back to the purist’s version …
We will continue the 3-heat winners only advance (HWO) format
as before, However the two-hand limit of heats will be a 3-hand
limit allowing more games to go to 100 points. But the time limit
will be strictly enforced, and any delaying tactics will be considered
during adjudication to the detriment of the foot draggers.
If points are tied, tie breakers will be: 1. Most ships taken
(sunk + prizes), 2. Most Prizes, and 3. Die roll.
Heats: Winners Only (HWO) Only the winners of a heat
advance to the Final. Every heat winner of a game may advance.
No limit is put on the number of winners that can be accommodated.
No substitution with runners-up will be allowed. The Final will
include all heat winners who appear. It will play to 100 points
regardless of the number of hands. All players in the Final will
participate until the end or until they remove themselves. So
no more “musical chairs” of recent vintage wherein
the lowest scoring player is excused at the end of every hand.
The Final may therefore be a long affair if many qualifiers contest