Player Handicap System

How Are Player Handicaps Determined?

The CM360 Amateur Pool Tourney utilizes the Equivalent Race System (ERS®) along with the FargoRate system to determine the handicap level of all participating members.

The Equivalent Race System allows players, regardless of their skill level, to compete against each other equally. It determines what a lower-skilled player needs to successfully have an opportunity to win.

Our formats make it possible for anyone to compete and win regardless of their ability. All new players to the league start with a skill level of zero for their first three matchups. Players with a skill level of zero will be required to play their first three opponents even until a temporary rank has been established. Keep in mind that it takes about ten-match scores to properly solidify a player’s handicap.

Depending on the matchup between two established players, balls and/or games may be given to the lower-skilled player as a handicap spot. Please check out the details in the Megabucks Rules Booklet.

The FargoRate System uses a simple mathematical approach to accurately measure a pool player’s ability relative to everyone else in the world. Whether you are an elite professional or a beginner in a local league, you can be accurately and fairly rated based on your performance rather than the old outdated methods.

FargoRate rates pool players worldwide on the same scale based on games won and lost against opponents of known rating. It computes the optimum set of ratings – also known as maximum likelihood ratings – as those that best predict the outcome of all of the games amongst all of the players.

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