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Heads Up Tournament series

Postby CanadaWest » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:53 am

We have a sponsor who wants to host a weekly heads-up tourney.

I've been trying to wrap my mind around the PHP coding required to track the results of a series of tournaments and put the winners into the next round. I'm afraid my mind isn't big enough to fit around someting of this size!

Has anyone managed to hold a heads-up tourney using PM server? What is the best way to do it?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: Heads Up Tournament series

Postby Kent Briggs » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:46 pm

CanadaWest wrote:We have a sponsor who wants to host a weekly heads-up tourney.

I've been trying to wrap my mind around the PHP coding required to track the results of a series of tournaments and put the winners into the next round. I'm afraid my mind isn't big enough to fit around someting of this size!

Has anyone managed to hold a heads-up tourney using PM server? What is the best way to do it?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Is the entire tourney going to complete in one session or will you just cut the field in half each week until there's a winner? Currently there's no bracketing system in the software so automating that in one big session would be difficult. One feature coming in the next update that may help out is that you'll be able to password protect a table (like you can now) but still allow others to view the action. So you can assign a particular table to two people and email them the password needed to register.
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Re: Heads Up Tournament series

Postby rjones33 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:04 pm

I designed a heads up system for my site where players play heads up matches for rank. One feature I put in and thought was neat is that when a player beats another player ranked higher than themselves, they swap ranks. So if the #1 player plays the #10 player and loses, then #1 drops to #10 and #10 climbs the ladder to #1. I am developing a challenge system where players can challenge higher ranked players and if they do not play within a specified amount of time, the lower ranked player moves up the ladder. I haven't thought about doing a straight up bracket tournament, but I think it could definitely be done. I am coding in asp.net instead of php, but the same results can be accomplished in either language. I'll think bout it and see what I can come up with.. :geek:
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Re: Heads Up Tournament series

Postby CanadaWest » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:25 am

Kent Briggs wrote:
Is the entire tourney going to complete in one session or will you just cut the field in half each week until there's a winner? Currently there's no bracketing system in the software so automating that in one big session would be difficult. One feature coming in the next update that may help out is that you'll be able to password protect a table (like you can now) but still allow others to view the action. So you can assign a particular table to two people and email them the password needed to register.


This particular sponsor wants to run the entire tourney in one evening. Single elimination with 32 players, 5 rounds. ie. 16 tables, 8 tables, 4 tables, 2 tables, final table. We can pre-register the players with a form, password protect all the tables and then admin register the 32 players for round 1. The problem arises when round 1 is complete. Someone has to review all the results, identify the winners and then admin register the tables for round 2. A very time-consuming affair. I think the php scripts to handle this process would be complicated and incedent specific.

I think the ideal software upgrade to accomodate this kind of thing would be a satellite type system. A setting in the tournament setup that allows x number of players from "tournament A" to be automatically registered in "tournament B". This would enable heads-up single knockout, double knockout, round robin, steps tourneys, qualifiers for championships ... and probably a lot more. Incredible flexibility from a single upgrade.

Definitely, IMHO, a valuable addition to this ever-improving software.
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Re: Heads Up Tournament series

Postby CanadaWest » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:11 pm

No further thoughts on this, Kent?
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Re: Heads Up Tournament series

Postby Kent Briggs » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:42 pm

CanadaWest wrote:No further thoughts on this, Kent?


My thoughts are that would be a very complicated system to implement inside the program. But I'll keep that in mind when designing version 3. If you want that in the current system you'll need to use the API and implement your bracketing externally.
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