SCBC Virtual Bridge Clubs on BBO
The Santa Cruz Bridge Club is a certified ACBL Virtual Club (vClub) on BBO which awards masterpoints! Game times, details and results are on this website: e.g., Game Calendar shows all the upcoming games; Results lists all completed games. If you have not played in a Virtual Club BBO game (vClub), here's a tutorial.
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Find SCBC vClub Game on BBO
Ten to fifteen minutes before game time, login to BBO, click "ACBL Virtual Clubs", then again on the next page. In the upper right corner you'll see Search; enter "Santa". Click on "Santa Cruz Virtual" for your entry. Enter your partner's BBO name and click Enter. You can pay for yourself only or for both of you. You and your partner are automatically taken to the game when it starts.
Establish Your BBO Account
You must have a BBO account to participate. To create a BBO account, go to www.bridgebase.com, click "Login/Register" (top right), click "Become a member (free!)" and lastly create a BBO username and password (yes, another password!). Be sure to enter your ACBL number. (See Tutorial page 1)After joining, new BBO members must send their ACBL number and BBO name to Ken Llacera register for these games. We suggest you play in several free tournaments run by Ken G before entering the virtual club games.
These games have a table fee of $6. These fees help pay the SCBC rent. You pay on BBO with BB$; to purchase BB$; here's the link. The same link is on the top of the screen label "BB$".↑ToC
Register ACBL Number on BBO
When establishing your BBO account or if you are already on BBO but didn't include your ACBL number when you created your BBO account, add it now to get masterpoints and to be eligible to play in certain games. Log in to BBO, Click "ACBL World"; click "Update Your ACBL Number" at bottom of list and follow directions. (See Tutorial page 6)↑ToC
If you want to play but don't have a partner, use the Partnership Desk. Go to the tournament and click on "Partnership Desk". (See BBO Tutorial page 7) The system will show you who is already there. You have the ability to accept an offer to play or reject it. You can also email the director to try finding a partner for you. These requests must occur at least 2-3 hours prior to game time.
Robots may be purchased ($0.25) for some games. The robot option is disabled for 99er and 199er games and Mentor-Mentee games.↑ToC
We allow 8 minutes a board for 99er and Mentor-Mentee games and 7 minutes a board in Open games. This is plenty of time to bid, make a plan and play the hand. Please be considerate of all participants and play in tempo.
The system automatically goes to the next round when the clock reaches 0! There's no late plays! The system makes a double-dummy determination, if possible, of the final result if you do not finish a board in time. If the system can not make such a determination, the director may be able to give the board a result. If not, typically the board is designated a "no-play" for the pairs involved, which does not affect your final percentage. However, players who are often late, will be warned first and given a penalty on subsequent boards when late again.↑ToC
There are no undos in these games. Please don't ask the director or the opponents for an undo. To help prevent misclicks, see "Misclicks article below".↑ToC
Alert Procedure Q&A
Q: How do I alert a bid?
A: BBO uses "Self-Alerting" When making a conventional bid, click on Alert in the bidding box, type your Alert message, then make your bid. Only the opponents see your alert message.
Q: My partner makes a conventional bid that is not alerted. Am I under any obligation to let the opponents know and if so, when?
A: BBO does not give you, as the partner, any indication if your partner has alerted a bid. Only the opponents get the alert and explanation. Therefore, always assume your partner has alerted appropriate bids.
Q: If an opponent asks about a bid, who can respond? Me or my partner?
A: No one should ask about a bid by "Chat to Table". They should ask by clicking on the bid in question. If the response is not clear or needs more explanation, click on the person who made the bid, that way the conversation is private.↑ToC
Q: If I misclick, do I tell the opponents?
A: A misclick is a mistake and cannot be corrected. Your only obligation is to tell the opponents your agreements. Because there is the ability to reveal your error solely to the opponents using the "chat-to-opponents", it would be a courtesy to the opponents to tell them your mistake and what you intended. We want to emphasize this must only be done using "chat-to-opponents".
Q: How do I prevent misclicks?
A: Change your Settings (under Account tab) to Confirm Bids and Confirm Play. This will slow you down enough so almost all misclicks are eliminated...not all mistakes however :)↑ToC
vClub Game Additional Details
- Table Fee: $6; $4.50 goes to the club. Paid using BB$.
- Days & Times: See Game Calendar.
- Free Tournaments: Free Tournaments after 3PM. These do not award masterpoints. These are casual games and allow undos, which are not allowed in vClub games.
- Boards and Rounds: Typically, 18 boards; 3 Boards per round; 7 minutes per board. If a Mitchell, all tables simultaneously play the same boards; with 6 or less tables, the default movement is a Howell.
- Masterpoints: Masterpoint (black) awarded. These are reported on ACBL Live for Clubs.
- Players: All SCBC members, associates and those who played in free tournaments are eligible. Friends of members will be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
- Stratification: Pairs are ranked based on higher masterpoints of the pair. Players without a registered ACBL number in BBO are assigned to A strat. The field is equally divided into A, B and C strats. With a 9 table Mitchell, there are three pairs in each of the strats.
- Partnership Desk: Use the Partnership Desk to tell others you're looking to play. You may also contact Ken L (email@example.com) well before a game begins and we'll try to get you a partner.
- Member Lookup: This function has been upgraded to include BBO name.
- Directors: Ken G and Ken L direct SCBC Club games; both are waiving director fees to maximize revenue.
- Mentor-Mentee Games:
- Mentors are unlimited, mentees may not have more than 500MPs.
- A pair may not have both players with more than 750MPs.
- Robots are not allowed.
- Mentors should be the one in the pair to "invite".