BOTE is now successfully running online games, black points can now be earned online exactly the same as at our Club. Games are Monday and Thursdays at 1:35pm, 21 boards, and Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm, 18 boards, on BBO, www.bridgebase.com. Registration for all games starts two hours before game time. After you log on to BBO, under "Featured Areas” you will see “Virtual Clubs”, click on that and then “ACBL North America”. All BOTE games will be shown with Host: VACB265710 and our pair events will be clearly labeled BOTE, you can search for BOTE in the top right corner on the "ACBL North America" tab. These online Club games are open ONLY to BOTE members that have played at the actual club during the past year or who have bought memberships at BOTE, however there may be a substitute pair who are invited to play to prevent a sitout. You and your partner must both be online for registration. Cost is $5 US payable with BBO bridge bucks, which you can purchase online on BBO. A portion of the money goes towards BOTE to help with our ongoing expenses.
There are 21 or 18 boards in a game, three boards in a round which lasts 21 minutes. There has to be six tables for the game to proceed. If there are less than six tables the game is cancelled and your money refunded. As it is a ACBL sanctioned game, there is a local Director available during the game, although most Director related problems like revokes, insufficient bids and leads out of turn are eliminated by computer technology. The Director may be called by accessing the three horizontal bars at the top right hand side of the screen when the game is in progress. There are no ‘undos’ allowed during an ACBL game so be careful! You must alert your own bids before you make them.
Help is Available
If you need help getting started on BBO do not hesitate to email BBOhelp@bridgeontheedge.ca, we are happy to answer your questions. If you need a partner email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to connect you with someone.
1) Register on BBO, make sure to include your ACBL number when you do. If you do not have an ACBL number contact email@example.com with your BBO username.
2) Buy bridge bucks online, it is a safe and secure site.
3) Play some practice hands online to get used to the interface.
4) Register for the game two hours before game time on game day, your partner must be online when you register.
5) Show up 10-15 minutes before start time and wait for the hands to show up.
6) Connect with your friends at the club, play bridge and have fun!
7) Repeat on next game day.
Looking forward to seeing you online. If you have any comments or suggestions please email us at BBOhelp@bridgeontheedge.ca.