• Purpose of the Playoff

The primary purpose of the Playoff is to select the Australian Open Team for the next year. By entering the Playoff, all players declare that they are available and intend to represent Australia in any Target Event/s if they qualify.

Participation and performance in the Playoff are also major criteria in deciding to whom the ABF offers the opportunity to represent Australia in any other (non-target) representative events that may arise in that year.

All players who enter the Playoff must be eligible to play for Australia as per the ABF's Eligibility to represent Australia Policy, and be eligible for any Target Events as per their eligibility codes.

 • Venue

Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, ACT

 • Parking

The Canberra Rex has about 65 car parking spaces in the vicinity of the hotel available to guests and delegates, free of charge on a first come, first served basis and there is underground parking for those staying in the apartments. There are also long stay public car parks in Braddon and Civic and convenient public transport options to get to and from the Rex.

 • Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation choices in the general vicinity of the Canberra Rex to suit all budgets.

Canberra Rex Hotel and Serviced Apartments - Early Bird Discount

Hotel Availability

Rate (per night)





Early Bird


King Room



Complimentary full buffet breakfast



One Bedroom Apartment



Breakfast is not included



 Two Bedroom Apartment



Breakfast is not included



  1. Early Bird rates are valid until 30th September 2018 only
  2. Rates quoted are valid only for guests attending the quoted event
  3. Breakfast is included for Hotel guests
  4. 24-hour cancellation applies to all bookings, delegates have until 4pm to cancel for the following day

When booking just say that you are with the Australian Bridge Federation Playoffs and quote BNOV18.

Reservations: reservations@canberrarexhotel.com.au or Telephone: 02 6248 5311.

 • Format

It is expected that the format will be teams based the same as in the 2017 Australian Open Team Playoff:
  • 128-board knockout matches, each played over two days;
  • teams ranked by PQPs for determining knockout brackets and tie breaking; and
  • a maximum entry of eight teams (ranked upon total PQPs - after bonuses are applied).

 • Target Events

The target event is the 2019 WBF Zone 7 Championships, played in conjunction with the APBF Championships. Success at the Zone 7 Championships affords the Australian Representative Team the right to attend the 2019 Bermuda Bowl.

 • Contacts

Tournament Organiser
Jane Rasmussen
(02) 6239 2265
Chief Tournament Director
Matthew McManus

For further information contact Laurie Kelso and Matthew McManus