A. GAME SECURITY
HAND RECORDS: In addition to full instructions and a copy of the game regulations, the director receives copies of the hands to be played. The copies are enclosed in a sealed envelope, which must remain sealed until game time. At game time the director opens the envelope in the presence of a witness who verifies the envelope was not previously opened and it was opened at game time.
HAND ANALYSES: A second sealed envelope contains the hand analyses. This envelope is plainly marked and must remain sealed until the conclusion of the game. A witness must verify this opening.
The ACBL-wide game must be conducted by a club or higher-rated non-playing director. A playing director is allowed for games of one section with 17 or fewer tables.
C. NUMBER OF TABLES
For the participants to be eligible for district and ACBL-wide recognition, at least five full tables must be in play.
D. HALF TABLES
To help avoid half tables, each game should have a stand-by pair available. If necessary this stand-by pair may play free, but ACBL permits only one such free entry. It allows half-table games if the sponsoring club or unit submits a copy of the recap sheet with the report.
ACBL requires a minimum donation per player to the appropriate ACBL Fund for whose benefit the ACBL-wide game is held.
F. NEWCOMER SECTIONS
A newcomer section (a newcomer is a player with 20 or fewer masterpoints) may be run in conjunction with open or invitational sections or as an independent section. Awards for newcomers are 40 percent of those issued in the open game. Other regulations, including minimum donations, are the same as for open games.
G. INVITATIONAL SECTIONS
Invitational sections may be conducted independently or in conjunction with the open sections in ACBL-wide games. Awards for invitational sections are 80% of sectional rating. Other regulations, including minimum donations, are the same as they are for open games.
H. MASTERPOINT AWARDS
ACBL issues all masterpoint awards in accordance with the sectional formula for open pairs. It bases the awards on the class of the game and the number of tables in which the participants played. The game should be reported with a club’s month end report. If ACBLscore is not being used, the game director must complete the report forms and return them to ACBL. He or she must include on the report form the scores and player numbers for all ranked pairs as well as the percentage score for the two highest ranking pairs.