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12/5 UPDATE:  The holiday parties at your local bridge club have begun.  While there was a nice rebound to table counts from Thanksgiving Week, what really stands out over the past seven days is the tables per game on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Monday through Thursday's table counts were unremarkable this week - but Friday, Saturday and Sunday set new records for tables per game, with both Friday and Saturday up an entire table per game compared to the previous week - and Sunday's games averaging almost two tables more per game.  Cheers!



There was a new record on Sunday for total F2F tables reported (at 483), and for the week once again total tables topped 17,200.  Thanks to the holiday bridge parties, weekly tables per game topped 7 (at 7.02).

The Virtual Clubs suffered a drop in games provided (down to 674, a new low for a non-holiday week) but tables per game there were 11.21, that's the best number in 13 weeks.

ACBL/VACB online (Virtual) and Face to Face (F2F) Data
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FACE TO FACE Tables



F2F Weekly Tables


F2F Weekly Games


Average Tables per F2F Game


F2F Active Sanctions  by weekday


F2F Tables by weekday


F2F Avg Tables Per Game by weekday

   
VACB Tables



VACB Weekly Tables


VACB Weekly Games


Average Tables per VACB Game


% of all VACB tables that are teams

VACB Avg Tables/Game by weekday

Total VACB+F2F Tables vs 52 weeks earlier

   
HOW THEY FARE vs ONE ANOTHER



Combined Weekly ACBL Tables


Combined Weekly ACBL Games


% of all ACBL tables that are F2F


Y-O-Y Change In Table Counts


Weekly VACB vs F2F Tables


Change In Table Counts since Jan 2




ACBL Active Clubs since 1991
Figure A

   


ACBL Active Memberships since 2014
Figure B

   


ACBL Annual Table Counts  since 1991
Figure C


PLEASE NOTE:




F2F HOLIDAY BRIDGE PARTIES ARE UNDERWAY
...and with them, a seasonal bump in attendance.  The week ending December 4th (2022) had some unremarkable table counts (and tables per game) for the period Monday through Thursday, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday - watch out.  Those three days this week set post-COVID records for tables per game, and each showed a huge increase from last week's games.  Friday and Saturday averaged more than an extra table per game, and Sunday averaged another TWO tables per game compared to last week.  Cheers!

 
PLAYERS PATTERNS PRACTICALLY PERMANENT?
Having a look at the first 36-week period of F2F ACBL tables in play at the big reopening (starting February 1st, 2021) and the most recent 36-week period of tables in play (ending November 20th, 2022) there really isn't a lot of difference as to when players like to play.  Monday is still the dominant day of the week, followed by Wednesday; the weekends are still barely attended in comparision.  If there's a "big winner" in the most recent 36-week period, it's Tuesday play.  Previously, Tuesday and Friday were practically tied (17.3% and 17.1% of all weekly tables, respectively). . .but this most recent 36-week period shows Tuesday vaulting to 18.2% with Friday dropping to 16.4%.  These mostly similar numbers come with 240% of the tables in this most recent period (557,780 vs 231,568 at reopening).

 
COLDER WEATHER IS BRINGING THEM IN
Although there will be some serious swings in table counts through the rest of the calendar year (see: Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, etc.), the trend of the past six weeks has been more and more bridge players attending F2F games.  Not just in total tables, but the average tables per F2F game hit a (post-COVID) record high ending the week of 11/20/22 - and the average tables per F2F game has been on the increase for the past seven weeks, just as the leaves fell and the chilly temperatures moved in.  If our very limited post-COVID history is any guide, the 2nd week of December will be the apex of this chart's data.  Stay tuned.

 
MONDAY F2F TABLES HIT MILESTONE
It took until November 14th (2022) to happen, but reported F2F tables on this Monday topped 4,000 for the first time in the post-COVID era.  There have been several weeks this fall in the mid-3,800 table range to start the week, and Mondays continue to be the day of the week with the highest table count during the week - but this is the first time in-person tables for Mondays blew past the 3,900s and topped 4K (by almost 200 tables!).  It's only the first day of the week - but this start to the week with such incredible participation will surely lead to another weekly record for tables ending November 20th.

 
WEEKLY F2F TABLES FINALLY TAP 17K 18K
Buoyed by a Royal STAC in a few districts, the week ending October 23 (2022) finally hit 17,000+ F2F tables.  There have been a few weeks during 2022 above 16,000 weekly in-person tables, and even just three days into the week it looked like October 23's numbers would be record-setting (passing the previous weekly high of 16,466).  A few late reports (and undoubtedly some private club tables that aren't reported to ACBL LIVE) helped push this week in question to 17,038 17,287.  (Ed: Four weeks later, tables popped 18,600.)

 
VACB ONLINE PLAY HAVING A TOUGH TIME
With the usual caveats that there are other online outlets for computer bridge play, and that VACB tables don't include ACBL's daily online games (only those in the virtual clubs!), the weekly trend for VACB tables continues to decline in pretty much every metric.  Here's a look at the weekly percentage of online tables compared to those one year ago.  While this past March we had ~45% of the online tables in March 2021, the past four weeks have seen a percentage falling into the upper 20s.  Colder weather hold hopes for a rebound - we'll know in two months or so.

 
THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN BRIDGE
It's tough to admit, but of course there is.  Over the course of 2022, each holiday or family get together takes a bite into F2F tables, and here's the proof.  The only pop in tables during the week in 2022 has come during the Tuesday and Wednesday of the 3rd week in June - which would be the Alzheimer's Ass'n Longest Day games.  Otherwise, you'll note each day's depressed table count as bridge players compliment their play and social interaction at the bridge club with the other things that round out their lives.

 
REGARDING THE ONLINE DECLINE
Total BBO tables for the month fell below 200K for the first time in June 2022; a dip during summer isn't unexpected, and 192K tables is still a pretty good number.  However the percentage of those monthly BBO tables that were played in ACBL virtual clubs declined again in June as well, now down to 23.5% of all BBO tables for the month.  

 
RATE OF ACBL MEMBERSHIP DROPOFF REMAINS STEADY
COVID-19's impact on ACBL membership was rough; for the 10 months from June 2020 to April 2021, ACBL members left bridge at the rate of averaging 1,290 players a month.  Since that time, however, while the dropoff in membership has continued - it is at a sharply lower rate (for the 13 months from May 2021 to June 2022, it's averaged 690 players/month).  While that is a significant slowdown, the dropoff has been quite steady - and shows no sign of flattening yet.

 
COVID NOT KEEPING PLAYERS AWAY THIS SUMMER
The summer of 2021 and its onset of the Delta variant of COVID-19 drove players back out of the clubs for several months; a steady decline in F2F tables through the summer bottomed out on Labor Day, but it wasn't until November 1st that table counts got back to pre-Delta variant levels.  This summer, COVID-19 is more contagious than ever, and almost every ACBL tournament has become a super-spreader event.  The difference with COVID-19 now is that it's not as serious an illness - and consequently players don't appear to mind the risk of infection.  Certainly not as much.  Weekly F2F table counts right now show a steady increase in year-over-year comparisons; not because there's an actual increase in week-to-week F2F tables right now (they've been steady at around 15,000 since May) but because there isn't a drop off as seen last year with COVID.

 
WHERE THEY ARE PLAYING A LOT OF F2F
It's probably no surprise that Florida (with six clubs) and Arizona (with five clubs) are the leaders in F2F tables in play during the last month.  April's "top 20" clubs around the US did come with a couple of surprises, with Omaha NE showing up at #20, but Indianapolis IN at #5 and St. Louis MO at #8 pretty impressive.  A few in SoCal and a couple in NY round out the top 20 this month.

 
F2F TABLE COUNTS AT THE BIG DOGS
Depending on the 30-day period you're looking at, with some 30-day periods having more Monday and Wednesday games than others, the 30-day F2F table counts at any given club can vary widely.  But just looking at the 30 days in April, to the right are the monthly table counts at the top 20 F2F clubs in the US.  690 tables were recorded at The Villages FL, with just a few tables each week separating clubs #8 to #20.  The Naples Bridge Center FL also doing a brisk business with 585 tables in April.

 
F2F TABLES AT POST-COVID HIGH
April 2022 has ushered in some stellar numbers for F2F bridge play, as the omicron variant has finally been overcome (for lack of a better term).  Not that COVID isn't still making the rounds, it is (five ACBL directors at Reno's NABC ended up catching it, along with roughly two dozen players). . .but attendance at local clubs has rebounded now so that it's the highest since clubs reopened back in January of 2021.  There's little doubt that there will be another COVID variant down the road - maybe more than one - but at least it's great to see that bridge players are resilient.  Given time, they do return to the table.

 
F2F RECOVERY: SLOW GOING
The third week of February 2022 saw the largest table counts for F2F games since the holidays (and omicron variant) hammered local clubs.  Even with the highest table counts in 14 weeks, they're still quite a ways off from the post-COVID high table marks held in early November.  Keep in mind that some local F2F clubs have still not yet re-opened following the latest COVID variant and its transmissability. . .but weekdays are now at 80% to 87% of the max table counts.  Weekends are not faring quite so well, at 68% for Saturday and 61% for Sunday.

 
OVERALL TABLES HIGHEST IN 11 MONTHS
Ahh, wintertime.  Combined F2F and VACB tables topped 30,000 for the week ending 2/13/22 for the first time in a non-online bonus MP event since March 2021.  Remember that back in March 2021, over 90% of overall tables were online.  Even with some clubs slow to open from the omicron variant of COVID-19, that number is now closer to 55%.  Apparently a lot less tennis and golf going on in February, but that's good news for table counts (and bridge in general).

 
ANOTHER POST-REOPENING VACB RECORD
Over the past nine months, lots of VACB games stopped operating due to everyone getting back to F2F and smaller tables per game making it more difficult to keep them going.  The phase-out (and ultimate elimination) of the VACB masterpoint multiplier also may have had something to do with the lowering turnout through the end of 2021.  But the combination of clubs closing due to the omicron variant, no real increase in available VACB games, and this week's 2x silver point games online has led to an online tables per game metric not seen since before F2F clubs reopened twelve months ago.  It's not likely to stay at these stratospheric levels, but right now online play is benefitting from the latest COVID mess.

 
VACB TABLES SKYROCKETING
As many ACBL clubs have shuttered (albeit temporarily) during this omicron business, the gains online for virtual clubs are skyrocketing.  Both VACB games and tables are now approaching levels that have not been seen since May 2021.  The ACBL is taking advantage of this by it's 2X Silver Linings week this week (1/18). . .and it's a real jump-start to the online bridge business that had pretty much collapsed once clubs had reopened for in-person play.

 
OMICRON'S SPREAD HAS BEEN VACB'S GAIN
Following the overtaking of F2F tables in November 2021, and then an all-around lull during the holidays, online ACBL action has really perked up since the latest COVID variant is making a mess of in-person bridge.  What was a clear downward trend for months has really reversed itself during the month of January, as more players are staying out of the club (for now) and playing online.  Games, tables, even tables per game online are all up big this month, and the ACBL has added more online tournament events (including another online regional in March).



 
IT'S OFFICIAL - MORE F2F TABLES IN PLAY THAN ONLINE
It took eight or nine months from reopening and was complicated by the Delta variant, but as of November 14th 2021 it is official.  More F2F tables were in play the week ending November 14th than were in play at virtual clubs.

The unadjusted numbers (which don't include late F2F table reporting and will only drive the F2F number higher) show a race tighter than any political result on election night - with F2F tables edging out VACB tables for the week by 2 out of almost 29,000.



 
INCREASING F2F TABLES OVERCOMING VACB DECLINE
Looking at the past ten weeks, overall ACBL tables in play have been on the increase; if you discard the Silver Linings week double-point bump in the VACB tables, you'll see that the increase in F2F tables has been enough to more than overcome the decline in VACB tables play  Clubs continue to open and weekly games continue to be added, and post-COVID record F2F table counts are still rising (now well past the point of the Delta variant business).  Note that these table counts do not include any F2F tournaments, which have also opened up over the past ten weeks, but who's counting?  (Ok, someone is, and that count is 4,566.)



 
F2F SOARING PAST PRE-DELTA VARIANT TABLE COUNTS
F2F table counts that were on the rise this year hit the skids in late July as the Delta variant messed things up for bridge.  Six weeks later, the bottom was hit, and between masking protocols and the realization that there's always going to be a variant around, players finally started coming back to the bridge table.  Most days for the week ending 10/24/21 table counts across the country have returned to that level of the week ending 7/18/21 - here's each day of this past week compared to the pre-Delta peak week of 7/18.  99% for the week as a whole!

 
MONDAYS CAN OCCASIONALLY BE A BIT DEPRESSING
If you've ever run a bridge club, and were wondering if you should have a game on Labor Day, you've no doubt gotten many responses from players that "every day is a holiday for me!" and of course you should have a game.  Despite that, not everyone does hold a game on holiday Mondays, and the four depressed days (for turnout) that are pretty obvious on Mondays just happen to be the four Monday holidays this year (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and as it happens this year the 4th of July).  With Mondays being the most-attended day of the week, the entire holiday week each time tends to be dragged down as well.  Thanksgiving isn't on a Monday this year, is it?

 
AND ON THE OTHER HAND
Looking at the first eight months of post-COVID F2F play, it's probably no surprise that Monday is the most popular day of the week to be attending an in-person bridge game (at almost 24% of all F2F tables during the week).  Wednesday is next; Sundays are least likely to be sanctioned or attended.  This mirrors the pre-COVID experience although weekends had been slightly better represented before the big shutdown.