Bridge Base Online Help

Hosting a Bridge Table

What is involved with hosting a bridge table on Bridge Base Online (BBO). What duties does a table host have? What can a table do and what should a table host not do? How can I access the table host tools? How did I get to be a table host, since I was just playing here? These are all frequently asked questions on BBO.

Table host duties

A table host on BBO has control over all aspects of their table. These include whether or not kibitzers can attend a table, and whether or not they can chat with players at the table. The table host can determine if players need permission to play. The table host can decide to have GIB robots play if a seat becomes vacant. And the table host can remove stuck players. A table host can even choose to use specific boards, or random hands.

See our help files under the Casual Play section of the help files index for details on how to set up your own table.

Do's and Don'ts for a table host

Common sense and manners for a table host will make sure your table is fun and friendly for all players. Booting players from your table is tracked by the BBO server and excessive booting can result in a player being restricted from hosting tables.

Table option tools

If you find yourself as a table host when formerly you were playing at the table, you need to know how to take care of any problems that arise at your table, and how to change anything you want to modify.

Click the blue Table button on the bottom left hand corner of the BBO window, above the chat window.

This brings up the Table options window which allows you to change most things at your table, with the exception of the Scoring type and the club in which the table is set up. To change either of those two things, you need to close the table start over.

How do I....? It mostly starts with clicking the Table button

If you want to do this:

Click on this button

Complete task

Change table descriptionType or modify the description under the Description heading in your Table optionsClick Apply and Close button
Reset scoreClick Reset score buttonClick close button
Remove stuck playerClick player's username under the heading Remove a PlayerClick Close button
Allow all kibitzersCheck box next to Allow kibitzers under Privacy options headingClick Apply and Close button
No kibitzers allowedUncheck the box next to Alow Kibitzers under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Allow kibitzers to chat to tableCheck the box next to Allow Kibitzers to chat with players under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Stop kibitzer chat to tableUncheck the box next to Allow Kibitzers to chat with players under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Only selected kibitzers allowedCheck the box next to Permission require to kibitz under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
All players welcomeUncheck the box next to Permission required to play under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Only selected players can playCheck the box next to Permission required to play under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Invisible tableCheck the box next to Invisible under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Make table visibleUncheck the box next to Invisible under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Exclude new membersCheck the box next to Exclude new members under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Include new membersUncheck the box next to Exclude new members under Privacy optionsClick Apply and Close button
Require Minimum Completion Rate to playCheck box next to Minimum completion rate under Privacy optionsTwo step process, see next entry
Set up Minimum Completion RateUse the up and down arrows next to the numerical percentage, to go up or downClick Apply and Close button
Redeal a handClick the Redeal button on the horizontal row of buttons, next to the Table buttonClick Close button
View posted convention cardClick the NS CC or EW CC buttons on the horizontal row of buttons, next to the Table buttonClick Close button
UndoClick the Undo button on the horizontal row of buttons, next to the Table buttonOnce opponents agree, Undo is completed
ClaimClick the Claim button on the horizontal row of buttons, next to the Table buttonType line of play or tricks, and click Claim



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