The Carolina Invitational features a “Tiered Entry,” with multiple optional prize pools. There are 2 or 3 separate Prize Pools, depending upon the division – the Base Pool, Equity Pool, and Pro Pool. All three Prize Pools are 100% payout.

In all divisions, the Base Pool and Equity Pool pay out to all players who earn ABT points. The Pro Pool is available exclusively in the Championship division, and pays out only to the top finishers. Players in each division pay a Registration Fee that is not part of any Prize Pool. Each division is described in detail below, including examples.

Championship Division

Championship players pay a $35 registration fee and a $205 entry fee. All Prize Pools are 100% payout.

The Base Pool is the $205 entry fee. This is required of all players in the Championship division, and pays out to all players who have 3 or fewer loses after round 10 (see Format page for details).

The Equity Pool is an optional $100 Side Pool. It pays the same places as the Base Pool, but only to those who entered the pool.

The Pro Pool is an optional $200 Side Pool. To enter the Pro Pool, you must also enter the Equity Pool. The Pro Pool pays the top 2 or 3 positions, plus ties. Unlike the Base and Equity Pools, the Pro Pool payouts cannot be determined in advance, since the number of players cashing could change based on results.

Pro Pool will pay the top 2 or 3 finishers, plus ties, but no more than 4 players. If more than 3 players tie for second, the player(s) who were last to get their 3rd loss will be paid. If there are still more than 3, the last to get their 2nd loss will be paid. If there are still more than 3, the last to be undefeated will be paid.

Advanced Division

Advanced players pay a $30 Registration Fee. No further entry fee is required. There are 2 optional Prize Pools. If a player does not enter the optional Prize Pool(s), he or she can win ABT points and a trophy, but cannot win prize money.

The Base Pool is an optional $110 Side Pool. It pays out to all players who have 3 or fewer loses after round 9 and who have entered the pool.

The Equity Pool is a second optional $100 Side Pool. It pays the same places as the Base Pool, but only to those who have entered the Equity Pool. To enter the Equity Pool, you must enter the Base Pool.

Novice Division

Novice players pay $0 Registration Fee. No further entry fee is required. There are 2 optional Prize Pools. If a player does not enter the optional Prize Pool(s), he or she can win ABT points and a trophy, but cannot win prize money. Note that the format of the Novice event will be determined based upon the number of entries. It may be Round Robin, Double-Elimination, or a traditional three-flight format.

The Base Pool is an optional $20 Side Pool. It pays out to all players who earn ABT point, but only to those who have entered the pool. The number of players who cash will depend upon the format.

The Equity Pool is an optional $20 Side Pool. It pays the same places as the Base Pool, but only to those who have entered the Equity Pool. To enter the Equity Pool, you must also enter the Base Pool.

Examples

Assume that the Advanced division has 65 players, with 60 in the Base Pool ($75) and 35 in the Equity Pool ($100). After 9 rounds, 11 players are 6-3 or better. Of those, ten are in the Base Pool, and 8 are in the Equity Pool. ABT points will be awarded to all 11 “cashing” players. The Base Pool will pay 10 spots and the Equity Pool will pay 8 spots. Payouts will simply skip those who are not in the prize pool. So, if the non-Base player finishes 5th, and the non-Equity players finish 2nd and 6th, the payouts would be:

FinishBaseEquityTotalABT Points
1$1,401$1,167$2,5689.84
2$8760$8766.15
3$569$729$1,2984.00
4$394$474$8682.77
500$02.15
6$3070$3071.85
7$263$328$5911.54
8$219$255$4741.23
9$175$219$3941.09
10$156$182$3380.98
11$140$146$2860.89
Totals$4,500$3,500$8,00032.50

Pro Pool payouts

Payouts are based on the ABT points formula, including splitting ties.

If no players in the pool are alive after round 9, the pool will be split between all players eliminated in round 9 (or round 8, 7, etc, if necessary).

If 3 or fewer players in the pool are alive after round 10, all will cash. (If only one is alive, she will win the entire pool.)

Pro Pool will pay the top 2 or 3 finishers, plus ties, but no more than 4 players. If more than 3 players tie for second, the player(s) who were last to get their 3rd loss will be paid. If there are still more than 3, the last to get their 2nd loss will be paid. If there are still more than 3, the last to be undefeated will be paid.

After round 10 or higher, potential payouts will be posted. For example, if the Pro Pool is $5,400 and 4 or more players are still alive, the following scenarios are possible (Note that for more than 3 to cash, there would have to be ties):

PlaceIf 2 CashIf 3 CashIf 4 Cash
1st
$3,600
$2,658
$2,335
2nd
$1,800
$1,662
$1,459
3rd
N/A
$1,080
$949
4th
N/A
N/A
$657