Elite 10

New to the Grand Slam of Curling, the Elite 10 is a men's only curling event that offers big prizes and great competition, just like the other grand slam events do. This event was created in 2015, and has been contested a lesser number of times than older tournaments since its inception, with some of the biggest names in men's curling taking the title in the short time it has existed. In this guide to the Elite 10, we will recap its brief history, with key players and other information you need to know.

As you might expect, the Elite 10 consists of 10 teams. Those teams play in a match play setting, with the winner of each match being decided by the number of ends won by each team. Unlike traditional curling matches, these matches are contested over the course of eight ends. If a match is tied after those eight ends, a draw to the button shootout is used to determine a match winner.

The six teams with the best point totals after the opening round of the competition qualify for the playoff round, with the top two teams earning entry directly into the semifinals. From there, a single elimination tournament takes place to determine the winner of the Elite 10. To determine the point totals of each team during the qualification stage, teams get three points for winning in regulation, two points for winning in a shootout, one point for losing in a shootout, and zero points for a regulation loss.

To qualify for the Elite 10, teams need to be in the top 10 in the World Curling Tour's year to date ranking system by the end of the qualifying deadline. What is good about this format is that there are no sponsor's exemptions, regional invitations, or any other things that could dilute the quality of the field. The Elite 10 truly does consist of ten elite curling teams, with the highest ranked teams all competing for the top spot.

Previous winners of the Elite 10 are Mike McEwen in 2015, Brad Gushue in 2016, and John Morris in 2017, just to name a few. Each of those players led their teams to victory, and the top of the $100,000 purse that went with it. In addition, those winning teams earned 12 points toward the bonus cup for winning that competition, with the runners up grabbing 9 points for finishing in second place. While the Elite 10 may be a new competition, its benefits are very real.