What do I put in the ID number field?
Your ACBL number. (If you don’t have an ACBL number, you can leave it blank, but you can click here to get an ACBL number for free.)
Are ACBL masterpoints awarded?
Short answer: No. 😤
Long answer: Early in the covid era, the ACBL contracted exclusively with BBO to run Virtual Club Games, Support Your Club Games, and Online “Regional” and “National” Tournaments. That contract prohibits awarding ACBL masterpoints for play on any other online platform (except for the grandfathered “unpigmented” masterpoint games on OKbridge and Swan).
Although it is technically feasible to post results from RealBridge on ACBLLive and have them masterpointed, ACBL policy prohibits us from doing so.
If you don’t like this policy, please write to your representatives on the ACBL Board of Directors and Board of Governors.
Even without masterpoints, we think RealBridge has so many advantages over BBO that many of us will want to play on RealBridge, at least occasionally!
How do I use convention cards?
RealBridge doesn’t support convention cards at present. It’s courteous to give your opponents a one-sentence system summary at the start of a round, and of course you should make the normal alerts and announcements (see the next question).
How do I alert?
The same way you alert (or announce) in face-to-face play: when your partner makes an alertable (or announceable) call, click ALERT and either say “Alert” or make the appropriate announcement.
(RealBridge does have other alert modes—self alerts, screens, screens with self alerts—but for now we’re using the face-to-face partner-alert mode.)
Can I kibitz?
Not yet. Delayed kibitzing is coming soon.
What if my device stops displaying what it should or stops responding to clicks?
First, try leaving the table and returning (by clicking Leave and then clicking the appropriate Sit button).
If that doesn’t work, try reloading or closing your browser window (or quitting your browser altogether) and then logging back into our RealBridge room (via the link you used in the first place).
How do I find a partner?
Meet others looking for partners at high-numbered tables. Log in at least 15 minutes before game time. Click a Sit button at a high-numbered table and talk with the others at that table. To move to a different table, click Leave, and then Sit. When you’ve found a partner, Leave the high-numbered table and Sit opposite each other at a low-numbered table.
(Players in the “lobby” can communicate by typing “chat,” but you can actually see and speak to each other if you Sit at a table together.)
Do I have to be a Westwood, Puritan, Midcape, or Dennis-Yarmouth member to play? Do I need permission to bring a guest?
No and no. Our RealBridge games are open to anyone.
I thought STOP cards were banned. Why do I see STOP cards on RealBridge?
The ACBL gave up on STOP cards because they were abused and ignored so often. On RealBridge, players can’t abuse STOP cards, because they’re automatically shown for ten seconds with every skip bid. Players can’t ignore STOP cards, because they can’t call while the STOP card is showing. It’s all good!
What will you charge for RealBridge sessions?
$5 after November 6. (Less than the $6 we charge on BBO, because RealBridge charges us less than BBO, and because the ACBL doesn’t get table fees for games without masterpoints.)
How will you collect table fees?
We’ll bill you monthly by email. You can pay with a check or via an electronic payment system.
I’m having audio and/or video problems.
Try clicking to restart the embedded audio and video.
Why am I hearing voices or noise?
Probably because a player’s microphone is picking up background conversation, radio, television, or other noise. You can figure out which player’s microphone it’s coming from by selectively turning down their volume (use the button to the left of each player’s name).
Why am I hearing echos?
Probably because a player’s microphone isn’t suppressing echos from his speaker. You can figure out which player the echos are coming from by selectively turning down their volume (use the button to the left of each player’s name). A player whose system isn’t suppressing echos should use a headset (or adjust the volume and placement of microphone and speakers).