2021 ACL World Championships
The 2021 ACL World Championships will be August 2-8 at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, SC (326 Technology Center Way, Rock Hill, SC 29730). This event is open to the public and has a player capacity of 1024 players. There will be 4 divisions of skill level: Pro, Advanced, Competitive, and Intermediate.
Registration for the 2021 ACL World Championships will open for Platinum ACL members at 8 pm EST on June 7th and will remain open for one week. On June 14th at 8 pm EST, registration will open for Gold ACL members. If spots are still available, registration will open to anyone at 8 pm EST on June 21st.
Payouts for all Advanced Division tournaments will be 70% of entry fees collected, Competitive Division tournaments will be 60% of entry fees collected, and Intermediate Division tournaments will be 50% of the entry fees collected. Tournaments that do not have an assigned skill level will payout 70% of entry fees except for Sit-n-Go blind draws.
Registration for all events, including the ACL Pro Qualifier, except any blind draws will take place at app.iplayacl.com. Blind Draw registration will take place during World Championship week, no pre-registration for those events. Big Blind Draw event registration will open 2 hours before the event starts, sit-n-go blind draws will be cash-only and announced over the PA system.
Players are required to play in the skill division listed in their player profile, unlike Regional and Conference events where players can play in skill division events above their player profile skill level.
Pricing for individual events will be released in the coming weeks.
All times listed are local EST
9 am - Intermediate Crew Cup Shootout - 64 team max - 50% Payout
9 am - Competitive Crew Cup Shootout - 64 teams max - 60% Payout
2:30 pm - Intermediate Singles - 256 players max - 50% Payout
4 pm - Competitive Doubles - 128 teams max - 60% Payout
9 am - Intermediate Doubles - 128 teams max - 50% Payout
9 am - Competitive Blind Draw - 256 players max - 60% Payout
3 pm - Competitive Singles - 256 players max - 60% Payout
5 pm - Intermediate Blind Draw - 256 players max - 50% Payout
6 pm - ACL Director Blind Draw - 128 players max - Free - $1,000 Payout
9 am - Women's Singles - 128 players max - 70% Payout
9 am - Senior Singles - 128 players max - 70% Payout
3:30 pm - Co-Ed Doubles - 128 teams max - 70% Payout
3:30 pm - Big Blind Draw #1 - 256 players max - 70% Payout
5:30 pm - 70+ Senior Singles - 32 players max - 70% Payout
9 am - Women's Doubles - 64 teams max - 70% Payout
9 am - Senior Doubles - 64 teams max - 70% Payout
3 pm - Pro Singles - 256 players max - Free - $20,000 Payout + $12,500 Final Standings Payout
3 pm - Advanced Blind Draw - 256 players max - 70% Payout
9 am - Pro Doubles - 128 teams max - Free - $20,000 Payout + $12,500 Final Standings Payout
9 am - Advanced Crew Cup Shootout - 64 teams max - 70% Payout
3 pm - Advanced Singles - 256 players max - 70% Payout
3 pm - Pro Blind Draw - 256 players max - Free - $10,000 Payout - Pause for broadcast if necessary - ACL Pros must have participated in 3 out of the 4 National Pro Blind Draws to play
8 pm - ESPN Television Broadcast - Special Johnsonville Event
9 am - Pro Crew Cup Shootout - 64 teams max - 80% Payout - Pause for broadcast if necessary
9 am - Advanced Doubles - 128 teams max - 70% Payout
1 pm - ESPN Television Broadcast - Pro Singles Final 4 plus Co-Ed Final
4:30 pm - ACL Conference Cup - Free - $10,000 Payout
4:30 pm - Big Blind Draw #2 - 256 players max - 70% Payout
9 am - Pro Qualifier Group A - 256 players max - $150/player
1 pm - ESPN Television Broadcast - Pro Doubles Final 4 plus Women's Doubles Final
3 pm - Pro Qualifier Group B - 256 players max - $150/player
2021 ACL Pro Qualifier
Each season there are 256 ACL Pro Division spots available. The top 50 Pro Doubles teams and top 100 Pro Singles players from the previous season automatically qualify for the next season's Pro Division. Additionally, the top 24 ranked players in Open standings (excluding ACL Pros that qualified via the top 50 Pro Doubles teams/top 100 Pro Singles players) qualify for the following season's Pro Division. There are also 32 spots reserved for ACL Pro qualification via the 2021 ACL Pro Qualifier. Any other spots remaining will be filled via the ACL Pro Application process which will be released in summer 2021.
With the introduction of gambling lines into the sport, the ACL Pro Division is limited to no more than eight (8) ACL Pros under the age of 18. There are currently 4 ACL Pros who would meet this criteria in the 2022 ACL Pro Season. That being said, there are tentatively only 4 spots available for players under 18 years of age in the 2022 ACL Pro Division. Priority will first be given to highest ranking Open standings players in the Top 24 followed by the ACL Pro Qualifier.
The 2021 ACL Pro Qualifier will be split into two sessions, a morning and afternoon session. Players only need to register for one of the sessions. Entry into the ACL Pro Qualifier is free for current ACL Pros looking to re-qualify for the 2022 ACL Pro Division if they have not already re-qualified via the steps mentioned above. Cost for all other aspiring Pros is $150/player. If a player qualifies for the Pro Division through the ACL Pro Qualifier, $100 of the $150 entry fee may be directly applied to the ACL Pro Membership fee.
The format for the 2021 ACL Pro Qualifier is 8 Rounds of ACL Rounders. ACL Rounders is a progressive round-robin format where the first game played is against a random opponent, and each subsequent matchup is against a player of identical or similar record (i.e. 2-0 vs 2-0 and 0-2 vs 0-2). Tiebreakers for players with identical records are based on point differential. The top 32 players across both sessions (not necessarily 16 from each session) will earn a spot in the 2022 ACL Pro Division.
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