• Latest News

Winners of the 2020 Australian Open Team Playoff:

Sartaj Hans - Peter Gill
Nabil Edgtton - Andy Hung

Entry fees for Sydney and Canberra players are due October 24. See below for details.

The draw has been posted for the Quarter-Finals.

Entries are now open and close 6.00 pm, Friday October 4, 2019 (AEST).

PQP ranking will be based on the published PQP list as at September 11, 2019 plus any Open PQPs earned by members of teams representing Australia at the 2019 World Bridge Team Championships (September 14-29, 2019).

 • 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. Occupancy is for two persons
  2. 10 King Rooms, 5 One Bedroom and 5 Two Bedroom apartments are available
  3. Early Bird rates are valid up to 30 days prior to the start of the event, ie. until Thursday 10th October 2019 only
  4. Rates quoted are valid only for guests attending the quoted event
  5. Breakfast is included for Hotel guests
  6. 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 BNOV19.

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

 • Fees and Subsidies

The entry fee for the Open Playoff is $1740 per team including GST. This includes lunch at the Rex for all members of the team each day (see below).

To simplify administration for interstate players, it has been decided to net off the entry fee from player subsidies to produce a single player subsidy payment in most cases except players from Sydney and Canberra as follows:

Table of Player Payments or Fees


You come from Entry fee (per player) Per player subsidy You receive* You pay
Perth 290 820 530 0
Adelaide 290 570 280 0
Melbourne 290 440 150 0
Brisbane/Gold Coast 290 505 215 0
Sydney 290 270 0 20
Canberra 290 0 0 290


You come from Entry fee (per player) Per player subsidy You receive* You pay
Perth 435 820 385 0
Adelaide 435 570 135 0
Melbourne 435 440 5 0
Brisbane/Gold Coast 435 505 70 0
Sydney 435 270 0 165
Canberra 435 0 0 435

*The ABF policy of discounted entry for Youth applies.  In the case of youth players an additional payment of $145 will be added to the figures in this column .

Canberra and Sydney players are asked to pay their entry fee by the close of business on Thursday 24 October 2019 by direct deposit to the following bank account :

BSB: 082968
A/C: 641482644
Reference: "OP(your ABF Number)" example : "OP759181"

Refunds will be given to players depending upon when their team is eliminated. $870 if they lose in the QF round, $435 if they lose in the SF and no refund to the two finalists.

Refunds and player subsidies will be paid in ONE net amount to each team's nominated bank account as soon as practicable after their elimination or when the Playoffs finish. Please contact Jane Rasmussen secretariat@abf.com.au with your nominated person and bank account details.

 • Catering

Lunch will be provided and will comprise a choice of three basic items:

  • a soup/roll with a drink; or
  • a risottto, stew or curry also with a drink; or
  • a baguette filled with different things also with a drink.

Vegetarian and gluten free will be available in amongst the three choices or as an extra upon request.

Players will need to choose their lunch option before play starts each day. All 6 players can take lunch but will need to give their option to another player, their captain or the Tournament Organiser.

 • Format

The format will be teams based and dependent on the number of teams entered.
  • 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 on total PQPs after bonuses are applied.

Session times (each day, 4 x 16 board stanzas)

9.30 am - 11.38 am
11.50 am - 1.58 pm
2.30 pm - 4.38 pm
4.50 pm - 6.58pm

 • Target Events

The target event is the 2020 World Bridge Games Vanderbilt Trophy Open Teams.
The dates and venue of the World Bridge Games are yet to be announced.

Other Supported Events

The ABF will support a team to play in the APBF Congress Open Teams in Perth, April 17-22, 2020.
Selection will be based on the ABF Team Selection Policy for Non-Target Events.

 • Regulations

2020 Open Playoff Supplementary Regulations Updated 9 October, 2019

 • Contacts

Tournament Organiser
Roy Nixon
0423 043 220
Chief Tournament Director
Matthew McManus

For further information contact Laurie Kelso and Matthew McManus