A separate tab on the main page takes the user to the “Pro Lobby”. The Pro Lobby is for players who want a more competitive experience and a performance based ranking system. Entrance to this area would require an upgrade to membership and it would be the only place rankings could be earned. Fees could be nominal($5 per month, $50 per year?)
Ring games could be incorporated into this area but I am only going to address a ranking system for Texas Holdem Tourneys.
There are three levels… Silver, Gold & Platinum. There is no entry fee for the Tourneys, and no chip winnings. It is strictly a ranking and serious poker area.
Every paying member would begin at the Silver Level. On the last day of each month there would be no tourneys and rankings would be posted. A minimum of 4 tourneys is required to receive a ranking. Any player who ranks in the top 33% for 2 consecutive months is automatically promoted to the Gold level. The same criteria applies at the Gold Level to be promoted to the Platinum level. The bottom 33% for 2 consecutive months at the Gold & Platinum levels will be demoted 1 level. Players who don’t qualify for a ranking are ranked last for promotion & demotion purposes.
As you can see, these are special rooms for players who want to play against similar skilled players and be ranked exclusively by their performance at the table. There are no winnings, no leader-board prizes, no gimmicks. You would be simply be playing competitive poker in an environment where the vastly inferior and superior players would be assigned to a different level.
Outside this Pro area everything can continue as is.
Now, as to the rankings.
They are specific to each level of course. There is no carryover. Reaching the Gold or Platinum level would be a true indication of poker skill.
The ranking system would be simple. No need for complex formulas.
You would receive 1 point for each player you finish ahead of in each tourney, divided by the number of tourneys entered…Total Points/Events Played = Score. Highest score is ranked #1. Second highest score is #2, etc…
If 2 or more players bust on the same hand, the player(s) starting the hand with more play chips would receive the higher place, then by lottery. If 2 or more players have the exact score at the end of the month, ties are broken first by most number of tourneys played, then by most number of hands, then by lottery.
Hands would be dealt simultaneously.
The number and times of tourneys could be added or subtracted as needed.
Everyone starts even. The cream eventually rises to the top. Anyone can opt in or opt out at any time. Replay makes a little money for providing the service. The rest of the site stays as is for anyone who doesn’t wanna play the Pro section.
What’s not to like?
PS, I am not opposed to incentives and rewards as long as they are outside the new ranking system and don’t give ranking advantages. For example, if Replay chose to waive the Pro section access fee for certain people, or if they chose to award Replay Chips to high ranked Pro players. In these instances the Pro ranking system would still be valid, and not undermined by anything outside one’s performance at the tables as determined by finishing position.
PSS, Oh! And no late entry.