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.
Brackets are quite 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 all three matches, you win
your bracket.During team, doubles and singles, there are $5 and
$10 brackets. First prize in the $10 brackets is $50, and second place pays $20;
first prize in the $5 brackets is $25 and second place pays $10. In addition to
regular brackets, there are special brackets for senior bowlers age 50 and
older. A bowler may enter a maximum of 80 brackets.
Back by popular demand, there will be $5 individual
brackets for Classified bowlers during doubles and singles.
The person who makes it through the initial bracket
undefeated will win $30. Two wins and a loss in the final will earn the bowler
$20. A win in the first game, followed by a loss in the second and a win in the
third will earn the bowler $15. The winner of the initial losers’ bracket will
For $10 during the team event only, the Second
Chance Brackets are similar to regular brackets but four of the eight bowlers
will have a chance to at least win back their entry fee. Bowlers may enter 40
Second Chance Brackets.
Bowlers who lose the first game will advance to a
losers’ bracket. Bowlers who lose again will be eliminated. Bowlers whose first
loss comes in the second game will advance to a second sub-bracket. The bowler
who loses again will be eliminated.
Reverse Brackets work like
traditional brackets, but 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). Reverse
Brackets cost $5, and the maximum number of Reverse Brackets you may enter is
80 per event.
There also are Senior Reverse
Brackets for bowlers 50 and older the day they compete (available in team,
doubles and singles) and Classified Reverse Brackets during doubles and singles
for bowlers with entering averages of 180 and below. Senior and Classified
Reverse Brackets will be limited to 40.
Super Brackets allow bowlers to compete in side
events which last more than just the traditional three games. Bowlers are
randomly matched the day after the USBC Open Championships concludes. Super
Brackets are offered for individual bowlers only.
Entries into the individual Super Brackets will be
$25 with a top prize of $5,000 in each. Bowlers may enter up to 20 individual
Super Brackets. The individual Super Brackets include 512 bowlers, and include
all nine games. Also, players 50 and older can enter individual 50+ Super Brackets
for $10 each. Seniors may enter up to 20 of these brackets, which feature a
$2,000 top prize.
With an entry fee of $20,
Century Doubles pairs two bowlers who are a combined 100 years or older on
their day of competition. Bowlers may only enter with other competitors on
their squad (up to five partners) in this tournament-long event. For example, a
bowler who is 35 years old must find a bowler on his/her squad who is 65 or
older in order to enter his event and vice versa. Bowlers will use their
combined doubles scores to determine the winner at the end of the tournament’s
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 then pay his own $20 to sign up with Joe Bowler.
Senior Side Event
This exciting product returns just
for our senior bowlers (age 50 and older on day of competition). For $25,
bowlers will be entered into two special senior-only prize funds (singles and
all-events). Both divisions will feature a 1:4.5 cash ratio. Singles and
all-events totals from the main tournament will be used for this product. Out of each Senior Side event entry fee, $1 will be
donated to the USBC Senior Masters prize fund.
The Ultimate Mulligan requires
entrants to compile their three highest games of the 2013 tournament to arrive
at their Ultimate Mulligan series score. Then, they will see how their
three-game set holds up for the duration of the tournament. The Ultimate
Mulligan features a prize-fund-style payout with a cash ratio of 1:4.5. The
entry fee is $20.
There is one version of the
Ultimate Mulligan for our super seniors (bowlers age 60 and older the day they
compete) and one for Classified bowlers. Out
of each Super Senior Ultimate Mulligan entry fee, $1 will be donated to the USBC
Super Senior Masters prize fund.
1-5-9 and 3-6-10
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. Last year, 21 winners earned $1,945
for hitting the 1-5-9 Jackpot, and 23 winners took home $1,860 in the 3-6-10
Additionally, bowlers who hit
eight of nine strikes in will share 10 percent of the jackpots. So even if you
miss in the first shot of the first game, you still have a chance to cash.
Super Side Pots
The Super Side
Pots are a modern version of the traditional side pots that reward you for
being the best on your squad. There’s also a built-in bonus feature that allows
you to cash in for a share of the yearlong jackpot.
For a $25
entry fee for each event (team, doubles and singles), players are entered into
traditional side pots during each squad ($17 from each entry), along with a
yearlong high game jackpot ($4 from each entry).
bowlers on your squad and take home your prize money that day. Then see how your
scores hold up in the yearlong jackpot. The yearlong jackpot will feature a
prize fund-style payout, and the cash ratio will be 1:10. For example, the
Super Side Pot entrant with the highest overall score (and all bowlers who
match that score), will finish in first place and receive equal shares of the
jackpot. If there are 1,000 people entered, the top 100 each will receive prize
If you enter
the Super Side Pots, you have nine chances at the squad prizes and nine
opportunities to earn a share of the yearlong jackpots. There will be a
separate yearlong prize fund for each event.
The 30 Clean Jackpot offers
participants three chances to earn a share of a tournament-long jackpot for a
$10 entry fee.
Each bowler will have three
chances – team, double, singles – to record 30 consecutive frames with a strike
or spare. If a bowler is successful in any of the three or, for that matter, all
three, he/she will share in the end-of-tournament payoff. Last year in Baton
Rouge, the 30 Clean Jackpot was hit 151 times for $320.
Each 30 Clean qualifier will
receive a special award to commemorate the achievement. Out of each 30 Clean
Jackpot entry fee, $1.50 will be donated to the USBC Charitable Giving Program.
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. Bowlers
can register when they sign up for brackets before team event. The Team USA
Trials traditionally is held in January.
Senior and Super Senior Tournament of
the Americas Qualifying
the chance to represent the United States at the 2013 Lee Evans Tournament of
the Americas, scheduled for July 28-Aug. 3, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. The top two
finishers in each category (based on their nine-game all-events totals)
automatically will earn spots on the team that will represent the U.S. in this
international competition. The cost for this will be $35.
entrants must be at least 50 years of age and Super Senior entrants must be at
least 60 years of age before the first day of competition at the 2013
Tournament of the Americas. If a bowler age 60 or older would like to sign up
in both divisions, he can do so by paying both entry fees. Should he qualify in
both, he will choose which division he’d like to compete in at the TOA. Women
only will be eligible to qualify through the 2013 USBC Women’s Championships.
USA will pay for the TOA entry, hotel and uniform. Competitors will be
responsible for their own travel and meal expenses.
Classified Cash-O-Matic Bracket
Introduced in 2010, Classified
Cash-O-Matic gives Classified bowlers their own product with a same-day payout.
Bowlers may enter a maximum of 20 at $10 each. All Cash-O-Matic entrants must
be verified as Classified bowlers prior to the start of their team event.
The Cash-O-Matic Bracket,
available only during team, plays just like a traditional bracket, but in this
case, every bowler cashes. The four bowlers who lose the first game each will
receive $3. Those who win the first game but lose the second each will receive
$8. The bowler who wins all three games will receive $24, while the person who
wins two games and loses the final will take home $18.
All same-day payouts will be made at the Sands Regency Casino & Hotel.
Unless and until claimed, all bracket earnings are the property of USBC. Claims
for bracket earnings of $19 or less must be made at the Sands Regency 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.