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    2019 USOSP: How It Works

    So how does a Suicide Pool work, you might ask...

    Suicide pools are a very simple concept that test your ability not only to pick a winner, but to project your winner through the ups and downs of a draw. You'll also have to know what players can easily win an early round match for you, but can be counted on (at least by yourself) to falter as you go through the 14 days of a Slam.

    For each day of play, you have to pick 1 - yes, just one - winner each from the men's and women's draw. That is out of all the matches played that day. But, once you pick someone, you cannot choose them again for the rest of the tournament. So you really don't want to pick, e.g., a Nadal to win in early matches.

    To survive in the suicide pool, you will have to have gone through the successive days of picking a winner. Sure it may sound easy (and probably will be) on the first few days of play - but as you get deeper into the draws, you have to start picking based on not only who you think will win, but who is likely to lose down the road. And remember, if you are still alive come semi-final time, you are not only picking who you think would win a semi, but also who would lose the final, since you could not pick the same player again.

    Men's and Women's draws are played separately. So if you lose on the men's side but are still alive on the women's, you continue playing the women's draw.

    Picks will begin with the release of the Order of Play for Day 1 - you will have until play begins on Day 1 to make your selections. Your selections have to be for a Day 1 match. Subsequently, you can pick your Day 2 winner as soon as the Day 2 order of play is announced and Day 2 thread is opened, and so on. We try to open the next day's thread as soon as possible following the release of the OFFICIAL Order of Play, but there are times when we might be delayed slightly due to scheduling.

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    Re: 2019 USOSP: How It Works

    I didn't know where to post this, and I only know nicks, but I realized I had never properly (or even improperly) thanked the moderators of the SPs. They are a lot of fun and must take a fair amount of work on your parts. So to shtexas and JTContinental, and to the other moderators if others do the other pools, thanks a lot. I (and I'm sure the others) really appreciate all your hard work.

    Last edited by Pattyfan; 08-25-2019 at 10:06 AM.


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