Black Point Online Games on Bridge Base Online
ACBL has partnered with Bridge Base Online (BBO) and The Common Game to give you chances each day to earn black masterpoints online. Additionally, the majority of the game fees you pay will be given to your local club to support them during this difficult time.
Support Your Club ACBL Black Point Games are pair events. Games are held on BBO three times a day – 10 a.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Registration opens two hours before game time. You can play with any other ACBL member who has a BBO account.
NEW! Daylong Tournaments are solo events played with robots. In this game, you have up to 24 hours to complete your game, and it doesn’t have to be played all at once. You can even pause in the middle of a hand.
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. There is no limit to how many players can play in the daylong tournaments.
Both events use matchpoint scoring, and masterpoints earned in these games will count towards annual races.
Please note this is a temporary solution to what will hopefully be a temporary problem.
Club Support Games FAQ
Pair games are BB$5 (Bridge Base bucks) per player and Daylongs are BB$6 per player.
You must first purchase BB$ (with credit card or PayPal) from BBO, and then when you register, the money will be deducted from your BBO account. Check out BBO’s instructions online:https://www.bridgebase.com/purchase/pay.php
BB$ is the payment method on Bridge Base Online. BB$1 (one dollar in Bridge Base bucks) is the equivalent of US$1 (one U.S. dollar).
Out of every $5 or $6 entry that is purchased, $4 will be distributed to the clubs.
The $4 per club will be sent to the ACBL, and we will run reporting on the players that have played in these specially formatted games to see what clubs they have played in over the past 12 months. Based on those reports, we will distribute the funds accordingly. If you had played 75% of the time in Club A and 25% of the time in Club B, then each time you play, Club A will get $3 and Club B will get $1. For players with no club history, we will be working on a plan for this as well, but the final details are not yet available.
Log into BBO and click on ACBL World. Search for Support Your Club ACBL Black Points Game or Support Your Club ACBL Daylong. Please see BBO’s online guide
for specific instructions on locating the specially designated game.
Registration for the events start two hours before they begin. For example, 3pm Eastern time is when registration will open for the 5pm Eastern event.
Currently there are three games a day at 10am, 5pm and 7:30pm Eastern.
Register any time after midnight Eastern. You have up to 24 hours to complete your game, and it doesn’t have to be played all at once. You can even pause in the middle of a hand.
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.
You need to make sure that your ACBL number is on file with BBO. Go to “ACBL World” and then click on “Update your ACBL Number”. As long as your ACBL number is there, you will be credited with all of the masterpoints you earn on BBO. If your number is not on file, you’ll be able to add it from that screen.
You may not direct the payment of your entry fee to a specific club at this time. This is a complex task to begin with and trying to accommodate requests like this would add a level of complexity that is simply not practical.
Yes, BBO’s software automatically creates multiple sections and divides the players into three strats (A, B & C). The strats will automatically adjusted based upon the players in the field – the top 1/3 will be A, the next 1/3 will be B and the bottom 1/3 will be C.
You do not need to do anything other than encourage your players to play in this game should you choose to do so.
For the Pair games, the awards are the same as an open club game and there will be overall awards as well as section awards. The maximum you can win in any single game is 4.00 masterpoints. For the Daylong, the maximum is 2.50.
Yes!! Normally masterpoints won online do not count for either of these races but, in these “unusual” times, we are making an exception.
Find helpful tips on playing with the BBO ‘bots here
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