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The North American Bridge Championships (NABC) offers an excellent chance to dive into the world of bridge and explore the best of a new city.

More advanced players can play in premier events awarding platinum masterpoints; those looking for gold points will have plenty of opportunities, too. Newer players, and even absolute beginners, can learn and hone new skills in a dedicated space just for them.

Whether you’re here for a day, a weekend or all 10 days, it’s a wonderful time full of meeting fellow bridge players from all over and playing the world’s best card game.

Hotel & Transportation

Host Hotel

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
3000 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Weekday $65+tax per night
Weekend $99+tax per night

 

For assistance, contact Conference Direct at (855) 956-0776 or email acbl@conferencedirect.com

The last day to book a room at the bridge rate through Conference Direct is October 25, 2024. After this date please contact the hotel directly for your reservation.

Hotel Cancellation Policy
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The 2024 Fall North American Bridge Championship housing bureau, ConferenceDirect, will charge a $150 cancellation fee for cancellations made on or after October 1, 2024 Should you cancel, this charge will appear on your credit card statement as “CONFDIRECT*ACBLFall”.

All reservations require a valid credit card to hold a reservation. A deposit of one night room and tax will be charge by the hotel on or after November 7, 2024. Cancellations must be made at least (3) days or (72) hours prior to your arrival date to avoid a hotel cancellation fee of one night’s room and tax.

Please note the hotel will charge an early departure fee should the guest depart earlier than the confirmed reservation dates. The guest will be charged for any nights remaining on the reservation as an early departure fee. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the hotel at check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.

The hotel requires a pre-authorization of $100.00 to cover incidentals. This pre-authorization will occur upon check-in and can be made with cash, debit, or credit card.

  • If using a debit card, the pre-authorization will act as a direct withdrawal from your bank account.
  • If using cash, the pre-authorization amount is $100.00 per night.
  • Questions should be directed in writing to the ACBL Meeting Services Manager at nabc@acbl.org.

    NABC Hotel Reservations FAQ
    How do I book a hotel for the NABC?
    Visit the “Hotel and Transportation” section at the top of the NABC page on ACBL’s website. This section will have the link for booking via ConferenceDirect (our housing partner).

    Are there special hotel rates for NABC participants?
    Yes. When you make your hotel reservation through ConferenceDirect, you will receive a discounted rate if you have booked by the published cut-off date. The discounted rate will not be available for reservations made after the published cut-off date. Reservations must be made through ConferenceDirect.

    How do I contact ConferenceDirect if I want to book over the phone or have other questions?
    You can reach ConferenceDirect by phone at 855-956-0776 or email at acbl@conferencedirect.com.

    What information is needed for making a hotel reservation?
    You will need to provide your name, credit card, arrival/departure dates and any room preferences.

    How can I request special accommodations?
    If you have special needs, please signal them when booking the room online. (There is a box for special requests when booking online.) You can also contact the hotel directly two weeks prior to your arrival date.

    Can I extend my stay at the NABC rate?
    Dates requested outside of the listed NABC dates are subject to availability at the hotel and can be requested through the waitlist option. They are not guaranteed.

    How do I change or cancel my booking?
    Use the ConferenceDirect link or phone number provided in your confirmation. Changes must be requested via ConferenceDirect before the listed cut-off date. After that date, you need to contact the hotel directly.

    Who to contact for booking issues?
    Reach out to ConferenceDirect customer service by phone at 855-956-0776 or email at acbl@conferencedirect.com with issues booking through ConferenceDirect. If you made your reservation directly with the hotel or another service, please contact the hotel.

    Is transportation to the NABC venue included?
    Depending on the hotel’s availability, there may be a shuttle service. Check the NABC page of ACBL’s website or the hotel website for availability.

    Are roommate matching services offered?
    No, participants must arrange their own roommates.

    Can I earn hotel loyalty points with my booking?
    Yes, if you provide your loyalty number during check-in at the hotel.

    What if the official NABC host hotels are full?
    Reservations at the host hotel are not guaranteed. If the room block is full, ConferenceDirect or the ACBL may suggest alternative accommodations or provide a link to make reservations at additional locations.

    Are group bookings available for bridge clubs?
    Yes, you will need to contact the Meeting Services Department at ACBL 662-662-3173 or nabc@acbl.org.

    How soon should I book my hotel for the NABC?
    Reservations open nine months in advance of the NABC for ACBL Patron members and six months in advance for all other ACBL members. Note that rooms in the official block tend to fill quickly.

    Will I pay the full price upfront for my hotel?
    No. While credit card information is taken upon reservation, you will be charged at check-out (unless hotel policy states otherwise).

    Is there a deadline for the discounted NABC hotel rates?
    Yes, check the NABC page of ACBL‘s website for the booking cut-off date.

    Can I book hotels for the NABC outside ConferenceDirect?
    You are not required to book through ConferenceDirect, but doing so is the only way to access the specially negotiated rate for members. Neither ConferenceDirect nor the ACBL can help with reservations, waitlists or special requests if booked otherwise.

    What does it mean to be waitlisted?
    Being waitlisted doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no available rooms. It indicates that the requested accommodation is not immediately confirmed due to various reasons.

    • Examples of waitlisted scenarios:
    • • Insufficient contracted rooms for that night.
    • • Requested night falls outside our contracted dates.
    • • Limited inventory available for the requested night.
    • • Specific room type not available.

    How are waitlisted reservations managed?
    To address a waitlisted situation, ConferenceDirect takes the following steps:

    • • Contacts the hotel to check for availability at our contracted rate; if unavailable, explores options at the rack rate.
    • • Adjusts the room block by reallocating rooms from other blocks (e.g., patron, staff, board, etc.).
    • • May adjust from another block or negotiate with the hotel for additional room availability.

    In some cases, there might not be an immediate fix available. In such instances, we determine the best alternative among our other contracted hotels. If you encounter this scenario, please direct inquiries to nabc@acbl.org.

    Schedules & Fees
    Each NABC has a wide variety of events each day, whether you’re just starting out, looking for gold points or aiming for an NABC title. The Full Schedule shows each event broken down by date and time and is color coded to help you find games to suit your interest.

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    2024 Las Vegas HTML Schedule

    Thursday, November 28

    12 pm International Fund Pairs
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    International Fund Swiss Teams
    International Fund 299er Pairs
    5 pm Educational Foundation Pairs**
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    Educational Foundation Swiss Teams**
    Educational Foundation 299er Pairs**

    Friday, November 29

    10 am Friday Morning Side Pairs
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 3 pm NAIL LIFE MASTER PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Open Bracketed Round Robin Teams
    New Time!
    1 & 7:30 pm
    SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    2-day Swiss Qualifying and 5-day KO
    3 pm Friday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Friday Evening Side Pairs
    Fri-Mon Evening Series

    Saturday, November 30

    10 am Saturday Morning Side Pairs
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    Bridge Plus
    Free: 12 deals (0–20), follows 8 am lesson
    10 am & 3 pm NAIL LIFE MASTER PAIRS
    NABC 0–2500 PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Open Bracketed Round Robin Teams
    10 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    NABC 0–10,000 SWISS TEAMS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    3 pm Saturday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Thu-Sat Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Saturday Evening Side Pairs
    Fri-Mon Evening Series

    Sunday, December 1

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    10 am Sunday Morning Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    Bridge Plus
    Free: 12 deals (0–20), follows 8 am lesson
    10 am & 3 pm MITCHELL OPEN BOARD-A-MATCH TEAMS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    SUPER SENIOR PAIRS
    Must be 75 or older; 2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    NABC 0–2500 PAIRS
    Open Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Swiss Teams (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Swiss Teams
    10 am & 3:30 pm NABC 0–10,000 SWISS TEAMS
    3 pm Sunday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Sunday Evening Side Pairs
    Fri-Mon Evening Series

    Monday, December 2

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    10 am Monday Morning Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 3 pm SUPER SENIOR PAIRS
    MITCHELL OPEN BOARD-A-MATCH TEAMS
    NABC 0–10,000 IMP PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    3 pm Monday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Monday Evening Side Pairs
    Fri-Mon Evening Series

    Tuesday, December 3

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    10 am Tuesday Morning Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 3 pm KAPLAN BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    2 qualifying, 2 semifinal & 2 final sessions
    WHITEHEAD WOMEN'S PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    NABC 0–10,000 IMP PAIRS
    0–6000 BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    2 qualifying, 2 semifinal & 2 final sessions
    Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    3 pm Tuesday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Sun-Tue Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Tuesday Evening Side Pairs
    Tue-Fri Evening Series

    Wednesday, December 4

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    10 am Wednesday Morning Side Pairs
    Wed-Thu Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 1:30 pm NABC 0–10,000 FAST PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    10 am & 3 pm KAPLAN BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    WHITEHEAD WOMEN'S PAIRS
    0–6000 BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    3 pm Wednesday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Wed-Thu Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Wednesday Evening Side Pairs
    Tue-Fri Evening Series

    Thursday, December 5

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm SOLOWAY KNOCKOUT TEAMS
    10 am Thursday Morning Side Pairs
    Wed-Thu Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 1:30 pm NABC 0–10,000 FAST PAIRS
    10 am & 3 pm NABC+ MIXED PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    0–6000 BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    10 am & 3:30 pm KAPLAN BLUE RIBBON PAIRS
    3 pm Thursday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Wed-Thu Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Thursday Evening Side Pairs
    Tue-Fri Evening Series

    Friday, December 6

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm REISINGER BOARD-A-MATCH TEAMS
    Pre-registration required by 8pm 12/5; 2 qualifying, 2 semifinal & 2 final sessions
    10 am Friday Morning Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
    10 am & 3 pm NABC+ MIXED PAIRS
    Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
    Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Open Bracketed Round Robin Teams
    10 am & 3:30 pm KEOHANE NORTH AMERICAN SWISS TEAMS
    2 qualifying, 2 semifinal & 2 final sessions
    3 pm Friday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    7:30 pm Friday Evening Side Pairs
    Tue-Fri Evening Series

    Saturday, December 7

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm REISINGER BOARD-A-MATCH TEAMS
    10 am Saturday Morning Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
    10 am & 3 pm NABC 0–6000 PAIRS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
    Gold Rush Pairs
    Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    10 am & 3:30 pm KEOHANE NORTH AMERICAN SWISS TEAMS
    NABC+ MIXED SWISS TEAMS
    2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
    3 pm Saturday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs

    Sunday, December 8

    9:30 am & 3:30 pm REISINGER BOARD-A-MATCH TEAMS
    KEOHANE NORTH AMERICAN SWISS TEAMS
    10 am Sunday Morning Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
    10 am & tba Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
    Playthrough with a short break
    Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0–4000)
    Playthrough with a short break
    10 am & 3 pm NABC 0–6000 PAIRS
    10 am & 3:30 pm NABC+ MIXED SWISS TEAMS
    2 pm Sunday Afternoon Side Pairs
    Fri-Sun Daylight Series
    299er Pairs
    Stratification for open regional events is unlimited/2500/750 unless otherwise noted.

    Regional top-flight, mid-flight, and side pair events play 26 or 27 boards per session. Gold Rush pairs play 24 boards per session. Swiss and Round Robin team events typically play 24 boards per session, depending on the event or bracket size.

    In gold-point events of two or more sessions, overall awards and section tops are paid in gold to any strat that has a maximum of 750 or higher. Side Pairs Series pay gold only to the open strat, and it is necessary to play two or more sessions in the series to earn gold.

    All regional team events use the 20-point VP scale.

    I/N events are stratified as appropriate at the discretion of the director. No player may be over 300.

    All players must have an ACBL member number to participate in any event (ACBL member numbers are valid for life, even if your membership is inactive). Not a member? Join now!

    Entry Fees (per person/per session)
    All fees are subject to change without notice.

    Events ACTIVE ACBL MEMBERS
    WITH DISCOUNT
    ACTIVE ACBL MEMBERS
    WITHOUT DISCOUNT
    Premier NABC+ (Platinum points, some stages on screens)
    $1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
    $40 $50
    NABC+ (Platinum points)
    $1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
    $35 $45
    NABC (Gold and Red points) $25 $35
    Regional / Gold Rush (Gold and Red points) $22* $32*
    Evening Events (Gold and Red points) $22* $22*
    Intermediate/Newcomer (0-299er, Red points) $18* $28*

    * For Premier, NABC+ and NABC events, participants must be full ACBL members and up-to-date with their membership dues or services fees. For all other events, participants must be ACBL members (guest membership permitted). Inactive members may renew during the event, or pay a $5 upcharge per session.

    DISCOUNT ELIGIBILITY:

    1. Members who stay at a contracted hotel will be eligible to receive a $10 per session discount through their Entry Express entry. (Up to two members, per room night, non-transferrable.)
    2. To qualify, make sure that each ACBL member is listed as a registered guest at the contracted hotel for the duration of the stay.
    3. Each member will receive two discounts per room night plus two additional entries. (e.g. A six-night stay is equivalent to 7 days or 14 sessions of discount.)

    Members of the host district need not stay in a contracted hotel to receive the discount, but they must purchase through Entry Express.

    Team Entry Fees: For team events of three or more sessions, the entry fee is the base price of the event, times the number of people on the team. For example, an event with a base price of $35 is $140 for a team of four, $175 for a team of five, or $210 for a team of six. In all team events, except one- or two-session Swiss events, entry fees are charged on a per person basis.

    Screen Fees: Effective January 1, 2024, we are no longer charging screen fees for events.

    Youth & Junior Entry Fees
    All fees are in USD and subject to change without notice.

    NBO Junior Player Free Entry: Juniors named to teams to represent Zone 2 NBOs in world competitions (“Junior NBO Player”) will receive free plays for NABCs occurring between the time they are named to the team and the world championship. These free entries can only be used while playing in a team or pair made up of Zone 2’s NBO Junior Players.

    All other Youth and Juniors are eligible for free or discounted entries as follows (in USD):

    Events Youth
    age <21
    Junior
    age 21-25
    NBO Junior
    Player
    Premier NABC+ $15 $15 Free
    NABC+ $10 $10 Free
    NABC Free Free Free
    Regional / Gold Rush Free Free Free
    Evening Events(Gold and Red points) Free Free Free
    Intermediate/Newcomer Free Free Free

     

    For New Players
    Just getting started? Try the friendly bridge experience of the Intermediate/Newcomer Area at the NABC! This welcoming area features many chances to learn more (often for free) and practice with players at your skill level. Stop by the Intermediate/Newcomer Desk for more information.

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    Soak up some bridge knowledge, sharpen your skills and take your game to new heights as you learn from world-class teachers and players.
    Most days at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. before the morning and afternoon games
    Celebrity Speakers Schedule
    2024 Fall NABC Celebrity Speaker Schedule*Friday, November 29
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Saturday, November 30
    8 a.m. • TBD • Free Two-Hour Lesson
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    1-6 p.m. • Patty Tucker • Learn Bridge in a Day® • $25pre-registered or $30 at the door

    Sunday, December 1
    8 a.m. • TBD • Free Two-Hour Lesson
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    1-5 p.m. • Patty Tucker • Doubles in a Day • $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Monday, December 2
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Tuesday, December 3
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Wednesday, December 4
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Thursday, December 5
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    Friday, December 6
    9:15 a.m. • TBD
    2:15 p.m. • TBD

    *Schedule subject to change

    Learn Bridge in A Day?

    You’ll nail the basics of bridge in this interactive class that has both instruction and coached play. If you’re just starting, returning to the game or wanting to test the waters before taking formal lessons, this course is for you. Leave the class and take on a newcomer game!

    Saturday, November 30
    Time:
    1– 6 p.m.
    Fee: $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook
    Location: TBD

    Doubles in A Day

    Learn how to use the most common doubles. Come join us and explore the ins and outs of these bids!

    Sunday, December 1
    Time:
    1– 5 p.m.
    Fee: $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook
    Location: TBD

    Free Lessons

    Both lessons will be followed by a free 12-board game for newer players (0-20 masterpoints).

    Saturday, November 30
    Time:
    8am -9:45am
    Teacher: TBD
    Topic: TBD
    Location: TBD

    Sunday, December 1
    Time:
    8am -9:45am
    Teacher: TBD
    Topic: TBD
    Location: TBD

    Other Games
    Level up your experience at the Fall NABC with some bonus events! Experience two unique evening activities filled with a variety of entertaining games for bridge players and their companions.

    Beyond Bridge

    Picture yourself challenging Bob Hamman and Joe Grue at backgammon, John Hurd and David Grainger at Catan, Eddie Wold at cribbage, or George Jacobs at pretty much any game! No masterpoints, no directors (except as players), just snacks, a cash bar, friends and fun.

    Sunday, December 1 (tentative)
    Time:
    8:30 p.m.
    Location: TBD

    Bridge Mania

    Join us for bridge-themed games like Jeopardy, Family Feud, Wild Hand Tournament and “Whats the Score” Trivia. Light food, cash bar and prizes for winners handed out by ACBL Executive Director, Bronia Jenkins.

    Wednesday, December 4 (tentative)
    Time:
    8:30 p.m.
    Location: TBD

     

    Seminars & Meetings
    Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Louisville. Please check the NABC Daily Bulletin for the exact location of each session.

    Best Practices Teacher Workshop

    This workshop covers proven techniques designed to enhance the effectiveness of teachers in their classrooms. The focus is on how, rather than what, to teach. Participants may opt to demonstrate their Best Practices proficiency on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to earn certification as an ACBL Best Practices teacher. For more information visit acbl.org/bpteacher.

    Friday–Sunday, November 29 – December 1
    Time: 1–5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.–noon Saturday and Sunday
    Fee: $125 Assessment Fee (optional) $25
    Location: TBD


    Reception for Club Officials and Teachers

    The ACBL hosts this reception to say thank you to the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. We invite club managers, teachers and club directors to attend. A light meal and adult beverages will be served. Event is free, but registration is required. Walkup admittance is not guaranteed.

    Friday, November 29
    Time:
    6:30 – 8pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Coming soon

    Learn Bridge in A Day? Instructor Accreditation

    This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

    Saturday, November 30
    Time:
    12:30–8:30 p.m. You will serve as a table helper during the LBIAD class from 1 to 6 p.m.A light meal will be provided 6–6:30 p.m.
    Fee: $75
    Register: Email Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com

    Contacts

    Tournament Committee

    Position Name & Email
    Tournament Co-Chair Liz Hamilton Envelope Link
    Tournament Co-Chair & Partnership Chair Rolf Houtkooper Envelope Link
    I/N Co-Chairs Toby McEvoy
    Chris Hahn
    Treasurer Brian Marsh
    Welcome Desk Julie Clark
    Prizes Marion Brum de Barros
    Volunteers Ev Dahl
    Publicity Chair Cindy Shoemaker
    Education Liaison Sharon Smith


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