Bridge Base Online Help

Pay tournaments

Under the section Play or Watch Bridge click on the line, List all tournaments. You will then be shown a listing of Pending (highlighted in a red background), All Tournaments starting soon.

Notice above the listing of tournaments are several options to refine the list (Pending, Running, Complete), a search window to type in, a Clear button to clear your search keywords, and a Refresh button. Pending tournaments lists games which have not yet started; click the option you want to change the games listed to Running tournaments, or Complete tournaments for recently completed games.

Immediately below the option buttons just described is a listing of tournament organizations - these are links you can use to restrict your tournament listing to ACBL Masterpoint Tournaments, BBO Masterpoint Tournaments, Robot Tournaments, Free Tournaments, or All Tournaments. Click a link and see the listing of tournaments which fall under that listing.

The Refresh button will renew the listing of games to add new games and remove games which have either begun or ended.

Click in the Search window above the tournament organizations listing, and type in a keyword, for example the username for the tournament host in the game you want to play. Tournaments matching that keyword will be displayed in the listing.

The Headings (Host, Title, Type, Start, Entries, Register), located above the list of tournaments can be used to sort the list. Click one of the heading names and watch the list change. To change back, click the heading again.

As always you will find valuable information about each of these games in the tournament description. Some of these tournaments award cash prizes in the form of BB$ in addition to the BBO Masterpoints you may win. However, it's important that you click the tournament description to read the specific rules for any cash awards. Often the BBO tournaments that award prizes depend on the size of the tournament and may also depend on membership. Click the line with the number of participants registered in the tournament to pull up the tournament description.

These entry fee tournaments are autonomous organizations using the BBO software to hold their games. This means that questions or problems that may occur in one of these tournaments need to be addressed to the organizer. You can find the contact person's email address for each of the organizations by clicking the Club Contacts link under the Bits and Pieces section.

Registering for a Tournament

Now you have found a game you're interested in playing so you will click the Register button on the second line of the tournament name, and to the right of the number of players already registered, and the time remaining until the tournament begins. The Register button also tells you the entry fee (if any) for that tournament. Register $1 means the entry fee is $1 BB$.

When you register for a tournament, you click the button agreeing to pay the entry fee. This gives us permission to deduct that entry fee from your account when the game starts. We don't actually do this, though, until you are seated in the tournament and you have begun playing.

So clicking the Register to Play! button only gives us permission, it doesn't actually pay the entry fee.

Partnership Options

A popup window gives you the option to fill in your partner's username and choose your payment option. Click the box if you will pay for both yourself and your partner. The default is you pay your entry fee and your partner pays their entry fee. Clicking the Invite button after filling in their username sends the invitation for your partner to accept or reject the payment option offered by your invitation.

Need help finding a partner? Click Show Partnership Desk. Scroll through the players who have added their username. Each of the names on the Partnership Desk will have specific information for that player. Clicking on the name of a person there will show you that player's profile and allow you to initiate a conversation with him.

You can also simply add your name to the Partnership Desk. If you want to add your name, click that button (Add your name), and select your Payment Option if this is a game with an entry fee.

When you find a partner you think will be compatible and fun to play with, click the 'Invite' button following their name, which accepts their offered payment option. To offer your own payment option, fill in their username on the left side of the screen, and click the Invite button. They will be sent a system message telling them you want them as a partner, and if they accept, the registration as a partnership is completed.

To review partnerships already registered for a pending tournament, click the "# of Registered Partnerships" link under the tournament name and number. On the right, you'll see a list of partnerships registered for the game.

Some tournaments offer the option to play with a robot partner. Clicking the "Register $" button will show if that option is available and if so, just click "Play with Robot (extra $0.25)" and the robot partnership fee is deducted from your BB$ account.

Substitute Players

Beneath the listing of tournaments you can click on the "Substitutes" button when you'd like to be a sub and don't really care which tournament. This will add you to the substitute list where any tournament director can call on you to sub in any tournament or team game.

To be added as a sub in a specific game, change the tournament listing to Running tournaments, refine your list of Running tournaments to BBO Masterpoint tournaments to locate the game you want to play in as a substitute player, and then click the Tables button on the tournament. Under the listing of tables is the "Substitutes" button. Clicking "Substitutes" will register you as a substitute player in just that one tournament.

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