Updated Jan. 26, 2018

The Big Heart Charity Game is an experimental event that gives players the chance to earn extra red awards at their local club while adding to the amount of money given to charity. It is an optional “upgrade” to the ACBL-wide Charity Game.

ACBL wants to offer a wider variety of games to its members. In order to ensure that new game formats are exciting, competitive, and rewarding for members, while helping clubs increase game attendance, some testing is critical. Your club’s participation and feedback are very important to the success of future games at the club. Other recent experimental events were the NABC Online Individual and REACH.

On February 21 (afternoon), your club will have the option of running the regular ACBL-wide Charity Game, or “upgrade” to the Big Heart Charity Game for a flat fee of $10. While red overall awards can be won in the ACBL-wide Charity Game, the Big Heart Charity Game will substantially increase the awards given. The greatest amount given will be 30 red points. Up to 25% of players after the top pair will also win red awards.

Yes. Even if you are hosting the ACBL-wide Charity Game, you don’t have to add the Big Heart Charity Game. It is an optional, experimental event.

Yes, you need to register for both the ACBL-wide Charity Game AND the Big Heart Charity Game. If you have already registered for the ACBL-wide Charity Game, you do not need to re-register.

Click here to register for the Big Heart Charity Game. You also need to register for the ACBL-wide Charity Game. You can do that when you click here.

You must register for the Big Heart Charity Game by February 19 at midnight Pacific time. You must register for the ACBL-wide Charity Game by February 19 at midnight Pacific time.

The cost is $10 per club at the time of registration (in addition to the $7.35 per table for the ACBL-wide Charity Game). This fee will go to the ACBL Charity Foundation.

Any registered club can participate. Any ACBL member in good standing that is playing at a registered club can participate.

Yes, you will use the same hand records from the ACBL-wide Charity Game.

You’ll be giving a unique opportunity for a chance at extra red awards to your players. Also, the Big Heart Charity Game will substantially increase the awards given. Up to 25% of players will win red awards. Another benefit is the extra money raised for charity. Fees will go to the ACBL Charity Foundation. Additionally, by doing something special, you will likely see an increase in club attendance.

Results will be scored across one of three separate qualifying pools: Open, Limited and Invitational. Each pool will have its own set of winners. .

This event will be rated as a Regional single-session game paying red points.

Each club will be randomly assigned to a group of up to 100 clubs, and results will be scored across that entire group. Top on a board could be hundreds of matchpoints.

Club manager/director must enter results into ACBLscore (select ACBL-wide Charity Game) and email the ACBLscore Gamefile and the BWS file right after the game to the Director in Charge at BigHeart@acbl.org. Results must be submitted no later than 10 pm the same day. We’ll take it from there.

We anticipate posting results of the Big Heart Charity Game no later than noon on February 28. This delay will allow us to adjust for late submissions and corrections. ACBL-wide and district-wide awards from the ACBL-wide Charity Game will be published after March 10