Virtual PADBC Club
The new reality for Peace Arch Duplicate Bridge Club is our Tuesday and Wednesday game will be held on BBO for the foreseeable future. Game time is 1:15 PM Tuesday and 7PM Wednesday.
HOW TO FIND IT
Log into BBO and the game is listed in “Virtual Clubs”. Click on All clubs. Look for the game under HOST “VACB221192” and “Peace Arch open pairs 1:15 PM”
NOTE: The game will not be visible until 2 hours before the game starts.
HOW TO REGISTER
Once you locate the game click on it and there will be four tabs: Registration— Details— Entries—Partnership
Click on the registration tab. Fill in your partner’s BBO name and click on “Invite”. Your partner must be online also, as he/she has to accept the invitation.
VACB221192 is my director’s name in BBO. You can send me a message by “chatting” with VACB221192. I am on line two hours before the game time.
Please register early. Once you register, you can do other things.
You can verify your registration by clicking on “entries” tab. Be back online in BBO at least ten minutes before the start of the game.
NOTE: At game time the BBO software checks to see if all players are online. If it thinks you are not, it will cancel the entry for the pair. Don’t be playing a casual or solitary game.
The game is a match-point Pairs tournament with 20 boards. You will have seven minutes to complete each board. Most of the features are programmed into the system by BBO and the director has no power to change them.
COST – $4.00 BB$.
UPDATE: 18 Jul 2020
People are becoming more familiar with using BBO. There has been a number of requests to play more boards. We are going to try 20 boards on Tuesday and 22 on Wednesday evening.
The week of 27 Jul to 2 Aug is going to be double the points and “Silver points”. The tables fees are increased for these games so the cost to play will increase to $5.00 for that week.
A couple of tips to make it easier. (1) Register early. I can usually help if you have an issue but not five minutes before game time.
(2) Best way to find the game is listed above or do a search by Host “VACB221192”.
If you don’t have a partner please advise me and I will attempt to find you a suitable partner. You can also sign in and put your name on the partnership tab.
The game has a partnership desk. Log on early and locate the tournament by host (VACB221192) and “Peach Arch open pairs 1:15 PM” Click on the partnership tab and add your name to the list.
You can invite someone who is already listed or wait for someone to invite you. You will always have the option to accept or deny the invitation.
If you have not found a partner before the game starts, remain on-line for a few minutes as I may be able to use you to fill up a table or a sit-out. You will be my first choice to fill any empty spots in the game.
If you attempt to register or put your name on the partnership desk and are rejected, contact me immediately either by sending me (VACB221192) a message in BBO or an e-mail. If you leave this to the last minute, I will have a tough time getting around to finding the problem and getting you in the game.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.
How to contact the director? — Click on the blue box with three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand side of the screen. The button to contact the director is there. Give a brief explanation of why you are calling. I will come to your table ASAP.
There are no UNDOs. Be careful with your mouse.
Chatting at the table should be very limited. Remember you only have seven minutes per board.
ALERTS? The normal alerts are expected but it is “self-alerting”. Before you make a bid that needs to be alerted, click the “Alert” button in the bidding box and fill in the explanation. Then make your bid. The explanation is visible to the opposition, but not to your partner.
If you want to know what a bid means, click on the bid and the person who made it will fill in the explanation. Again you only have a limited time to complete the board. DO NOT USE CHAT for Alerts.
In order to play in our game, players are required to complete the two following steps.
- Link your ACBL number to your BBO account. From BBO home page go to “Featured Areas “, then “ACBL World”. There is a button “Update your ACBL number” and follow the link to fill in the correct number.
The reason for this is to put you in the right stratification and to be awarded Master Points.
- Set up a BBO dollar account to pay for the games. From the home page of BBO click on the “BB$” button at the upper right.
Make sure you do this in advance of the game as there is sometimes a delay in crediting your account.
It is best to purchase BBO dollars from a computer and a web browser version of BBO. There have been reports of being charged an extra fee if you use your phone or tablet.
Remember BB$ are equal to the US dollar.
A very common problem is getting disconnected from BBO. Log back in as quickly as possible and you should be reseated right away. If this does not happen, contact me ASAP and I will attempt to reseat you manually.
Sometimes your screen will freeze and you cannot do anything in BBO. Log out and back in again and that usual fixes the problem.
Slow play should not be an issue. If you are finding you are constantly not finishing a round on time you are going to have to change our playing style. Leave “chat” until the end of the round—think ahead about your bidding and play–be ready to play when the boards change.
Playing on BBO is on the honor system, but they are also aware of the unique issue that it presents. They have put in software that monitors all activity and will alert the directors of any anomalies.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me ASAP. If you are new to BBO or have changed your BBO name, I will have to manually add you to the “pool” list so you can join the game.
If you are unsure about anything, again, contact me.
It is easier for me to correct something a couple days ahead of time than two minutes before game time.