ACBL Tournament Table Data 

Tracking ACBL tournaments in the post-COVID world
This information is compiled and provided independently of the ACBL


Information on this page refers to ACBL/VACB tournaments;
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F2F TOURNAMENTS
     

Figure 1.  NABC Comparative Table Counts by Event
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Figure 2.  NABC Comparative Table Counts by Day
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FALL NABC TABLE DATA
The NABC in Austin is winding up this weekend and looked to finish very strong, but appears it will end with fewer tables the final weekend.  This site is all about table counts, but as previously stated, much more important is a safe playing environment in the current situation along with no major illness outbreaks.  Unfortunately, there was a player who played and tested positive for COVID on day 9.  It might have been too much to ask for a five-thousand table tournament in this day and age to escape an exposure, but hopefully this will not result in a widespread outbreak.  We'll see.  Back to the lesser important matter at hand, what looked like 5,400 tables for the event now may be closer to 5,200, and the overall comparative table count to the 2019 Fall NABC looks to be slightly overperforming vs the 57 previous ACBL tournaments at ~50%.

           NABC tables- FINAL

NOVEMBER + DECEMBER TOURNAMENT TABLE DATA
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      OVERALL F2F REOPENING TOURNAMENT TABLES




HISTORICAL F2F REOPENING TOURNAMENT
COMPARATIVE TABLE COUNT DATA



Since the first reopening F2F tournament was held on August 4th, the good news is that overall comparative table counts have been on the increase - more people are starting to play.  Looking at all ACBL F2F tournaments combined (Regionals, Sectionals, I/N events) by the month show that as of November, their total tables are up to 55% of what they were at the same events two years ago.

F2F REGIONALS  
2 held so far, total tables average vs 2019 of 43.5%

F2F OPEN SECTIONALS  
35 held so far, total tables average vs 2019 of 49.8%

F2F I/N EVENTS  
20 held so far, total tables average vs 2019 of 46.0%
        

SELECTED MAJOR EVENTS and comparative table counts to the same previously held event:

2021 DETROIT REGL (#1!)


2021 BOCA RATON REGL


       2021 LAS VEGAS REGL


2022 MONTEREY REGL


       2021 FALL NABC - AUSTIN


2022 SPRING NABC - RENO
       2021 PALM SPRINGS REGL


2022 GATLINBURG REGL









VACB TOURNAMENTS

2021 Online Regionals Table Count Comparison (February = 100, click to enlarge):


The most recent of the ACBL's online regionals offered 11 daily events to players (in contrast, February's online regional had 19).  The slide in online regional participation slowed quite a bit this time around (table counts at 48% of February's level).  749er and Mid-Flight tables were off a bit, with an increase in Open tables. . .which is pretty much the story of F2F tournaments so far.  There are no current online tournaments scheduled, but it's possible another online regional will be put on the calendar for December.  There are already five F2F Regionals scheduled in December around the country, so we shall see what the ACBL decides.  (I would point out that the past four online days brought in ~$220,000 in card fees without any ballroom rentals or forced catering costs, so who knows?)








      
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):