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Tracking ACBL tournaments in the post-COVID world
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Well - it was bound to happen. Of the 81 ACBL F2F tournaments held since August 4th of last year, this past weekend's Garden Isle Sectional in Lihue HI became the first to exceed its total tables from two years prior. While there might be some justification to celebrating a bit more seriously if this happened, say, with the Lone Star Regional coming up next week (tables in 2020: 3,052), there is no denying that 53 tables is greater than 52. What a shame we can't all be on Kauai for a few days to say congratulations. Ranked #42 of 48 so far in terms of size for Open Sectionals, Lihue HI is the first of any ACBL post-COVID event to exceed a comparative table count of 100%.
Completely random note for tournament organizers: The Monterey Regional ended up owing the host hotel $87,000 for unused rooms. Wasn't specified if it was all the unused block of hotel rooms or included unused ballrooms, but. . .that's a few entries.
The omicron variant is really creating havoc at the moment; not just with the F2F crowd at the club (see the clubs page), but a rash of very, VERY last minute cancellations for tournaments have taken place this week.
The Silver on the Strand Myrtle Beach SC Sectional, scheduled to start two weeks from now, has just been canceled (1/19).
The Little Rock AR NLM event slated to start Friday was cancelled (1/20).
This week's Sectional in Vero Beach FL was cancelled as of last week.
Also on the 11th, Red Deer AB cancelled their sectional slated for Friday.
Finally, F2F games have been suspended at Paget BE, cancelling their 4-day sectional starting this week, and the NLM event at St Simons Island GA for Friday has also been cancelled by District 7. Tough sledding.
Farther down the road, the Illini Regional in Champaign IL the last week of May has been cancelled (1/21).
Something of a quiet week for ACBL F2F tournaments this week; two Open Sectionals being held. Lexington KY's Cabin Fever Sectional (169 tables in 2020) and Williamsville NY's Winter Sectional (117 tables) will be hosting players for silver points. They each start Friday morning, so updates on the 2022 table counts as they come in should be posted Friday afternoon. COVID vax and masks required at both, but keep in mind this is the week that the ACBL has designated online play as all silver points. . .and 2x silver at that!. . .which may dampen F2F turnout at these tournaments.
Houston TX starts their Lone Star Regional next week. COVID proof and masking will be required in Houston - here is hoping they have a great turnout, and once again no major illness outbreaks. You may have seen the post about NLM tables at regional tournaments (or the lack thereof, the graphs are below) but Houston has thirty (30!) NLM single sessions scheduled - so there's clearly no shortage of options for the NLMs here. Once we get to next week, I'll have an update for both tables by day and a look at the NLM single session tables as well.
HISTORICAL F2F REOPENING TOURNAMENT COMPARATIVE TABLE COUNT DATA (Click on any graph to enlarge + open in new window)
CUMULATIVE TOURNAMENT TABLES
By Type of Event
REGIONAL NON-LIFE MASTER TABLE DATA
Regional NLM Single Session tables
Regional Gold Rush 2-session tables
REOPENING REGIONAL RESULTS
MYRTLE BEACH '22
KANSAS CITY 2021
PALM SPRINGS '21
LAS VEGAS 2021
HILTON HEAD '22
BOCA RATON 2021
FALL NABC - AUS
ALL ACBL TOURNAMENTS + TABLE COUNTS
All 68 ACBL F2F Tournaments in 2021
Just this week the ACBL came out with their spring schedule for online tournaments. Although there was a break in the action during the month of December, another online regional has been scheduled - this time during the month of March. This online regional will take place March 24th to the 27th (exact schedule TBA). This will be another opportunity for online players to get some gold points, so long as they don't mind paying $15 for 18 boards. (Keep in mind these online regionals remain huge moneymakers for the ACBL, even as online participation dropped during 2021. HUGE moneymakers.)
2021 Online Regionals Table Count Comparison (February = 100, click to enlarge):
2021 Tricks and Treats Online Regional October 28-31 (by session, by day, click to enlarge):
No 99er contests, two-session pairs events each day for Open, Mid-Flight, and 749ers cut back to one a day. The online regional eight months ago had 19 daily events for players, now it is 11.
2021 Virtual Vacation Online Regional August 12-15 (by session, by day, click to enlarge):
99er contests eliminated, 3rd Mid-Flight pairs option eliminated.
2021 Endless Summer Online Regional June 24-27 (by session, by day, click to enlarge):
3rd Open pairs session and 3rd 749er pairs session for each day eliminated.
2021 Play@Home Stay@Home Online Regional April 22-25 (by session, by day, click to enlarge):