Wednesday, June 9 - Sunday, June 13, 2021
No player will be allowed to play below his/her skill level. All times are Pacific (California = -7GMT).
HIGH EQUITY JACKPOTS: Single elimination, high equity. Side Pools are 100% return.
MASTERS: ($250 entry fee) 95% Return. Matches are 11 points. 2 optional Side Pools ($100 or $300). No clocks.
AMATEUR: ($100 entry fee) 95% Return. Matches are 9 points. 1 optional Side Pool ($50). No clocks.
MASTERS & AMATEUR JACKPOTS BEGIN Thursday, June 10 @ 5:00PM (Masters) and 5:30PM (Amateurs).
MAIN EVENT: Double Elimination (Fighter’s Bracket) with a Fresh Draw Last Chance. This means you have TWO chances to win the Main and THREE chances to win prize money. 85% return. (Side Pools are 100% return)
OPEN: ($200 entry fee) Match points are 11, 9 and 7 points for the Main, Fighter’s and Last Chance respectively. 2 optional Side Pool ($100 or $300). No clocks.
ADVANCED: ($100 entry fee) Match points are 9, 7 and 5 points for the Main, Fighter’s and Last Chance respectively. 1 optional Side Pool ($50). No clocks.
MAIN EVENT BEGINS Friday, June 11 @ 6:00PM (Open) and 6:30PM (Advanced).
HEROES SIDE EVENTS:
DOUBLES: Wednesday night on Heroes @ 3PM, 5PM, 7PM. $100 per team. Optional $100 per team Side Pool. Limited to 16 teams. 7pt matches. Clocks at 3/12
SPEEDGAMMON: Sunday at 5:00PM on Heroes. $___ entry. ?? NEED: # points, speed of clock, $ Side Pool, anything else?
GRIDGAMMON SIDE EVENTS: All are single elimination. $50 entry fees. No side pools. 95% return. 7-pt matches
"Warm Up" Jackpot: Friday @ 11:00 am.
“Craft Services” Dinner Jackpot: Saturday @ 6:00 pm.
“It’s a Wrap” Jackpot - Sunday @ 2:30 pm.
Audio & video communication through Skype are NOT required for Side Events.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
All times subject to change
WEDNESDAY, June 9
3:00 pm Doubles - 3 Rounds (3PM, 5PM, 7PM) 7 pts. Heroes clocks @ 3/12
THURSDAY, June 10
5:00 pm Jackpot - Masters Single elimination 3 Rounds (11 pts)
5:30 pm Jackpot - Amateur Single elimination 3 Rounds (9 pts)
FRIDAY, June 11
11:00 am SIDE EVENT: “Warm Up Jackpot” $50 Single Elimination (7 pts)
5:00 pm All Players - Zoom meeting. Check email for invitation.
6:00 pm ABT MAIN EVENT Championship Play begins 2 Rounds (11pts) Does the fighter's play on Fri night?
6:30 pm ABT MAIN EVENT Advanced Play begins 2 Rounds (9pts)
SATURDAY, June 12
9:00 am Fabulous Stupendous Extraordinary free lecture. TBA FREE FOR REGISTERED PLAYERS
10:00 am ABT MAIN EVENT resumes Open & Advanced - Rounds 3-8 (4 rounds / dinner / 2 rounds)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Dinner break
6:00 pm ABT MAIN EVENT Evening session Open & Advanced
6:00 pm SIDE EVENT: “Craft Service Dinner Jackpot” $50 Single Elimination (7 pts) - only for those with two losses in the Main
SUNDAY, June 13
11:00 am Fresh Draw Last Chance - Open (7 pts) & Advanced (5 pts) - 6 rounds
12:00 pm Main & Fighters continue - Main Rounds 9-12
2:00 pm JACKPOT: Semi-finals (Final if only 2 players remaining)
2:30 pm SIDE EVENT: “It’s a Wrap” Jackpot - $50 - Single Elimination (7 pts)
4:00 pm JACKPOT: Finals
4:30 pm ABT Finals begin - Open & Advanced (time is subject to change)
5:00 pm DOUBLES finals
5:00 pm SPEEDGAMMON: 7 pts. Heroes clocks @ 3/12
7:00 pm Expected end of play
Any player with a GridGammon account, in any time zone, is eligible to play providing they have the proper hardware and software (see TECHNOLOGY below). Tech coaches are available for those who would like help. Fees will apply but they are very reasonable.
THE HARDWARE: You will need a computer with camera and microphone. An external webcam and microphone will also work. Unfortunately, at this time, a cell phone alone will not satisfy the technology requirements of the CSCO.
THE SOFTWARE: We are using four software programs: Paypal, Skype, GridGammon, Challonge and Heroes.
PAYPAL: Yay! We are taking Paypal, Venmo, Zelle or mailed check. Paypal & Zelle are preferred and I'll suffer through Venmo if that's the only one you can do. Overseas guests will need to find a friend who can pay through Paypal on their behalf, until I can get Xoom going. Payment is made to: PipGal@ca.rr.com. Mail checks to: GAW c/o Candace Mayeron, 8601 W Falmouth Ave. #417, Playa del Rey, CA 90293, no later than May 31. Zelle to: Candace Mayeron @ 310-422-1646.
SKYPE: All matches begin with a Skype call between the two players. Both players will VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORD the entire match. The camera should be pointed at you not the screen. Both players will send the video file via Skype at the conclusion of the match. If you do not have the app or know how to submit a file, you should ask for a Tech Coach on the Registration Form.
GRIDGAMMON: All matches are required to be played on GridGammon. No matches are clocked. GridGammon can be installed on any computer, including one that is running Catalina. Both players must have their Auto-Save settings active and know where the match file is stored on their hard drive. Both players will email the match file at the conclusion of the match. If you are not yet registered on GridGammon, we will get you registered in fewer than 24 hours. If you have it but are unsure how to navigate it or you do not know how to submit a match file, ask for a Tech Coach on the Registration Form.
CHALLONGE: Matches and results will be posted on this site. You will need the program installed on your computer. If you do not have the app or are unsure how to navigate it, ask for a Tech Coach on the Registration Form.
HEROES: Only for Doubles & Speedgammon. If you do not have the app or are unsure how to navigate it, ask for a Tech Coach on the Registration Form.
TECH TRAINING AND TECH COACHES
We have six very highly skilled tech coaches, including for Mac Catalina. Tech coaching is optional and you may request on the Registration Form. If you do, you will be contacted within 24 hours by a coach who will discuss your needs and the probable fee. FEES ARE VERY LOW for a player with average needs. To our knowledge we are the only tournament offering this type of program and most online tournaments use the same software . . . so TAKE ADVANTAGE of this opportunity. Players unable to handle the technology during the tournament may be disqualified with no refund of entry fees.
We are very strong supporters of the USBGF and this is a USBGF-approved tournament. Membership in the USBGF is now required to play in all ABT tournaments, online or live. THIS INCLUDES OVERSEAS PLAYERS. Membership is as low as $40/year. Go to to register.
Please next read BEFORE YOU REGISTER and then click any blue REGISTER ribbon on most pages of this website.