Gammon Associates "NEXT ABT EVENT"

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June 22-24, 2018 Venue: The HILTON Hotel Los Angeles Airport 5711 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045 Reservations: 1.800.HILTONS or 310.410.4000

GAMMON ASSOCIATES (80th Invitational)

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WE ARE "CLOCKs & MATCH RECORDINGS FRIENDLY", e.g. we favor clocked matches and we try to accommodate those who wish to record their matches. Director's decision is final.

Gammon Associates is holding the 2018 LOS ANGELES OPEN at the HILTON hotel (LAX) June 22-24, 2018. This event is on the "2018 ABT -American Backgammon Tour". In preparation for the DRAWS, FINAL REGISTRATION CLOSES Friday night at 9 pm (for the OPEN and ADVANCED divisions). We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone, whether to play or to observe. -SUPER-32: High equity, single elimination, all matches CLOCKED, 3 rounds on Friday. Each round is 11-pts. Early-START at 2pm, Late-START at 6:30pm. -Paul-Dingwell-Amateur: High equity, open to players not of high championship level, single elimination. (5% of each entry fee goes to charity) "the Ronald McDonald House" -OPEN**: Open to all players. All matches CLOCKED (see Game Clocks). -ADVANCED** Our middle division, No entrant will be allowed to play below his/her level. -LIMITED**: open to players with minimum skill level & tournament experience, plus approval of our eligibility committee. Register or call for approval. -DOUBLES: open to all players, brackets of 8 teams. All matches CLOCKED. -SENIORS: 50 years & older, continuous entry, 7-pt matches. -NC-West We are pleased to announce the USBGF has selected Los Angeles to host the 2018 National Championship West. (see the brochure for details) -DMP-(DoubleMatchPt): Continuous entry; $400 added money for USBGF members. 1st-Rnd Entry Fee return MxLen Play Begins SUPER-32 $450 90% 11 pts Fri. 2 pm (max of 48) P.D.Amateur $220 85% 9 pts Fri. 2 pm (max of 32) OPEN ** $300 85% 11 pts Fri. 8:00 PM (max of 84) ADVANCED** $150 80% 9 pts Friday 8:30 PM (max of 84) LIMITED ** $ 60 80% 7 pts Sat. 12:00 pm $100 added DOUBLES Team $200 80% 7 pts Sunday only at 11:00 am NC-West $ 50 85% 5/7 pts Blitz-format -all weekend SENIORS $ 50 80% 7 pts all weekend DMP (1-Pt) $ 20 80% 1 pt UBSGF added $400 JACKPOTS $50-$300 80% 7 pts Sunday afternoon, if interest shown ( ** events) = "Main, 2ndChance & Consolation"; means you have three chances to win the cash prizes. A bracket of 64 will pay 7-9 places. The OPEN & ADV "finals" will be ONE MATCH ONLY. NOTE: side events (e.g. Doubles, BLITZes, DMP, SENIORS) are for players registered in the Super-32, P.D.Amateur, OPEN, ADV, or LIMITED, all others must pay a one-time tournament fee of $20. Please BRING YOUR BACKGAMMON BOARD & CLOCK (if you have one) !! Byes: all entries, whether pre-paid or last minute registrations, will be equally eligible. Gammon Associates reserves the right to refuse entry to any person. Side Pools: There will be sidepools available (SP32, Dingwell, Open, Doubles, & Advanced): 100% return going to the two players in each pool who go the furthest in the event (2/3 to 1st & 1/3 to 2nd); Sidpool "payout hierarchy" will be posted for Open & Advanced. GAME CLOCKS: All matches will be CLOCKED in the OPEN & Super-32 (13sec/2min) & DOUBLES (18sec/2.5min). At the Tournament Director's discretion, clocks may be required in other matches. U.S. DIGITAL CLOCK RULES (Oct. 2007) will be used --(click here to view the RULES) There will be a "Calcutta Auction" of the OPEN & ADVANCED players to allow you to predict & participate in their successes (85% return, 5% goes to charity). Starts 10:00am Saturday. ****** SCHEDULE ****** FRIDAY – JUNE 22, 2018 12:30 pm Registration opens – cash only 1:00 pm DMP & NAT’L CHMPS WEST begin 2:00 pm Super 32 begins - all plyrs * 3 rounds 2:30 pm Dingwell begins - all plyrs * 3 rounds 3:00 pm SENIORS begin 5:30 pm Final Registration for Championship & Advanced 6:00 pm CALCUTTA AUCTION & Buy Backs 8:00 pm CHAMPIONSHIP Division begins 8:30 pm ADVANCED Division begins No match starts after 11:45 pm 12:45 am Expected END OF PLAY for Friday __________________________________________________________ SATURDAY – JUNE 23, 2018 8:30 am FREE Michy lecture w Phil Simborg! 9:30 am Light buffet breakfast served 10:00 am CHAMPIONSHIP & ADVANCED - play resumes * 12:00 pm NOVICE Division begins * 3 rounds * Automatic 2nd Chance & Consolation as matches are completed in the Main Draws. 5:00 pm Dinner break for all - PAUL MAGRIEL TRIBUTE DINNER (if reserved & pre-paid) 7:00 pm Play continues – Main rounds 4 - 6 NCWest & DMP – between matches No match starts after 11:45 pm 12:30 am Expected end of play for Saturday *** BASED ON BRACKET PROGRESS YOU MUST VERIFY YOUR SUNDAY START TIME w/ TD BEFORE LEAVING SATURDAY NIGHT *** _________________________________________________________ SUNDAY – JUNE 24, 2018 9:00 am Trailing matches resume 9:30 am Light buffet breakfast served 10:00 am Play continues – all divisions 10:30 am NCWest, SENIORS, DMP continues 12:00 pm DOUBLES begin 1:00 pm Semis & Finals for SUPER 32 & Dingwell 1:30 pm NAT’L CPS WEST & DMP– Playoffs begin 3:00 pm Finals all divisions – begin 7:45 pm Consolation, Doubles, Jackpots finished 9:00 pm Expected end of play for Sunday ___________________________________________________________ -Notes: - Non-Smoking Tournament The SUPER-32 & P.D.AMATEUR fill quickly-- so please send deposits early. --We'll call, if max-entry-issues. -The OPEN, ADV, & LTD cash winners will garner master points for the 2017 (ABT) American Backgammon Tour. -DEPOSIT amounts or full payments for Super-32, Dingwell, Main divisions must be postmarked by MAY 21, 2018. The remainder is due at final registration, FRIDAY NIGHT, in Cash only (fully refundable up to the time of the draws). See the Entry Form further down on this webpage. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAMMON ASSOCIATES Candace Mayeron Office: 310.822.3557 Cell: 310.422.1646 E-mail: WebSite:

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Tournament Team: Directors: --Candace Mayeron --Patrick Gibson Staff: --Ben Friesen --Jean Mangone --Cecilia Pedroza --David Gillett Eligibility Consultants: --Carol Joy Cole & Barry Silliman Tournament Committee: --Ted Chee --Jeb horton --Ken Bame Auctioneer: --Joe Russell Video/Streaming: --Larry Shiller ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ We'll be using the "July 2017 USBGF Tournament Rules & our options". (Click on link below.) (click here for these Rules). There will a reference copy at the event. CELL PHONES must be SILENT while matches are in progress. Infractions may cost a penalty point. Please leave the playing room before answering a vibrating phone call. CLOCK-FRIENDLY: ALL MATCHES are CLOCKED for the OPEN, Super-32 and DOUBLES. P.D.Amateur matches can be if both agree, assuming a player brings his/her clock. Any match that is holding up the tournament flow is likely to have a clock inserted. Director's decision is final. VIDEO-FRIENDLY: We are supportive of those who want to record Open or Advanced matches. Also, opponent is entitled to a copy and may require no other sharing of the match. Director's decision is final. We are a U.S. Backgammon Federation “Prime Tournament” with $400 added money into our “DMP" event. You can become a member to be eligible to share it. Please support our growing backgammon player’s organization. Vist their website & check it out. Gammon Associates will donate $1 to the USBGF for every main-division player who competes in our 2015 LOS ANGELES OPEN. "HOSPITALITY FEE:" All participants must pay a $30 hospitality fee that includes: Snacks on all three days; coffee & tea on both Sat/Sun mornings, as well as catered goodies.
MICHY's OPENING Concepts Presented w Phil Simborg, Michy -- currently Giants of Backgammon #2 -- will give a FREE lecture on Opening Concepts. Lecture is designed for Advanced & Championship players. Opportunity to buy his book, get Selfie & autograph. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Our venue: The HILTON-LAX Hotel (Los Angeles Airport). We have a preferred group rate of $137/nite, single or double occupancy. When booking within special group block, you will receive complimentary sleeping room Wi-Fi and discounted self-parking of $15/day In/Out. Or, use VALET for $25/day. Our event hotel has a cut-off date of MAY 31st. Make your hotel reservations early, to insure you get our group rate. RESERVE NOW and cancel later, if necessary. Make your reservations directly at the phone numbers below. Please use the group-code "LBKG" for our backgammon tournament. Reservations: 1.800.HILTONS or direct= 310.410.4000 The HILTON (LAX) 5711 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045 Website: please google "HILTON LAX" _________________________________________________________________________________________________


Free 5-minute shuttle ride from LAX to hotel. Exit any baggage terminal and go to the OVERHEAd RED (HOTEL SHUTTLES) SIGN. HILTON makes the rounds every 15-20 minutes. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ General Driving Directions DRIVING-- From the 405 Fwy North (or South) (San Diego Freeway) exit at the Century Blvd off-ramp. Go West on Century Blvd ~1.0 mile. HILTON is on the right side at 5711 W.Century. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Entry Form (2018 L.A.OPEN) Name: _________________________ Address: ______________________ City: _________________________ State/Zip: ____________________ Phone: ( ) __________________ Email: _________________________________ Deposit In Full( Super-32 __ $80 __ $450 Start: 2pm __or 6:30pm __ --Side pool __ $150 Paul Dingwell Amateur __ $40 __ $220 Start: 2pm __or 7pm __ --Side pool __ $ 70 OPEN __ $40 __ $300 --Side pool __ $100 ADVANCED __ $30 __ $150 --Side pool __ $ 50 LIMITED __ $10 __ $ 60 Hospitality (req'd for all plyrs) X $ 30 Total submitted: $30+ _______ In order to prepare for the drawings, Registration MUST BE COMPLETED, for OPEN & ADVANCED, (fully paid) by Friday nite (DEC. 2nd) 9:00 pm (LTD players can register on Saturday) __________________________________________________ Make payable to: GAMMON ASSOCIATES-WEST Mail to: Candace Mayeron 8117 W. Manchester BLvd #284 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 (Must be postmarked by Jun.8th, 2018) __________________________________________________ Previous "OPEN" Winners 1st Jay Frydman (1981) 2nd Dimitrios Kontopides(1982) 3rd Faramarz Borna 4th Gaby Horowitz (1983) 5th Faramarz Borna 6th Bijan Ashkan 7th Steve Goldman (1984) 8th Grigore Harutunian 9th Mike Thunstrom (1985) 10th Bahman Fathi 11th Bob Glass (1986) 12th Norm Wiggins 13th Joe Russell (1987) 14th Ron Bruns 15th Elli Nache 16th Sean Howard (1988) 17th Peter Zacks 18th Rageb Shadallah 19th Farzan Garmroodi (1989) 20th Bob Glass 21st Neil Kazaross (1990) 22nd Steve Sax 23rd Ray Baker 24th Ebby Mossanen (1991) 25th Paul Gedigian 26th Gene Chait 27th Al Demirjian (1992) 28th Scott McKenzie 29th Woody Woodson (1993) 30th Joe Harris 31st Dave Williams (1994) 32nd Rudy Citrom 33rd Odis Chenault (1995) 34th Dave Williams 35th Joe Russell 36th Ernest Ho (1996) 37th Odis Chenault 38th Doug Mayfield (1997) 39th Norm Wiggins 40th Steve Sax 41st Doug Mayfield (1998) 42nd Tom Zarrinnam 43rd Jeff Burdsall (1999) 44th Odis Chenault 45th Mike Ungerleider (2000) 46th Mike Sharp 47th Bob Wachtel (2001) 48th Sho Sengoku 49th Ray Fogerlund (2002) 50th Norm Wiggins 51st Mike Ungerleider (2003) 52nd Art Grater 53rd Wayne Jeffcoat (2004) 54th Jona Alexander (2004)(California State Championship) 55th Jason Lee (2005)(Los Angeles OPEN) 56th Stepan Nuniyants (2005)(California State Championship) 57th Bob Glass (2006)(Los Angeles OPEN) 58th Ken Fischer (2006)(California State Championship) 59th Bart Brooks (2007)(Los Angeles OPEN) 60th Adrian Costa (2007)(California State Championship) 61st Ray Fogerlund (2008)(Los Angeles OPEN) 62nd Hugh Sconyers (2008)(California State Championship) 63rd Ray Fogerlund (2009)(Los Angeles OPEN) 64th Joe Russell (2009)(California State Championship) 65th Richard Munitz (2010)(Los Angeles OPEN) 66th Malcolm Davis (2010)(California State Championship) 67th Harvey Gillis (2011)(Los Angeles OPEN) 68th Todd Crosner (2011)(California State Championship) 69th Howard Markowitz (2012)(Los Angeles OPEN) 70th Steve Sax (2012)(California State Championship) 71st Ed O'Laughlin (2013)(Los Angeles OPEN) 72nd Ray Fogerlund (2013)(California State Championship) 73rd Ray Fogerlund (2014)(Los Angeles OPEN) 74th Odis Chenault (2014)(California State Championship) 75th Cliff Pappas (2015)(Los Angeles OPEN) 76th Al Hodis (2015)(California State Championship) 77th Paul Baraz (2016)(Los Angeles OPEN) 78th Steve Sax (2016)(California State Championship) 79th Steve Sax (2017)(California State Championship) 80th Ernest Ho (2018)(Los Angeles OPEN) 81st Farhad Kamani (2018)(California State Championship) ______________________________________________________________________