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. No registration fee for Newcomer division entrants.
ABT Championship Division
$300 entry fee; 90% return; $100 side pool, 100% return; double elimination, progressive consolation; 11/9/7 points; clocks required, 2m/12s settings
ABT Advanced Division
$150 entry fee, 90% return; $50 side pool, 100% return; clocks preferred, 9/7/5 points; 2m/15s settings
ABT Newcomer Division
NEW FTH BOARD EVENT
Announcing new 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 11 at 3:30 pm until Sunday at 11:30 am or field is filled. Entry fee $60.
All jackpots allow continuous entry until Friday at 7 p.m., winners of groups of 4 will be redrawn.
Miami Masters Jackpot
$500 entry; 90% return; $200 side pool; 11 points; groups of 4; clocks required, 2m/12s
Orlando Open Jackpot
$250 entry; 90% return; $100 side pool; 9 points; groups of 4; clocks preferred, 2m/12s
Lauderdale Limited Jackpot
$150 entry; 90% return; $50 side pool; 7 points; groups of 4; clocks preferred, 2m/15s
Palm Beach ProAm
$200 entry; 85% return; $50 side pool; 7 points; limited to one Championship player per team; clocks required, 3m/15s settings
$100 entry; $50 event fee; five 11-pt rounds; optional side pools; clocks required, 2m/12s. Starts Thursday morning at 11:30 am, resumes Friday at 10 am. Reserve a spot in this event by sending an email to Jeb Horton: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
Older and Wiser/Young and Restless
60+ eligible for Older and Wiser; <60 eligible for Young and Restless; $50 entry; 85% return; 7 points; single elimination; continuous entry until 9 pm Saturday; clocks required, 2m/12s settings
$50; 80% return; USBGF $400 added money for USBGF members; continuous entry starting Sunday at 11 am.
Four player Knockouts 80% return ($100, $50, $20; other amounts based on player interest)
Noted mathemagician Art Benjamin will present a seminar on handy tips to improve your game. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.