Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve listened to your feedback to bring you a must-attend workshop! Jerry Helms is high-energy and has a passion for teaching bridge! Jerry is great at working the room and answering questions. Don’t miss it!
Register Now for Jerry Helms’ high energy workshop. Fee is $85. Includes 2 workshop sessions, handouts, the Wednesday evening game, and breakfast & lunch on Thursday.
Absolutely. Our partnership chair is Jeff Starr. Please contact him now for your partnership needs.
YES, our tournament is designed especially for you! For the past three years, over 60 percent of our tournament attendees have been emerging players. Our tournament is designed especially for players like you. Relax knowing you will be competing against players with skills similar to your own in games that are friendly, welcoming, and tolerant. Stop at our Newcomers/Intermediate Assistance Desk and talk with one of our staff on subjects ranging from how to fill out a convention card, where do I go to play, to how do I join the ACBL. We’ll take good care of you.
New for 2020: free lunch each day! The Bella Vista NLM Regional & Sectional Bridge Tournament is known for its fun and friendliness, served up with a touch of class. Our Hospitality Committee is working hard to make sure this year is no different. Our snack tables are continually stocked with fresh fruit, veggies, and other healthy treats. Bottled water, coffee, tea, and lemonade are available all day at all times during tournament play. Ice cream, cookies, cakes and candy are always in plentiful supply.
A new ACBL rule for tournaments is in effect. Players must now provide an ACBL member number to play in any tournament event. Therefore, non-members must join the ACBL before playing. However, a full year membership is NOT required. You may now purchase a Temporary Membership at our site for $7.99. You may also sign up for a temporary membership online. With new temporary membership, you will receive all the benefits of ACBL membership for one month – including a member number.
Temporary memberships are only available to players who never had a full-year membership before. Players with lapsed ACBL membership are still required to pay $4 more per tournament session (this requirement is not new and has not changed.) If a lapsed member wants to rejoin instead of paying $4 per session, they can do that at the tournament. Our tournament director will have forms and a system that will help a lapsed member figure out the right fee to pay.
Bella Vista has excellent accommodations, especially if you are part of a group. Townhouses and condos are available at Greens II (479-855-9627) and the Inn At Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast (877-876-5645).. Individual rooms are available at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel (479-273-3333) in Bentonville with a great bridge rate: $89 which includes a FREE breakfast. The Marriott Courtyard is a short 5-mile drive from Riordan Hall, our bridge site.