Welcome to the Northwest Las Vegas Backgammon Club
1st meet up: December 8, 2019 at Noon! Location: Town Center Lounge II! 

Club meet-up's are currently on one selected Sunday each month

                Where: Town Center Lounge II, 2992 West Cheyenne
North Las Vegas, NV 89032 Phone: 702.646.1131

Time: Register Noon (12 p.m.), start 12:30 pm... Late Entries allowed till 1 p.m.  
Tournament: $10 entry fee + optional $15 side pool
Main bracket: 7 point matches (requires 4 or more entrants)
If 8 or more entrants, there will be a consolation:
Consolation bracket: 3 pt matches with 5 pt final
Chouette play
*Additional Information*
-bring your own board
-all skill levels from novice to world class welcome
-friendly and welcoming to all players
-go to www.nwlvbc.yolasite.com for more information or contact Daniel at superdanman88@outlook.com 

*also don't forget to check out the Las Vegas backgammon club at www.vegasbg.com

CLUB NEWS FLASH

The Northwest Las Vegas Backgammon Club is getting off the ground. This is the Town Center Lounge located on Cheyenne, NOT Sky Pointe! More location info at:

http://www.towncenterlounge.com/town-center-lounge-ii/

First date set for December 8, 2019, 2nd tentative date is January 12, 2020, and 3rd tentative date is February 9, 2020. Encouraged to bring your board, dice, and cubes. We are lucky enough to find a great location in a lounge with food and drinks...and no upfront requirements except a purchase of a food/drink from each player to support the establishment that is supporting us. Let's take advantage of this opportunity and have a  great new backgammon club in the Northwest, the NWLVBC. Happy Rolling!


***CLUB IDEAS FOR THE YEAR 2020***

The December 8th tournament will closely mirror the tournament run by the Las Vegas Backgammon Club that some will be familiar with. However, to bring in the new year 2020, I have 4 change up ideas to help the NWLVBC differentiate itself and be a bit different. I encourage feedback and thoughts and you can send them thru the contact page of this website. These ideas are utilized more or less by some BG clubs around the USA.
1. The entry$20/side pool $20 for the year 2020. This keeps to the same buy-in structure. $20 entry fee, $20 optional side pool.
2. The entry$10/side pool $20/bounty $20. This gives two optional buy-in's. Player can play in one, both, or neither. $10 for entry fee. $20 optional side pool. $20 optional bounty. Entry fee and side pool same structure. $20 bounty puts a $20 bounty on each player who participates. Only participating players in the bounty can win a bounty. When two players play a match and both are in the optional bounty, the winning player collects $20 bounty from the losing player. If one player is in the optional bounty and one isn't, if the winning player is in the bounty, they carry their bounty to the next match. If the bounty player loses to the non-bounty player, their $20 bounty gets refunded. A non-bounty player is not eligible to collect a bounty. (Side pool and Bounties only eligible in main bracket, not consolation).
3. The entry $10/Magic $10/Side pool $20. One again gives two additional options. The side pool option, but a (magic) $10 option. The magic $10 is basically a pool of money that is randomly given out to players who participate. It negates skill level with the only requirement that one buys into the tournament and participates in the magic $10... and although everyone from novice to world class have an equal chance, it's been shown to also encourage players who are beginners or new or "haven't won anything for a while" players to keep coming and participating. It can be given out all at once to one player, can be given out 50/50 to two players, can be at the beginning, middle, or end of tournament.
4. The entry $10/Magic $10/side pool $10/bounty $10. This is a combination of all of the above. All optional except the $10 entry.

Club rules for Tournaments and Chouettes

General Rules:
1. There will always be a tournament with 4 or more players during official NWLVBC meet-up's,  and players are asked to prioritize the tourney when there is one. 
2. Club points will be awarded to cash finishers. After the first and subsequent tournaments, top 2 point earners in the club who attend will be seeded 1 and 2.  All club director decisions are final. Club director may ask one as a substitute or 2nd official as needs dictate.
4. All players from beginner to world class are expected to follow the golden rule (treat others as they would like to be treated). Be courteous, practice good sportsmanship, and be ambassadors of the game. Here is an excerpt from Phil Simborg, expert Backgammon player on Etiquette: https://bkgm.com/articles/Simborg/SportsmanlikeConduct/

Tournament Rules for the NWBGC:
1. There will always be a tournament with 4 or more players. Registration starts at 12 noon. Tournament starts 12:30 pm. Late entries allowed till 1 p.m.
2. There will be a main bracket. A consolation bracket will be available with 8 or more entrants. The main bracket will consist of 7 point matches. The consolation bracket will consist of 3 point matches with a 5 point final.
3. The current entry fee is $10. If 4 entries, cash prize is $30 to 1st, $10 to 2nd. If 5-7 entries, cash prize is 60% to 1st, 40% to 2nd. If 8 or more, the consolation bracket is introduced. Cash prize is 50% first, 30% second, 15% to third (winner of consolation bracket), 5% to fourth (runner up consolation bracket). If 16 or more entrants, cash prize will be 40% first, 30% second, 20% third (winner of consolation), and 10% fourth (runner up consolation). 
4. The tournament will abide by the USBGF rules unless otherwise noted. Further information can be referenced here:

http://usbgf.org/docs/rules.pdf


5. In the event of disputes or errors, the tournament director may make decisions that are in the interest of fairness, and may depart from the standard rules of the USBGF from time to time. All director decisions are final.
6. There is no time structure. However, players are expected to play at a reasonable rate of speed. If a match is played unreasonably slow, the director may institute a clock if a situation warrants one. NWLVBC recognizes legal rules of play, not responsible rules. If a mistake is spotted, whether benefiting the other player or not, they are required to to correct the illegal play.
7. Players are allowed one break during a match not to exceed 5 minutes. Any player exceeding this time limit the opposing player shall notify the director and time penalties will be put into place. Typically, 1 point penalty per 5 minutes over...and after 15 minutes over, disqualification. *Emergency situations will be given a case by case review.
8. Players must use cups or baffle box to role dice, and must give the dice a 'vigorous' shake. Dice must land 'flat' or 'vertically' and not 'cocked' or crooked on the correct side of the board of the player. Any dice that is cocked or not rolled correctly must be re-rolled. Dice falling on checkers that are flat or vertical is considered a valid roll in NWBGC events.
9. The tournament shall consist of a cash entry. Currently $10 plus an optional $15 side pool. The side pool is optional for players who want increased action. Side pool money will go to the person that goes the furthest in the main event bracket. If two of the final side pool entrants lose in, say, the semi-finals,  the side pool will be split among the two. Side pool entrants are allowed to "chop" or "deal making" the side pool money as situation dictates and participants agree. For example, final match are two side pool entrants and they decide to play for the tournament payouts, but split up the side pool 50/50. They are allowed to do this. Tournament payouts are not allowed to be chopped.

10. Crawford rule in effect for the tournaments (if either play is one point away from winning the match, that game and that game only the doubling cube is taken out of play).

11. Tournament club points will be awarded as follows: Payouts for 1st and 2nd placeonly: 2 points for 1st, 1 point for 2nd. Payouts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place: 4 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd, and 1 point for 4th. Club points used for seeding, status, end of year prizes/awards/certificates, etc.

General Chouette rules for the NWBGC:
1. Playing chouette only and not the tournament is not encouraged during official NWBGC meet-up's.  Chouette only meet-up's can be arranged but during designated meet times of the NWBGC, tournaments take priority...then the Chouettes.
2. No consultations allowed until the cubes are acted upon. Captain always has the final say and the decider.  Box must double at least half the cubes and take at least half the cubes. Jacoby rule is in effect (no gammons nor backgammons without the cube being doubled) for Chouette play. Beavers (redoubling the double) are allowed. Raccoons (redoubling the redouble) and Aardvarks (redoubling the redoubling of the redouble) are not allowed.
3. Chouettes at the NWLVBC are $1-$3 a point. Cubes may not start greater than one unless there is a player agreement. No Auto-doubles unless there is a player agreement. 
4. The box may drop all the cubes, or accept all the cubes. If the box decides to take some and drop some, the box must take half or more of the cubes. For example, box is playing against 4 cubes. They all double, box wants to risk playing on but doesn't want to take all the cubes. Box must take at least 2 cubes. Against 5 cubes, must take at least 3. This rule eliminates singling certain people out or unnecessarily prolonging the game with people not in the action.
5. Nobody is forced to take the box. Anyone can pass the box and it will drop to the next person in line to take the box.
6. If the box beats the captain, box remains in the box. If the Captain beats the box, the Captain becomes the box. If the box takes a players cube but not the captain, captain wins against the box and the player sits down as co-captain and completes the game. Once finished, captain may become the box. If there are 6 or more players in the Chouette, the box may elect to have a partner. No consultation rule still in effect until the cubes are acted upon.
7. In the beginning of the chouette, players roll two dice and the total will determine who is first in box, captain, and additional players. Players than rotate accordingly. If box loses, drops to bottom of list and captain takes box, and players move up one position. Anyone can pass the box if they choose. Players joining in the middle or during Chouettes may enter if room allows and expected to start at the bottom of the ladder up to the box.
8. A player may pay out or cash out at any time during a Chouette after he/she is out of an existing game in progress. However, it is considered courtesy to give a time or X amount of games if one is ahead in the Chouette and not suddenly leave, say, after a big win. If one is behind, this courtesy is not expected. If not sure, use best judgment.
9. Proxies may be used if a player has to step out for whatever reason. (A proxy is somebody a player puts in charge of their cube if they have to step away and can make cubing decisions on their behalf while absent). Chouettes are fun. So have fun.
10. For more specific rules of Chouette, refer to ABA rules of Chouette with the reminder that each club has variatons to said rules:
https://bkgm.com/variants/Chouette-ABA.html

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CLUB NEWS FLASH

1st meet up: December 8, 2019. 2nd tentative meet up: January 12, 2020. 3rd tentative meet up: February 9, 2020. ***At meeting room in back of restaurant side. No upfront costs except players are required to purchase a food/drink to support the establishment that is supporting us!

NWLVBC Point Leaders:

Miscellaneous Information

1. Town Center Lounge II is separated in two areas: the bar and the restaurant. We are in the restaurant side in the back in a meeting room area. It's nice, and our only requirement is to purchase some food and drink. So spread the word, there is a great alternative backgammon club in town.

2. The Late entry period is not a re-buy. It's for those who drove to play and may find themselves a bit late for one reason or another. One shot at the main bracket tourney, one shot at the consolation with 8 or more players.

Always good to continually check the website for the latest and greatest information on the NWLVBC. Thank you, Daniel