This system was used for some games prior to the advent of Spectacular
7 scoring - also pre-trifecta. I think it would have some applicability
now, as it would reduce the effect of runouts and spread the results
around more. Of course, there would be entirely new trifecta outcome
A Jai-Alai game under this new system will be eight post positions, playing to five points in the following manner . . . the game starts with the usual elimination system, but when a post position makes three points he has qualified and doesn't have to play again until two other posts have qualified by also making three points each against the balance of the field.
The three finalists play off as follows . . . to win the game a post must either
(1) defeat the other two posts in two straight points, arriving at the designated five points, or
(2) defeat one post and then lose to the other, in which case, two posts will be tied at four points each and these two posts will then play one point. At the conclusion of that point, one post will have five points, the loser of that point will still have four points for place and the post that was put down his first time up will be awarded show position. If condition (1) exists, the two posts who have not scored will play one point to establish place and show position.
Naturally, the first post to qualify will serve to the second post in the finals and the winner of that point will serve to the third qualifier.
I think I like it. It would eliminate most of the unwieldy
playoff situations, spread the outcomes, and would require no
changes to the tote systems. It just wouldnt work for Superfectas,
though I suppose it could be adapted.
What do you think?