Main events are eligible for American Backgammon Tour (ABT) master points. The tournament registration fee is $40. Members of the U.S. Backgammon Federation receive a discounted rate of $25. Renew or join at usbgf.org. Registration fee is waived for Novice entrants.
ABT Championship Division
$275 entry fee; 90% return; $150 side pool, 100% return; single elimination, progressive consolation, and progressive Last Chance; 11/9/7 points; clocks required, 2m/12s settings
ABT Advanced Division
$125 entry fee, 80% return; $50 side pool, 100% return; clocks preferred, 9/7/5 points; 2m/15s settings
ABT Intermediate Division
$50 entry fee, 70% return; single elimination, progressive consolation, progressive last chance; 5/5/3 point matches; clocks optional, 3m/15s settings; Gammon Guys is donating an Artgammon travel backgammon board to the winner.
ABT Novice Division
$20 entry fee, 50% return. Registration fee waived for Novice players
FTH BOARD EVENT
FTH Board event at Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship. Single elimination 16-entrant jackpot to win this lovely custom-designed FTH board (value $850). Finalist receives $120. Continuous entries starting Friday October 9 at 3:30 pm until Sunday at 11:30 am or field is filled. Entry fee $60.
NEW -- Sunny Florida Classic
$1200 entry, 95% return
Swiss format -- six rounds of 11-point matches
Starts Thursday October 8 at 11 am
Sunny Florida Classic Package -- $1500 includes entry fee; recording and transcription of all matches with optional submission to BMAB; airport transportation; PrimeTime Backgammon magazine current issue; reserved playing spot
Masters, Open, and Limited Jackpots start at 2 pm on Friday October 9
Miami Masters Jackpot
$500 entry; 92.5% return; $200 side pool; 11 points; single elimination; clocks required, 2m/12s. Maximum of 32 entrants.
Orlando Open Jackpot
$250 entry; 85% return; $100 side pool; 9 points; clocks required, 2m/12s. Maximum of 32 entrants.
Lauderdale Limited Jackpot
$100 entry; 80% return; $50 side pool; 9 points; clocks preferred, 2m/15s. Maximum of 32 entrants.
Palm Beach Doubles
$200 entry per team; 80% return; $100 side pool per team; 7 points; clocks required, 3m/15s settings. Open to players who are not active in Jackots. 7-pt rounds. Single elimination.
$100 entry; $50 event fee; five 11-pt rounds; optional side pools; clocks required, 2m/12s. Starts Thursday morning at 11:30 am, final round Friday at 10 am. Reserve a spot in this event by sending an email to Jeb Horton: email@example.com. Registration is limited to a maximum of 24 players on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $50 and the entry fee is $100 (100% return). The top two finishers plus ties will be paid out using the ABT formula for Swiss payouts. If there is sufficient interest, there will also be side pools for PR and placing. The transcription fee is an additional $30; Any player wishing to help with transcriptions, including their own matches, will receive $12 for each match transcribed. Matches to transcribe must be assigned by the Director. The format of the tournament is truncated round-robin where each player plays five rounds of 11-point matches for 55 Experience Points. The first three rounds will be paired in advance by random draw. The final two rounds will use Swiss paring rules, increasing the chance of having an outright winner. All matches will be played with game clocks, which will be set with 22 minutes of bank time and a 12 second delay for each match. All matches played will be recorded and subsequently transcribed to electronic match files which will then be analyzed by the current version of eXtreme Gammon using BMAB settings (Standard World Class, but with “Gigantic” search interval, 15x8 bear-off database, and resignation errors counting).
USBGF National Championship Regional Qualifier
Free first entry for USBGF members; $50 re-entry and entry for non-USBGF members; 80% return; USBGF $500 added money for USBGF members; continuous entry starting Sunday at 11 am. Must not be alive in the ABT event to be eligible to play. Winner receives a spot in Round of 16 in 2021 USBGF National Championship with $5,000 added money i prize pool.
FTH Board Event
16-player single elimination board event. $60 entry. Winner receives Sunny Florida FTH board ($850 value), second place receives $120.
$200/$100/$50/$20 8-player Jackpots, return of 95/90/80/80% respectively. Women's Jackpots at $50/$20, 80% return. Super Seniors (70+) $100/$50 90/80% return. Single elimination. Jackpots must finish the same day they start. Winner take all.
TALKS AND NEWCOMER ATTRACTIONS
Art Benjamin, noted mathemagician and TED Talk speaker, will be giving a talk on "All About the Race" on Sunday October 11 at 9 am. Gary Koscielny and Phil Simborg from the Backgammon Learning Center will be speaking to Newcomers on Saturday October 10 5-6 pm covering Basic Tournament Play Rules and Strategy.