OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS BRACKETS

The USBC Open Championships experience is a lot more than nine games of team, doubles and singles competition. It's a multi-event extravaganza that provides participants with a number of optional side events to fulfill competitive urges and expand opportunities to win additional prize money.


HOW DO BRACKETS WORK?
 
How he idea of brackets is simple: each “bracket” includes eight randomly selected bowlers on your squad during team, doubles and/or singles events. You need to bowl a higher game than the bowler you are paired against to advance out of each round. If you win three matches, you win your bracket.

*Brackets and side events will have no impact on regular tournament competition. There is no obligation to enter, but it is a great opportunity to bring home some extra winnings. 


NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2017

With the introduction of the Standard Division, participants can compete in brackets against bowlers in their divisions. Participants also have the option to compete in higher division brackets, if they so choose.

Divisional structure for 2017: Regular (entering averages of 210 and above); Standard (entering averages of 181-209); Classified (entering averages of 180 and below).

A new addition for 2017 will be Sorted Brackets, where your game scores always are sorted in order from highest to lowest, compared to traditional brackets, where the scores are used in order. Sorted brackets are being offered by division and during team event only.

Also, be sure to check out the exciting new Play-the-Field brackets. For the first time, bowlers can participate in eight-person brackets, randomized at the end of the tournament, from the full field of participants in each division.

The Ultimate Mulligan has a new look for 2017 and is being offered to each of the three divisions. This product utilizes your best game from each event – team, doubles and singles – to form your three-game Ultimate Mulligan series.

Seniors and super seniors will continue to enjoy the popular products that afford them the chance to compete against others in similar age classifications.


GUIDELINES

All bracket scores are scratch.

Payouts may be adjusted if product does not fill.

Payouts and all related documentation (1099s) are distributed only to the person entering the event.

All products must be purchased by the time you leave the squad room to head for the lanes.

We accept cash and traveler’s checks.

This year, all same-day payouts are being made at the South Point Hotel & Casino. Unless, and until claimed, all brackets earnings are the property of USBC. Claims for brackets earnings of $10 or less must be made within 72 hours, or such claims are forfeited.


BRACKETS AVAILABLE BY DIVISION

SAME-DAY PAYOUT OPTIONS

In 2017, same-day payout brackets are being conducted based on the tournament’s new three-division structure – Regular (entering averages of 210 and above); Standard (entering averages of 181-209); Classified (entering averages of 180 and below).

Participants have the option to compete in brackets in a higher division as well.

Maximum entries vary by event and division – please reference entry form for exact limits.


INDIVIDUAL BRACKETS

We offer $10 and $5 brackets, by division, during team, doubles and singles.

First prize in $10 brackets is $50, and second place pays $20. First prize in the $5 brackets is $25, and second place pays $10.


REVERSE BRACKETS

Reverse Brackets work like traditional brackets, with the only difference being that instead of using your scores in order (Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3), they are used in reverse order (Game 3, Game 2, Game 1).

The cost for Reverse Brackets is $5. First place pays $25, while second place pays $10.


SORTED BRACKETS

USBC is excited to announce an exciting spin on a traditional favorite, which maximizes your chance to win. Sorted Brackets work just like traditional eight-person brackets, only your game scores always are sorted in order from highest to lowest, compared to traditional brackets, where the scores are used in order.

For example, if a bowler rolls 190, 160, 210, the bracket would be conducted using 210 as the score for Game 1, 190 for Game 2 and 160 in Game 3.

Sorted brackets are being offered by division and during team event only.

First prize is $50, and second place pays $20. The cost for each Sorted Bracket is $10.


SUPER SIDE POTS

Super Side Pots are a modern version of the traditional side pots that reward you for bowling the best game on your squad. Beat the bowlers in your division and take home some prize money that day. Then, see how your scores hold up in the yearlong jackpot.

The $25 entry fee must be paid for each separate event players intend to enter (team, doubles and singles).

Prizes – $15 of every entry is paid daily as a traditional side pot during each squad, with $5 going toward a yearlong prize-fund-style payout, which features a cash ratio of 1:10.


AGE-BASED PRODUCTS PRODUCTS FOR SENIORS (50+)
All competitors must be 50 or older on day of bowling.

PRODUCTS FOR SUPER SENIORS (60+)
All competitors must be 60 or older on day bowling.

 

TRADITIONAL BRACKETS

There are $10 and $5 brackets for both seniors and super seniors during team, doubles and singles.

First prize in $10 brackets is $50, and second place pays $20. First prize in a $5 bracket is $25, and second place pays $10.

REVERSE BRACKETS

With an entry fee of $5, Reverse Brackets work like traditional brackets, with the only difference is that instead of using your scores in order (Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3), they are used in reverse order (Game 3, Game 2, Game 1).

First prize in the Reverse Brackets is $25, and second pays $10.

$2K SUPER BRACKETS

USBC offers a “Super Bracket” program that allows bowlers to compete in side events that last more than the traditional three games. Bowlers randomly are matched up the day after the USBC Open Championships concludes. The $2K Super Brackets include 512 bowlers and include all nine games.

Entries into the individual $2K Senior Super Brackets and $2K Super Senior Super Brackets will be $10, with a top prize of $2,000. Bowlers may enter up to 10 in each category they are eligible.

SENIOR AND SUPER SENIOR SURVIVOR-MINI-ELIMINATOR

The Senior Survivor-Mini-Eliminator and Super Senior Survivor-Mini-Eliminator each include 16 bowlers randomly assigned by category once the tournament ends in July. It is available to Seniors (50+) and Super Seniors (60+), during doubles and singles only.

The Survivor-Mini-Eliminator uses the second and third games from both doubles and singles to determine who advances.

After Game 2 of doubles, the top 12 advance, followed by the top eight after Game 3.

The field will be cut to the top four after Game 2 of singles for the respective Survivor-Mini-Eliminator finals.

Total pinfall from Game 3 of singles determines the final ranking, with first place getting $60, second place earning $40, third place taking home $25 and fourth place winning $20.

The cost to enter is $10 per Eliminator, and participants may enter 25 in each category they are eligible.


YEARLONG PRODUCTS

In 2017, there are some yearlong products available by division and some that include all tournament participants. Please read the entry forms carefully. Brackets staff is available in squad room to answer any questions.

Products available by division: $2K Super Brackets, Ultimate Mulligan and Play-The-Field Brackets.

Products that include all tournament participants: $5K Solo Super Brackets, 1-5-9 and 3-6-10 Strike Jackpots, 30 Clean Jackpot, Century Doubles and Team USA Qualifying.

*The following three yearlong products are available by division:

$2K SUPER BRACKETS

USBC offers a “Super Bracket” program that allows bowlers to compete in side events that last more than the traditional three games. Bowlers randomly are matched up, by division, the day after the USBC Open Championships concludes. The Regular, Standard and Classified $2K Super Brackets each include 512 bowlers and use all nine games.

Entries into the individual $2K Super Brackets will be $10 with a top prize of $2,000 in each. Bowlers may enter up to 10 in each division they are eligible.

ULTIMATE MULLIGAN

In this event, bowlers use their best game from each event – team, doubles and singles – to form their three-game Ultimate Mulligan series. Then, they see how their scores hold up in this yearlong jackpot, which features a prize-fund-style payout, with a cash ratio of 1:5. Entry fee is $20.

PLAY-THE-FIELD BRACKETS

For the first time, bowlers will be able to participate in eight-person brackets, randomized at the end of the tournament, from the full field of participants in each division and event.

The entry fee for Play-the-Field Brackets is $5. First prize is $25, and second place pays $10. Bowlers may enter up to 200 Play-the-Field brackets in each division for which they are eligible.


*The following yearlong products are open to all bowlers, with no age or average classifications:

$5K SOLO SUPER BRACKETS

This “Super Bracket” allows bowlers to compete in side events that last more than the traditional three games. Bowlers randomly are matched up the day after the USBC Open Championships concludes.

The individual $5K Solo Super Brackets include 512 bowlers and include all nine games. Entries into the individual $5K Super Brackets are $25 with a top prize of $5,000 in each. Bowlers may enter up to 10.

1-5-9 AND 3-6-10 STRIKE JACKPOTS

Once again, the 1-5-9 and 3-6-10 Strike Jackpots feature a $10 entry fee, which puts bowlers in the jackpot for all three events (team, doubles and singles). Bowlers who record strikes in the first, fifth and ninth frames (or the third, sixth and first shot in the 10th frame for the 3-6-10 Jackpot) of all three games in an event will split the accumulated total at the end of the tournament.

Additionally, bowlers who hit eight of nine strikes will share 20 percent of the jackpots. So, even if you miss in the first shot of the first game, you still have a chance to cash.

30 CLEAN JACKPOT

The 30 Clean Jackpot offers participants three chances to earn a share of a tournament-long jackpot for a $10 entry fee. Each bowler has three chances – team, doubles, singles – to record 30 consecutive frames with a strike or spare. If a bowler is successful in any, or all three events, for that matter, he/she will share in the end-of-tournament payoff.

Each 30 Clean qualifier also receives a special award to commemorate the achievement.

JACKPOT TRIO

The Jackpot Trio gives bowlers the chance to enter all three jackpots at once for the low price of $25.

CENTURY DOUBLES

With an entry fee of just $20, Century Doubles pairs two bowlers who are a combined 100 years of age, or older, on the day of bowling. For example, a bowler who is 35 years old must find a bowler on his/her squad who is 65 or older to enter the event, and vice versa. Bowlers may enter with up to five other competitors on their squad. Bowlers will use their combined doubles score to determine the winner at the end of the tournament.

Not more than ONE bowler identified as a professional under the 2017 Open Championships tournament rules will be allowed per doubles team.

Prize money goes to the bowler who signs up the pair, but the two bowlers can enter with each other and share the place in the standings. For example, Joe Bowler can sign up with Jim Bowler, and Jim Bowler can pay his own $20 to sign up with Joe Bowler.

TEAM USA QUALIFYING

Open Championships bowlers are encouraged to use their nine-game all-events totals as qualifying scores to earn paid entries into the USBC Team USA Trials, an event that gives bowlers a chance to be on Team USA.

For a $35 entry fee, one out of every 10 entrants earns a paid Team USA Trials entry.

USBC donates $1 from each all-events entry fee to support the Team USA program.


*This year, all same-day payouts will be made at the South Point Sports Book.

Please note: Unless and until claimed, all brackets earnings are the property of USBC. Claims for brackets earnings of $10 or less must be made at the payout window within 72 hours, or such claims are forfeited.

Also, in order to participate in any side event that requires scores from all nine games, specifically Super Brackets and Team USA qualifying, bowlers must bowl team event before doubles and singles and must sign up prior to throwing their first ball.