Virtual Club Games on BBO This Week, May 25- May 30
It’s here, triple silver points week! All our games will offer triple silver points, so come and play with us this week. The cost of these special games will be 6.50 BB$. NEW THIS WEEK is a Saturday 499er game at 10:10. If you need silver points, we are offering you 3 chances to get them; there are 499er games on Wednesday, Thursday and now Saturday. We are continuing the Saturday morning open game at 10:35 that we started last week. On Memorial Day Monday, we will have our regular 2 games, 10:35 open and 6:30 PM open. Here is the schedule for this week with the times that registration closes:
Morning open games at 10:35, Monday through Saturday
BBO title is Open SOUTH BAY BRIDGE CLUB 10:35
Registration closes at 10:30
Evening open game Monday at 6:30
BBO title is Open SOUTH BAY BRIDGE CLUB 18:30
Registration closes between 6:20-6:25, depending on table count
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 499er games at 10:10
BBO title is 499er SOUTH BAY BRIDGE CLUB 10:10
Registration closes at 10:00
If there is a half table when registration closes, one pair will be able to register. If there are even tables, no new pairs will be able to register.
This is a reminder that players must not chat to the table for alerts or announcements. One of the good things about BBO is that unauthorized information is limited by the self-alert system. Please use the bidding box to make alerts and announcements (for example, transfers or a forcing 1NT). If you have a question about a bid by an opponent, click on the bid and type your question in the box. The response should also be typed in the box. Do not type a question or response and send it to the table, please.
If you are playing for the first time, please register AT LEAST 30 minutes ahead of time. You will need to check to make sure you have BB$ in your account, you cannot register without money. Also, please be online and waiting for the game to start AT LEAST 5 minutes before game time, and 10 minutes is better. If you wait too long and have trouble logging in, you will miss the game. The 2 most common reasons for registration difficulties are waiting too close to game time when you are a first-time player, and not having BBO dollars in your account when you try to register.
Sometimes you may see “Reserved (player name)” on a seat at the table during a game. This is because the player has lost the BBO connection. It may take a minute or two for the player to sign back on. Once the players logs back in to BBO, he will be immediately returned to his seat and can resume play. On rare occasions, it will take more than a minute or two for a player to log back in to BBO. If this happens, the director will put a substitute in place to play a board until the original player returns. When the original player returns, he will be put back in his seat when the board ends.
I have some more information about the limited points evening game that District 23 would like to try. The first game will be Thursday evening at 6:45. The director for the game is Dave White, he is a director in a club in the Valley. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find the game under Virtual Clubs, then ACBL-North America, then District 23 499er Pairs (although it may be a 299er or 399er game). He has asked that players register at least 30 minutes ahead of time. I would suggest emailing him the day before with your BBO name in case you decide to play. It will make the registration process so much easier if he has your name on the player list in advance. He is saying the cost will be $4, but he may have forgotten that it is silver points week with a much higher ACBL table fee. See what the cost is when he posts the game. Also for 499ers, we just learned that every Sunday District 23 runs a 499er game at 3:15. Registration will opens 2 hours ahead of the game.
See you soon on BBO for triple silver points week!