ian Tavelli for his remaining chips. Oct 7 - 17, at Opera Casino. Currently the Global Poker Index's top-ranked player from South Africa, Jarred Solomon may not be as easily recognized as some of his compatriots but looks to be the currently most active player on this list. Jan 10 - 21,

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Points are awarded for each fixture, with competitors ranked based either on total number of points or average points per fixture. Usually each competitor plays an equal number of fixtures, in which case rankings by total points and by average points are equivalent. The English County Championship in cricket did not require an equal number of matches prior to In a round-robin tournament , each competitor plays all the others an equal number of times, once in a single round-robin tournament and twice in a double round-robin tournament.

This is often seen as producing the most reliable rankings. However, for large numbers of competitors it may require an unfeasibly large number of rounds. A Swiss system tournament attempts to determine a winner reliably, based on a smaller number of fixtures.

Fixtures are scheduled one round at a time; a competitor will play another who has a similar record in previous rounds of the tournament. This allows the top and bottom competitors to be determined with fewer rounds than a round-robin, though the middle rankings are unreliable.

There may be other considerations besides reliability of rankings. In some professional team sports, weaker teams are given an easier slate of fixtures as a form of handicapping. Sometimes schedules are weighted in favour of local derbies or other traditional rivalries. For example, NFL teams play two games against each of the other three teams in their division, one game against half of the other twelve teams in their conference, and one game against a quarter of the sixteen teams in the other conference.

American sports are also unusual in providing fixtures between competitors who are, for ranking purposes, in different groups. Another, systematic, example of this was the Women's Rugby World Cup: Groups C and D intertwined similarly. An elaboration of this system is the Mitchell movement in duplicate bridge, discussed below , where North-South pairs play East-West pairs. In 2-competitor games where ties are rare or impossible, competitors are typically ranked by number of wins, with ties counting half; each competitors' listings are usually ordered Wins—Losses —Ties.

Where ties are more common, this may be 2 points for a win and 1 for a tie, which is mathematically equivalent but avoids having too many half-points in the listings. These are usually ordered Wins—Ties—Losses. If there are more than two competitors per fixture, points may be ordinal for example, 3 for first, 2 for second, 1 for third. Many tournaments are held in multiple stages, with the top teams in one stage progressing to the next.

American professional team sports have a "regular season" group tournament acting as qualification for the "post season" or " playoffs " single-elimination tournament. A group stage also known as pool play or the pool stage is a round-robin stage in a multi-stage tournament. The competitors are divided into multiple groups, which play separate round-robins in parallel.

Measured by a points-based ranking system , the top competitors in each group qualify for the next stage. In most editions of the FIFA World Cup finals tournament, the first round has been a group stage with groups of four teams, the top two qualifying for the "knockout stage" played as a single-elimination tournament. This format is common in many international team events, such as World Cups or Olympic tournaments.

As well as a fixed number of qualifiers from each group, some may be determined by comparing between different groups: Sometimes, results from an earlier phase are carried over into a later phase. In the Cricket World Cup , the second stage, known as the Super Eight since and before that the Super Six, features two teams from each of four preliminary groups previously three teams from two preliminary groups , who do not replay the teams they have already played, but instead reuse the original results in the new league table.

Formerly in the Swiss Football League , teams played a double round-robin, at which point they were split into a top "championship" group and a bottom "relegation" group; each played a separate double round-robin, with results of all 32 matches counting for ranking each group. A similar system is also used by the Scottish Premiership and its historic predecessor, the Scottish Premier League , since After 33 games, when every club has played every other club three times, the division is split into two halves.

Clubs play a further 5 matches, against the teams in their half of the division. This can and often does result in the team placed 7th having a higher points total than the team placed 6th because their final 5 games are considerably easier , nevertheless, a team in the bottom half never receives a higher final ranking than a team which qualified for the top half. A multi-stage pool system was implemented by Curling Canada for the Canadian championship curling tournaments the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for women and the Tim Hortons Brier for men starting in The change was intended to allow the expansion of the main stage of the tournament from twelve to sixteen teams while keeping the round robin at eleven games.

The teams are seeded using a ranking system in which points are calculated based on the teams' results in all competitive bonspiels using a complicated formula. Seeds 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 16 and placed in Pool A while seeds 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 and 15 are placed in Pool B. After each team has played seven games, the top four teams from each pool advance to the "Championship Pool. In contrast, teams that fail to qualify for the Championship Pool play only one additional "Placement Round" game against the team that finished in the same position in the opposite pool for the purposes of determining final tournament ranking.

For these teams, there is little else to play for since there is no form of relegation and, with the expansion of the field to sixteen teams, no "Pre-Qualifying Tournament" and seeding is based solely on the performances of the participating teams and not the past results of the provinces and territories they represent.

The top Slovenian basketball league has a unique system. In its first phase, 12 of the league's 13 clubs compete in a full home-and-away season, with the country's representative in the Euroleague an elite pan-European club competition exempt. The league then splits. The top seven teams are joined by the Euroleague representative for a second home-and-away season, with no results carrying over from the first phase.

These eight teams compete for four spots in a final playoff. The bottom five teams play their own home-and-away league, but their previous results do carry over. These teams are competing to avoid relegation, with the bottom team automatically relegated and the second-from-bottom team forced to play a mini-league with the second- and third-place teams from the second level for a place in the top league.

Where the number of competitors is larger than a tournament format permits, there may be multiple tournaments held in parallel, with competitors assigned to a particular tournament based on their ranking. In chess , Scrabble , and many other individual games, many tournaments over one or more years contribute to a player's ranking. However, many team sports involve teams in only one major tournament per year.

In European sport, including football, this constitutes the sole ranking for the following season; the top teams from each division of the league are promoted to a higher division, while the bottom teams from a higher division are relegated to a lower one. This promotion and relegation occurs mainly in league tournaments, but also features in Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis:. The hierarchy of divisions may be linear, or tree-like, as with the English football league pyramid.

In contract bridge a "tournament" is a tournament in the first sense above, composed of multiple "events", which are tournaments in the second sense. Some events may be single-elimination, double-elimination, or Swiss style. However, " Pair events " are the most widespread. In these events, a number of deals or boards are each played several times by different players.

For each such board the score achieved by each North-South NS pair is then measured against all the other NS pairs playing the same board. Thus pairs are rewarded for playing the same cards better than others have played them. There is a predetermined schedule of fixtures depending on the number of pairs and boards to be played, to ensure a good mix of opponents, and that no pair plays the same board or the same opponents twice see duplicate bridge movements.

In poker tournaments , as players are eliminated, the number of tables is gradually reduced, with the remaining players redistributed among the remaining tables. Play continues until one player has won all of the chips in play. Finishing order is determined by the order in which players are eliminated: Of Zackey's 23 recorded live cashes, just a single one came outside of South Africa and nearby Swaziland.

Zackey made Day 8 with a decent stack and found some early success but fizzled out from there and lost a race to Ian Tavelli for his remaining chips. Zackey made the final table of the same event in but finished ninth.

He has several more final tables in WPT events there, including a win in a side event in Currently the Global Poker Index's top-ranked player from South Africa, Jarred Solomon may not be as easily recognized as some of his compatriots but looks to be the currently most active player on this list. Solomon has been a consistent grinder for years, cashing for at least five figures every year since with the exception of Aside from that, Du-Plessis has 16 other five-figure scores, most coming in South Africa or nearby nations.

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