How does the FargoRate rating and handicapping system work?

The FargoRate rating and handicapping system, which is different from the Fargo rating drill, is a statistics-based system for tracking player abilities. Here’s a video summary of what it is, and here’s an explanation of the math behind the system. Here’s a rough interpretation of the numbering:

800 – top world-class professional
700 – top regional player in the US; a threat to cash in the Master’s Division at the BCA/VNEA Championships; a threat to run six in a row if the break is working
600 – likely to cash in the BCA Open Division but probably won’t make it to the top 32; may get moved to Master’s Division and then flounder; has run three-in-a-row multiple times and maybe four-in-a row a time or two
500 – good local league player; runs out first time at the table in about 10% of the games
400 – runs out first time at the table in about 1% of the games (once or twice a league season)
300 – beginner league player
200 – absolute beginner; may miscue frequently

The table below summarizes how FargoRate ratings compare to other common player rating systems, including Billiard University (BU) Playing-Ability Exam scores:

BU Player Rating Comparison Table

For more information, see “Player Ratings” (BD, December, 2020).

The following webpage allows you to look up Fargo Ratings for different players and determine a probability for one player to beat another in given race:

The Salotto app can be used by anyone to set up matches and enter results into the FargoRate system.

If you don’t have a FargoRating, you can approximate your rating with playing-ability tests like the Runout Drill System (RDS) or the Billiard University (BU) Playing Ability Exams. They assess a wide range of important pool skills in a methodical, thorough, and consistent way. They also provide both numeric and descriptive player-level ratings.

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