The Commissioner's Cup adapts the tournament format used during the Philippine Cup. It has two-round eliminations, with each team playing 14 games. The teams are divided into two groups on the basis of their rankings from the previous Philippine Cup. Each team will play teams within their group once, while they will play teams from the other group twice. Standings will be determined in one league table; teams do not qualify by basis of groupings.
Group A is composed of teams Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (#1), Alaska Aces (#4), Meralco Bolts (#5), Air21 Express (#8), and Barako Bull Energy Cola (#9). Group B constitutes players from Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (#2), San Mig Coffee Mixers (#3), Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (#6), Petron Blaze Boosters (#7), and GlobalPort Batang Pier (#10).
Once top eight teams are determined, they will advance to the quarterfinals. In case of tie, playoffs will be held only for the #2 and #8 seeds. Number 1 seed will play against number 8 seed in the quarterfinals, where #1 seed has a twice-to-beat advantage. Same with number 2 and number 7 seeds. They will play in the quarterfinals where #2 seed has a twice-to-beat advantage. #3 vs #6 seeds and #4 vs #5 seeds will be playing in a best-of-3 series.
The top 4 winners in the quarterfinals (QF1 vs. QF4 & QF2 vs. QF3) will play in the semifinals in best-of-5 series games. Winners in the semifinals will play in the finals and in a best-of-5 series format.
Round 1-2 Eliminations
(Update as of Sunday, Apr. 14, 8:44 p.m.)