Black Point Online Games on Bridge Base Online
In these unusual times, ACBL has partnered with Bridge Base Online (BBO) and The Common Game to bring members a way to play and earn black, silver, red and gold masterpoints while sheltering at home.
Events use matchpoint scoring, and masterpoints earned in these games will count toward annual races.
Remember, as in any bridge game, cheating online is prohibited. See FAQ below for additional information.
Daily Online Events
Two kinds of events are held every day on BBO – Support Your Club Games and Daylong Tournaments.
Support Your Club Games: These pair events are held on BBO three times a day (10 a.m., 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time), and the majority of the game fees will be given to your local club to help during this difficult time. The games award black points, and your partner may be any other ACBL member with a BBO account. Registration opens two hours before each game time.
Daylong Tournaments: A solo event, this kind of event is played with BBO’s robots. You have up to 24 hours to complete your game, and it doesn’t have to played all at once. You can even pause in the middle of a hand. Register anytime, and you’ll have until midnight Easter time to finish the 18 boards.
Visit your local club from home with a game in a Virtual Club on BBO. These games are the same as the regular club games held at the club, and they are similar to the Support Your Club Games (just at your club’s typical game time). If your usual club is not yet a Virtual Club, have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Special Online Events
Periodically, ACBL will hold events and tournaments on BBO that award silver, red or gold masterpoints. New events will be announced on the ACBL site, on this page and via email. Please visit acbl.org/confirm to be sure you are receiving ACBL’s emails.
Online Bridge Event FAQ
Support Your Club games start at 10 a.m., 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. See acbl.org/virtual for special tournament schedules.
Play a few of the 18 total boards in the morning, some more after lunch and the rest in the evening. Or play them all in one sitting! Register anytime, and you’ll have until midnight Eastern time to finish the boards.
Sometimes BBO experiences network errors, this guide will explain what to do if you experience any issues.
This guide explains the different formats available for daylong games.
As in any bridge game, cheating in online bridge is prohibited. Do not share any private information about your hand with your partner or anyone else. Discussion via phone, video, in person or any other means is not allowed.
When you play on BBO, every call and every play are recorded. If you cheat online, you will get caught! In addition to player reports by Bridge Base Online, there are automatic surveillance tools to alert the game operators of potential cheating. If a player is found to be cheating in an ACBL-sanctioned game, the club will bar that player from BBO. In addition, the player may be subject to discipline under the ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations. Both ACBL and BBO are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of these online games so that honest players can be confident of a fair contest.