Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Tie-Breaker Situation

Going into the last draw of the round robin at the 2011 Men's World Curling Championship, the situation is not terribly complex:
  • If both Norway and France win this evening, they and Sweden will all have 7-4 records, and there will be one tie-breaker.
  • If both Norway and France lose this evening, they will be tied with Germany at 6-5, and if Switzerland wins, it will also have a 6-5 record.
  • If only one of Norway and France wins and the other loses, there will be no tie-breaker games. Whoever wins is in the playoffs, and all the others are out.
All those draws to the button at the end of each formal practice session may come into play in determining who plays and who has a bye if there are three-way ties, but I can't find the data for those results.

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