WPOL 2020 Finals

Tuscany Suites & Casino Las Vegas

 

 

League Finals:     5/8/20 – 5/10/20


Leagues Must Start By:     1/19/20

 

  • Based on a 15-week schedule, leagues that start on 1/19 will end on 4/26. This is the absolute latest a league can start without needing doubleheaders to finish on time.
  • Players cannot play more than 3 matches for the same qualifier league in a week.

 

Leagues Must End By:  4/26/20

 

  • Leagues must end by 4/26 in order to give us time to prepare stats for the league finals. Any un-played matches after 4/26 will result in zero wins for the match for both teams involved, and makeups will not be allowed.

 

Divisions

Bronze Doubles

7 - 14 Team Rating

8 Individual Cap

Silver Doubles

17 - 23 Team Rating

13 Individual Cap

Gold Doubles

25 - 32 Team Rating

18 Individual Cap

Platinum Singles

No Cap

No Cap

Ladies Singles

1 - 18 Rating

 

 

  • Players MUST use their General Rating to form their teams. No other rating can be used without PDUSA's approval. Teams will be bumped up to a higher division or disqualified with no refunds given if PDUSA discovers that the player or operator used an incorrect rating to fit into a lower division. Further penalties may be enforced based on PDUSA's discretion.

 

Players can view their General Rating by logging into http://www.phoenixdart.com and clicking My Page.

 

 

Players can also scan their card at the Card menu on a Phoenixdarts machine to view their General Rating. Please note, both Card Rating and General Rating are displayed here. The General Rating is displayed at the bottom of the screen

 

 

 

FAQ

 

1. What is Phoenix Official League?

  • Phoenix Official Leagues (POL) are run by Phoenix operators but must follow the formats, caps, and rules provided by PDUSA.
  • There are three different POL finals held throughout the year with each one requiring players to qualify by participating in a qualifier league for that specific league finals. 

 

  • The three league finals are:
  • WPOL (Western) - Finals held @ Las Vegas on 5/8/20 - 5/10/20
  • EPOL (Eastern) - Finals held @ TBD on TBD
  • POLV (Las Vegas) Finals held @ Las Vegas on TBA

 

  • Players can only participate in the league finals for a division that they qualified for. 
  • For example, if a player wants to participate in the WPOL Bronze Doubles finals, the player must play in a WPOL Bronze Doubles qualifier. 

 

  • Players can qualify for multiple divisions, but they must play a qualifier league for each division they want to qualify for.

 

  • For example, if a player wants to play in the WPOL Silver Doubles and Bronze Doubles finals, they must complete both a WPOL Bronze Doubles qualifier league and a WPOL Silver Doubles qualifier league.
    Qualifying for the Silver Doubles for WPOL finals does not qualify the player for EPOL and/or POLV Silver Doubles finals. They must complete a qualifier league for those specific league finals tournaments if they want to compete there as well.

 

2. Can players participate in all three POL finals?

  • WPOL, EPOL, and POLV have their own league finals tournaments that are held on different dates. As long as the player has completed qualifier leagues for all three POL finals, he/she can participate in all three tournaments.

 

3. Can players qualify for multiple divisions?

  • The player must complete a qualifier league for each division he or she wants to compete in. In other words, he or she will need to play in two separate WPOL qualifier leagues in order to compete in the WPOL Bronze and Silver Doubles finals. 

 

4. How much does it cost to qualify for a POL finals tournament?

  • Teams must pay a $20 Signup Fee (per player) for each division they want to qualify for. Operators must collect this fee from their players and PDUSA will send an invoice to the operators for these fees after signups have closed. 

 

  • Teams must insert a $10 League Fee(per player) into the machine for every match of their qualifier league(s). 
  • Teams must pay a $10 Greens Fee(per player) at the POL finals to compete in their division's league finals tournament. This greens fee covers the coin drop for their tournament matches.

 

  • Teams that finish in the top half of their qualifier league's ranking will advance to the league finals.

 

  • For example, in a 6-team league, the top 3 teams will progress to the league finals.

 

  • Teams that finish in the bottom half of their qualifier league can pay a $40 Rebuy Fee (per player) to rebuy into the league finals.

 

5. Do players receive a payout for their qualifier league?

  • POL is not a self-ending league so players must participate in the league finals in order to receive any payout.

 

6. What are the payouts for each division?

  • Since payouts are based on the total number of teams qualifying for a division's league finals, we do not know what the total payouts will be until all qualifier leagues have finished.

 

  • PDUSA pools 60% of all WPOL league fees and allocates them to each division's league finals payout. The more players that qualify for a division, the higher the division's payout gets.

 

  • For example, if there are 60 Silver Doubles teams qualifying for WPOL and each team plays 15 matches, the total payout for the WPOL Silver Doubles division comes to $10,800.

 

  • 60 Doubles teams = 120 Players

 

  • Each player pays $10 per league match, $6 of which is pooled for the payout If each player plays 15 matches, each player will have contributed $90 to the Silver Doubles payout
    120 Players * $90 = $10,800 total payout for WPOL's Silver Doubles division

 

  • In WPOL 2019, 1st place for Silver Doubles paid out $3,300 and 2nd place paid out $1,700. We pay down to the bottom at the league finals so even the last place teams can expect to receive around $10-$20.  

 

7. What rating is used to see if a player/team fits within the cap?

  • General Rating is the only rating approved for team formation. If you have any concerns with a player's General Rating, please contact your local operator. 

 

8. Are there any league rules for POL qualifiers?

  • In the past, we have simply asked our players to exercise common sense and allowed operators to manage their leagues with whatever rules worked best for their market. However, POL has grown rapidly over the years and now attracts players from all over the country. As you know, different states have different league rules and norms so it has become clear that we must provide a standard set of rules for our qualifier leagues. This is being worked on as we speak and will be released in the following weeks. 

 

9. What are the tournament rules for POL finals?

  • We are in the process of updating the tournament rules for POL Las Vegas 2019 and they will be made available before the tournament begins. 

 

10. What happens if a player needs a substitute for a league and/or the finals?

  • For League:
  • Players must find a substitute who is the same rating or lower. It's not fair to replace a teammate with a stronger player. This applies to the Platinum division as well. Substitutes for qualifier league matches can be approved by the operator based on their own discretion, however, PDUSA may get involved if an issue requires our attention. Once involved, PDUSA will make the final ruling based on our investigation.

 

  • For the Finals:
  • Players are qualifying for the league finals as a team. This means that they must compete in the league finals with the teammate they qualified with. However, if a teammate cannot make it to the league finals, he or she can be replaced with a substitute. The sub does not need to have played in a POL qualifier. However, due to the always present risk of sandbagging, all POL finals substitutes must be submitted to PDUSA for approval!! We will investigate the substitute's play data to verify if he/she can be a valid substitute. 

 

11. What happens if a player/team does not finish their qualifier league?

  • Teams must play all their matches regardless of whether or not the match will have an impact on the final standings.
  • Un-played matches mean less money is collected for the league finals payout. Therefore, teams that do not play all of their matches must pay for those matches or they will not be allowed to participate in the finals. Repeat offenders may be disqualified from future POL seasons based on PDUSA's discretion. Players must play at least 70% of their league matches to qualify for the finals. In other words, they cannot skip, forfeit, or have a sub play for more than 30% of their matches. For example, in a 15-match qualifier, a player must have completed at least 11 matches in order to qualify for the finals.
  • If a team drops from your league and a replacement team cannot be secured, the teams who still have matches left to play against the dropped team must still pay for those matches. This is required so that all teams participating in the league finals have contributed equally to the division’s total payout. It would not be fair for teams to qualify for the league finals having paid far less in league fees than others, competing for the same payout while having contributed less.  

 

12. What is the rule for league match forfeitures?

  • The forfeiting team will receive zero wins for the match. The opposing team will receive 60% of the set wins for the match. For example, in a match that has 15 sets, the opposing team will win the match 9-0.

 

13. What happens if there is a tie at the end of the qualifier league?

  • League standings are based on the number of sets a team has won, not the number of matches a team has won. In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker will come down to which team has won more matches. In the event that the teams have won the same number of matches, the tiebreaker will come down to who which team won more of their head to head matches. If they split their head to head matches, the tiebreaker will come down to who won the most sets in their head to head matches. If the set wins in their head to head matches are identical, then the team with the higher team rating will progress. 

 

14. What happens if a player/team overachieves in their qualifier league(s)?

  • It's important that players understand that if they form a team that is near the top of the division's cap, there is a high chance that they will bust the cap and be bumped up into a higher division for the league finals. 

 

  • Doubles Divisions:
  • A team with a player who finishes the league with an Official Rating that is 1.9 rating points above the division’s individual cap will require the team to be bumped up into a higher division.
  • A team that finishes 2.9 rating points above the division’s team cap will be bumped up into a higher division.

 

  • Singles Divisions:
  • A player who finishes the league with an Official Rating that is 1.9 rating points above the division’s individual cap will be bumped up into a higher division.

 

  • Official Ratings are decided by PDUSA in collaboration with POL operators. A player’s league rating at the end of the season is not their Official Rating. Official Ratings are based on a player’s stats as monitored throughout the league season, in all of their POL qualifying leagues, along with existing stats for the league, tournament, and casual games. In other words, players cannot simply manipulate their Official Ratings for the league finals by intentionally lowering their stats during qualifier league play. If we have existing stats for a player that is significantly higher than their qualifier league stats, they will be factored into their Official Ratings. Players should be warned, as we take sandbagging very seriously and players who are caught may be disqualified from the tournament and future seasons with no refunds given. 

  

 

League Durations

 League duration is based on team count but will range from 14 to 15 weeks.

 

Teams

5 Round Robins

15 Weeks

Teams

3 Round Robins

15 Weeks

Teams

2 Round Robins

14 Weeks

 

 

POL LEAGUE FORMATS 

 

Bronze Doubles (Handicap)

Set 1 & 2

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

Set 3 & 4

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 5 & 6

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

Set 7

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 8

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 9

Cricket Singles

 

Set 10 & 11

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 12 & 13

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

 

Silver Doubles (Handicap)

Set 1 & 2

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

Set 3 & 4

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 5

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 6

Cricket Singles

 

Set 7 & 8

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 9 & 10

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

Set 11

Cricket Singles

 

Set 12

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 13 & 14

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 15

501 Doubles

Open In, Open Out

  

Gold Doubles (Reverse Handicap)

Set 1 & 2

701 Doubles

Open In, Master Out

Set 3 & 4

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 5 & 6

701 Doubles

Open In, Master Out

Set 7

501 Singles

Open In, Master Out

Set 8

Cricket Singles

 

Set 9 & 10

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 11 & 12

701 Doubles

Open In, Master Out

Set 13

Cricket Singles

 

Set 14

501 Singles

Open In, Master Out

Set 15 & 16

Cricket Doubles

 

Set 17

701 Doubles

Open In, Master Out

 

Ladies Singles (Reverse Handicap)

Set 1 & 2

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 3 & 4

Cricket Singles

 

Set 5 & 6

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 7 & 8

Cricket Singles

 

Set 9 & 10

501 Singles

Open In, Open Out

Set 11

Cricket Singles

 

 

Platinum Singles (No Handicap)

Set 1 & 2

701 Singles

25/50 Bull Open In, Double Out

Set 3 & 4

Cricket Singles

 

Set 5 & 6

701 Singles

25/50 Bull Open In, Double Out

Set 7 & 8

Cricket Singles

 

Set 9 & 10

701 Singles

25/50 Bull Open In, Double Out

Set 11 & 12

Cricket Singles

 

Set 13 & 14

701 Singles

25/50 Bull Open In, Double Out

Set 15 & 16

Cricket Singles

 

Set 17 & 18

701 Singles

25/50 Bull Open In, Double Out

Set 19

Cricket Singles