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Governance, Policies and Forms
Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday Night Jackpot
The first Monday of each month is Jackpot night! Top placed players on each Jackpot night qualify for the Jackpot final at the end of the year where they can compete for a share of the Jackpot that is accummulated over the year.
Each month throughout the year, on Jackpot night, the TBA will put aside $1.00 per player towards the Jackpot prize fund.
Pairs that finish first or second on a Jackpot night will qualify for the Jackpot final in the section in which they played. Please note that players must have fewer than 150 masterpoints to qualify for the Blue Section Jackpot final. Qualifying players do not need to play in the finals with the partner with whom they qualified, they may play with any other qualifying player in the appropiate section.
The Jackpot finals will be held on the second Monday in December (in 2020 this is Monday 14 December). This will be a red masterpoint event. The Jackpot prize fund will be divided equally between the two sections. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in both sections.
So far the following players have qualified for the 2021 Jackpot final:
Blue Section (< 150 MP):
Session results are here: Jan (single section)
Pink Section (Open):
Session results are here: Jan (single section)
Standard table money is $8.00 per player, or $6.50 concession. Members seeking the concessional rate must show their concession card to a Director so that they can be recorded in the register. Special sessions such as Red Point events may incur a different charge (eg "Normal + $1" sessions). Such charges will be detailed on the flyer, entry form or sign-up sheet for the event, and on the events section of the website. Members playing in two or more sessions on the same day pay $3.00 table money for the second and subsequent sessions. Note that this only applies to sessions with standard table money (ie excludes special sessions, lessons etc)
Members have requested a more convenient way to pay their table money than cash. As a first step the TBA is introducing booklets of prepaid table money vouchers. Participation in the voucher system is purely voluntary
Booklets contain 10 vouchers and cost $80 or $65 (Concession). Booklets can be purchased from Directors before the start of a regular session, with cash or credit card. Be aware that the Directors are often very busy in the minutes immediately before the start of a session (finalising the number of tables and sections, setting up the movements etc). Please avoid trying to buy booklets from the Directors in this period.
To use a voucher simply present it at the table instead of cash, and note the amount being paid in the 'Voucher' column on the table money slip. Vouchers can be used in conjunction with cash for sessions with higher than standard table money. Vouchers cannot be used for discounted sessions or lessons. Vouchers can be transferred between players (you can pay for your partner!). Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.
Pianola is a website that allows members to view and analyse their results. This includes the ability to replay hands with guidance, indicating the ultimate result of playing any card at each trick. Pianola also allows analysis of your results, session by session and over time.
The TBA pays for Pianola membership for all TBA members. Pianola accounts are created using an invitation email sent by the TBA. If you have not created a Pianola account and don't have the invitation email, just email the TBA and we will send another. If you have created a Pianola account but cannot see your results history when you log in, please email the TBA and we will look into it.
Fun fact: 'Pianola' is a piece of bridge slang - a hand that is so easy it plays itself.
The club has an extensive library of bridge books, carefully curated by our dedicated librarian - Richard Cooke. The library has books suitable for players of all levels. The library is located in the Vera Houdek room.
The library is for the use of the members. Books can be borrowed, but please read and promptly return your loans so that others can enjoy them. 2/3 weeks is a reasonable loan period.
The PC located in the Vera Houdek room is available for use by TBA members. This is particularly useful for colour printing system cards. A laminater is also available, ideal for keeping your system card from getting dog-eared. A supply of paper system cards is also available for members wanting to do their cards by hand.
ABF Masterpoint Centre
The ABF Masterpoint Centre gives players access to a wealth of information relating to masterpoints. Masterpoints Lookup allows you to search for any ABF player's masterpoint record by name, number, home club or event. The National, State and Club reporting sections contain a range of reports including McCutcheons, Most Improved Players and Top 100 Masterpoint Earners. Masterpoint balances and reports are updated monthly.
Fun fact: As at 30 April 2019 Ron Klinger was the all time top gold point earner, with 7,692.95 gold points!
TBA Committee 2020