PLAYING IN VIRTUAL SUN VALLEY BRIDGE CLUB GAMES
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You may begin registering for a Sun Valley Bridge Club game 2 hours prior to the start. You will not even see our pending game before that time. Games are Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Mountain.
If this is your first time to play in our virtual game, please check with Jo Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be sure you are in the database. This is a special database for online players – not a database we use for anything else.
You must have a free account with BridgeBase.com (BBO) and be familiar with playing on the site. If you have trouble understanding the BBO systems during the game, it is impossible for us to offer technical assistance.
You must deposit money on BBO (Bridgebase.com) prior to registering for the game. Your ACBL number must be in the BBO database prior to the game in order for you to get masterpoints. To enter your ACBL number, go to the BBO home page. See featured areas and click on ACBL World. Under the list of tournaments is a button that says, “Update your ACBL number.” You may play without listing an ACBL number, but you will be placed in the highest bracket.
Sign on to BBO. Note the updated URL: www.bridgebase.com/v3/
Add sufficient money to your BBO dollars BB$ (> 5$). Note that, depending how you transfer money to your account, it might take a day or two for the money to show up in your BBO account so take care of this right away.
Create an ACBL Convention Card or use a default convention card (SAYC). If you do nothing, it will automatically default to SAYC. That is what most people in our club play.
On the “Home” screen – select “Competitive”
On the “Competitive” screen – select “ACBL Virtual Clubs”
On the “ACBL Virtual Clubs” screen – select “Pending”
From the pending games find “Sun Valley Bridge” and select “Register”
You and your partner must be on BBO at the same time
Note that you register by inputting your partner’s name; your partner will then receive an invitation to register
Indicate whether you will be paying for yourself or for both
If you want to play but don’t have a partner, contact Jo Murray at email@example.com.
If you have any problems registering, contact Gary at 832-250-7534.
Log onto BBO about 10 minutes or so before the game start time and wait for the game to start. If you are not logged in, you may be unregistered and the game will start without you.
No undos allowed. (Hint: You can activate “Confirm bids” in “Account/Settings” to eliminate accidental bids.)
The boards “move” automatically after all boards are completed for the present round or if the timer reaches 7 minutes, whichever comes first.
There are no no-plays; if a board is not completed, then an adjusted score will be issued.
Consider rebooting your computer so it has a fresh start before the game. Be prepared for server glitches; BBO is overloaded and you get knocked off line now and again.
If you are blocked from registering or unable to rejoin the table, text/call 832-250-7534 (Gary) for help. We will play 18 boards, 3 boards per table and 7 minutes per board. The rounds change automatically when everyone has finished the three boards or when the timer clocks out. Watch the clock (timer) in the box that says MP (Matchpoints.)
Additional Note: it can be very difficult to log onto BBO at 1 p.m., as several major tournaments are starting then. We suggest logging on at 12:45 and playing informally until 1, or waiting until about 1:15 to 1:20. We expect to have plenty of room at our game, and it should be fine if you wait until 1:15 or even later to register.
If you are playing casual bridge on BBO prior to the game, end your casual game by 2:50. If you are not sitting there waiting when our game begins, you may miss the automated announcement that the game is starting. We don’t know the details – It is a recent problem with a change in the BBO software and we were alerted to this by plenty of room at our game, and it should be fine if you wait until 1:15 or even later to register.
If you have any technical problems, please call Gary Kuchcinski at 832 250 7534.
Your BBO Profile
Please check your BBO Profile, and update it with your real name or at least with enough information that your friends can recognize you. Our virtual games are a great way to keep in touch, and it’s much easier if we can click on our opponents’ names and find out if we know each other.
Go to Bridgebase.com and scroll down to the green bar, “Feature Areas.” Scroll to Virtual Clubs and click. Then go to ACBL-North American and then to Complete Games.” Scroll to Sun Valley Bridge. Results with people's real names, rather than their BBO user names, are posted about an hour after the game at weeklybridge.com.
Use the “Hand Records” tab at the top of the screen on the log-in page. If you are already logged in, you can click on the “History tab” in the vertical bar on the right side of the screen.