Instructions for BBO table hosts

1) The designated host at each table for the day (which will one of those signed up whom I have designated as table host) will need to do the following after signing in (it looks like a complicated process, but it is not – you will soon get the hang of it):

2) Click ‘Casual’ where the page looks like this:

3) From the new menu click ‘Start a table’


4) At the top of the new page you will need to choose the scoring system (top left hand corner of your screen). The default setting is IMPs and I suggest you use that. Your score will then be compared to everyone else who has played the same hands online before, not just those in our Oxford group. Alternatively opt for total points; do this by clicking on the arrow that is next to IMPs (the little arrow indicating that it is one of several options). Helpful to add a table name and number under description but this is not essential.

6) Kibitzers are spectators. You can choose whether to allow them or not. For me to watch and comment on your game you will need to make sure that “allow kibitzers” and “allow kibitzers to chat with players” is on (=in colour) and also click the box saying “permission required to kibitz”.

7) You will also need to click where is says “permission required to play”; when you have done this the page you are looking at should like this:

8) Now reserve seats for the people who you expect to play with. To reserve a seat click on North, South, East or West and then enter the BBO username of the person. If the person’s name appears in blue then they are logged in, if it is in red they they are not currently logged in, although you can still proceed and the seat will be reserved for them. Here is an example. Note that my BBO username is arbo1 when running any of our events. (I also have two other aliases I use to make up tables). I have sat myself at all four seats but you will obviously not be sitting yourself in every position but including others whose usernames you either know already or have been given.

8) Then you are offered a choice between ‘Start Table – Relaxed game’ or ‘Start Table – Competitive game’. Choose the latter and it will take you to the table you have set up. It should look like this:

If a player’s name is in red it means that they are not at the table but the seat will still be reserved for them. If they are online they will be sent an invitation to join the table. All they need to do then is click the little square saying “join”. The crown by East’s name identifies who is the table host.

9) The game will now start as soon as all four players are at the table. The first person to bid will be the dealer, as in normal bridge. This is represented by the letter D in the top left hand icon with the deal number (1 in this example).  You are good to go! With a bit of practice all these steps will become second nature and it will only take you a minute or so to set the whole thing up.

10) Whenever you see a little blue box with three horizontal lines on it that tell you that there is a dropdown menu behind it, which you accessibly clicking on the box. On this view the box includes an item called Table Options which will take you back to the page where you entered the permissions and names of players in your game.