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Internet Rating Points (IRPs)

Internet Rating Points (IRPs) are awarded for high finishes in ACC Internet tournaments. They are tabulated on both an annual and a lifetime basis, and are separate from the Master Rating Points (MRPs) and Grass Roots rating points that can be earned through over-the-board play.


To receive IRPs you must be an ACC member in good standing, and you must be certified by the ACC for Internet play. You are certified if you have successfully registered your screen name(s) using the online form and you have received email confirmation of this from the ACC.  Only ACC members certified for Internet play at the time of the tournament will receive IRPs for that tournament. No points will be awarded retroactively.  You can only earn IRPs in official ACC Internet tournaments that have been authorized by the ACC Board of Directors and the ACC Internet Cribbage Commissioner published in the schedule at the ACC Web site.

On eCribbage, you are not eligible to play any style of tournament play offered on the site until you have played a minimum of 10 games of the style of tournament you want to enter.  The system software will not allow a player to check in to play the tournament.  This is an eCribbage sitewide policy, and so please play in any of the social lounges, and/or play in the computer lounge against a computer opponent (aka Hal1700 or 1800) until you play 10 rated games.  Note that the Tournament Director (TD) does not have the ability to override the internal programming of this site.

9-Game Tournaments

Effective February 1, 2021, 9-game tournaments will be using a new IRP format. The scoring is 2 points for a win, 3 points for a skunk and 0 points for a loss.  The game points are then added to determine the total points for each player.  All players earning 12 or more total game points earn IRPs for that tournament.  The calculations are as follows:

Game Points IRPs Calculation
12 14 12 + 2
13 17 13 + 4
14 20 14 + 6
15 23 15 + 8
16 26 16 + 10
17 29 17 + 12
18 32 18 + 14
19 35 19 + 16
20 38 20 + 18
21 41 21 + 20
22 44 22 + 22
23 47 23 + 24
24 50 24 + 26
25 53 25 + 28
26 56 26 + 30
27 59 27 + 32

Best of 3 -- Traditional Single Elimination Tournaments

You must reach at least the third round to earn IRPs in a single elimination tournament.  This style of bracketed tournament is offered at both eCribbage and Game Colony.  However, because eCribbage has the ability to "split" a large tournament into 2 halves to accommodate more players, there must be at least 33 in each lounge to use the following chart.  Each room will be treated as though it was its own tournament.  (If there are 32 or fewer players in each lounge, only the top 8 players receive IRPS.)  The number of IRPs you receive depends on the round in which you were eliminated, as show below:

Round IRPs
3 3
4 9
5 18
6 30
7 45
8 63
9 84
10 108

A visual explanation can be found at link:  eCribbage bracket explanation  Note that IRPs increase every round by a progressive factor of three.  If you win the tournament, you are awarded points as though you had been eliminated in an additional (imaginary) round.  Byes do not affect the calculation of IRPs.

Annual and Lifetime IRPs

IRPs accumulate both annually and over the lifetime of the player. Annual points are tabulated on the basis of a season commencing each year on August 1 and extending through July 31 of the following year. They are reset to 0 at the start of each season. Lifetime points carry over from season to season, and are never reset. There is no limit on the number of lifetime IRPs you may earn, and you do not lose accumulated IRPs if you become inactive or voluntarily leave the ACC.


To provide a level basis for annual competition IRPs are awarded for each player's first 150 tournaments per year.. Once you reach your annual tournament limit, you will earn no more IRPs that season but are welcome to continue playing.

Annual Honors

Annual honors are based on IRPs earned during that season. The player earning the most points receives the title of Internet Champion. The ten players earning the most points receive All-Internet honors. Players finishing in the top 10% of all rated players receive an invitation to the ACC Tournament of Champions, held each year in Reno.

Lifetime Awards

IRPs accumulated over a player's lifetime will result in recognition at the following levels:

eMaster                                        2,000
eGrand Master                             4,000
eLife Master                                 6,000
eLife Master - One Star              10,000
eLife Master - Two Star             15,000
eLife Master - Three Star           20,000
eLife Master - Four Star            25,000
eLife Master - Five Star             30,000

Players achieving the rank of eMaster or higher will receive a lifetime invitation to the ACC Tournament of Champions.

Reporting Discrepancies

 If you feel you have not been credited with IRPs in a eCribbage tournament to which you are entitled, please contact John Schafer