Masterpoints and Power Ratings
Masterpoints will still be the awards you win. Masterpoints will continue to determine when you become Life Master, Silver, Grand and all of the other categories. Masterpoints will still be used for the Barry Crain 500, Mini-McKenney, Ace of Clubs and Player of the year.
Power Ratings are for Brackets, Strats, and Flights only.
Have you ever had the director tell you in the middle of your KO match that your team’s Masterpoint total is 12 points higher than you reported? I have. When I buy an entry, the player in front of me always seems to be playing 20 questions with the director. How many points do you have? How many does your partner have, and your teammates? The player may or may not know the answer to these questions, With Power Ratings; this is how it will be:
You tell the director you want to play Swiss, KO’s, or pairs. You give the director the entry fee and he gives you a pair or team number. You sit down at a table with a bridgemate, enter your pair or team number, your name or ACBL # and the names or numbers of your partner and teammates. The computer knows your Power Rating and uses this to determine your bracket/strat/flight. You will never need to know what your Power Rating is. Final brackets will be given after all teams are entered. Strats will be the top 1/3 for A, middle 1/3 B and the rest C.
Flights will be determined in advance. The Bridgemate will tell you which flights you can play in. A/X, B/C/D or Gold Rush Pairs, the 299ers or any other flight. You can then pick your flight. If you do not want to be surprised, go to the Power Ratings website and click on “Flighted events assignments”. It will tell you what flight you will be eligible for this month, next month, 2 months from now and 3 months from now. Power Ratings from 3 months ago will be used to determine flights.
ACBL Members view of the Masterpoint Rating System
Members complain that Masterpoints is not a real rating system. However they love Masterpoints because they can tell you that they have x number of Masterpoints, but they are a much better player than that. In my opinion, that is the reason, the ACBL will never have a real rating system.