RealBridge - Online Bridge Sessions

**  RealBridge at the Club continues  **

Session Times & Links

Links will be opened about 1/2 hour before the session start time.

CBC Sessions will play 27 boards and last an estimated 3 hours and 5 minutes, except as marked. No masks required

 Please note from 1 March RealBridge visitor fees will increase to $10.

Week starting Monday 16th May ($8 members, visitors $10, $7 concession members)

Week starting Monday 23rd May ($8 members, visitors $10, $7 concession members)

  • Monday 2 pm - join session here
  • Monday 7 pm - join session here
  • Tuesday 7.15pm - President's Teams Event - Join session here - pre-entry ONLY
  • Wednesday Morning 10.15am - join session here
  • Thursday Afternoon 2:00pm  - join session here
  • Friday Afternoon 1:15pm - join session here
  • BFACT Senior Selection Final - join session - ertry by invitation only
  • Saturday afternoon 1.15 - join session here

For First Timers

RealBridge improves the online Bridge experience by using your computer camera and microphone, allowing you to see and hear each other at a virtual bridge table. If you haven't already, we encourage you to join in one of our free Taster Sessions to familiarise yourself with the RealBridge Online Platform.

To start playing RealBridge you will need to:

  1. Confirm that your device will work with RealBridge (note: if using an iPad / iPad Mini, please use either Chrome or Firefox browsers. Older Safari browsers are not supported).
  2. Participate with your partner in a 30-minute taster and familiarisation session (recommended, not required)
  3. Click the link for the relevant session.
  4. Review the etiquette for playing on RealBridge

If you have non-urgent problems with using RealBridge, please contact John Donovan - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For urgent problems using RealBridge (e.g. signing in to a session), you may phone Bruce Crossman (phone number available in the Pianola member directory).

An excellent explanation of the RealBridge process is available on Realbridge Online website. Go "How To ..." which is the 6th heading on the top bar and look at the player guide in the drop down menu


30 Minute "Taster" sessions

We are moving to an on demand system. Members wishing to experience RealBridge for the first time can email the club via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RealBridge uses your camera and microphone allowing you to see and hear each other.

In the meantime, check your Camera and Microphone, so your partner and opponents can "see and hear" each other.

Table Money on RealBridge

  • The cost of playing a session of RealBridge is $8 per player with concessions ($7 / $4 students).
  • All session fees are collected through CBCPay. Visitors are charged to their member-partner.
  • Practice/taster sessions are free.

RealBridge Tips and Help

Contacting RealBridge for help

RealBridge are very happy to help with technical problems relating to RealBridge.

If you would like help with any of the issues below, please contact them:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Telephone (UK): 0794 232 2209

    Telephone (non-UK): +44 794 232 2209

If you have a problem during a session, you are also welcome to ring RealBridge.

Telephone support is available 7:00 – 23:00 UK time (GMT).


Apple Devices

If using Apple devices use Chrome browser not Safari.


iPads with iOS 15

The latest release of iOS – version 15 – causes problems when playing on RealBridge. RealBridge have a recommended solution to these problems. If you have iOS 15, please do follow RealBridge’s advice. If you don’t, you are likely to experience freezing or loss of audio during a session.

If you have an iPad with iOS 15, and you have not already updated your iPad as recommended by RealBridge on 8 December, there is a settings change that you should make.

RealBridge are very happy to talk you through the procedure. You can contact them on the number above.

If you are happy to make the changes yourself, please see:

For advanced users:

Step-by-step instructions, with pictures:

If you have an iPad with iOS 15, and you have already updated your iPad as recommended by RealBridge on or after 8 December, we now also recommend that you upgrade to iOS 15.2.  For instructions, see

If you don’t know which version of iOS you have, see , or contact RealBridge for help.

MacBooks and iMacs with Monterey or Safari 15

If you have a Mac that has been upgraded to macOS Monterey, and you use Safari, please see the instructions here:

If you have a Mac that has not been upgraded to macOS Monterey, but does have Safari 15, and you are experiencing freezing or loss of audio, also please see the instructions here:

Lenovo Windows laptops

If you have this specific problem:

  • You have a Lenovo laptop running Windows (not a Chromebook)
  • Other players can see you, but no one can hear you.
  • You can see and hear other players

Please see the solution here:

Lenovo Chromebooks

With some Lenovo Chromebooks, for a small number of people the RealBridge window keeps freezing. We are still investigating this. If you have this problem, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Windows 7

If you have Windows 7, your web browser may say that the RealBridge website is insecure. This is a problem with the security certificate data on your computer. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will advise you about how to solve this problem.


RealBridge etiquette – some pointers

Think about RealBridge as playing at the clubrooms... At the clubrooms you would not:

  • Eat or drink in full view of the rest of the table (but you might discreetly eat a peanut or take a sip of wine)
  • Conduct a conversation with a family member or conduct a telephone conversation
  • Get up during the hand and make coffee unless you are Dummy and first excuse yourself from the table.

Technical issues

The microphone is the greatest feature of Realbridge – it allows for normalisation of the bridge environment. However, it can also cause problems with feedback. Some suggestions:

  1. Play in a quiet environment away from kids, televisions, street noise and noisy pets.
  2. Turn off the microphone when there is a distraction – my dogs bark as the possum leaves the possum box each night.
  3. Set the microphone on the lowest possible  volume
  4. Regularly refresh the screen by clicking the wind symbol
  5. Be aware that the microphone may amplify noises, causing them to be louder than you realise for your partner and opponents.

If you need help with more significant issues you can email John Donovan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

New RealBridge Server in Australia

Recently RealBridge added a new server which is physically in Australia.  This is to improve performance, and to make the RealBridge experience better for all of us.

 The new server is called  In the links that we give you, you will see “”  instead of “”.

 The first time that you play in a session on the new server, you will have to do three things:

 (1) When you first join a session on the new server, you may be prompted to authorise to use the camera and microphone, for example:


 If you get this message, you should click “Allow”. You should only have to do this once – after you have done it, your web-browser will remember the setting.

 (2) On the login screen your name [and id], will not be pre-populated. Enter your name [and id] in their correct form.  After you have done this, it will be saved for future sessions.

 (3) Your personal settings will have been set to the defaults.  That is, things like single-click or two-click mode, types of cards, orientation of dummy, etc.  To set these back to how  you like them:

- Sit at a table

- Click the Settings icon (shaped like a gear wheel)

- Change the settings

- Click OK

Again, you will only have to do this once.

We suggest that for your next session you should allow a few minutes extra for doing these.

Other notes

  • All sessions on RealBridge will earn ABF MasterPoints.
  • Partnership help: You can attend a session without a partner, and be matched to another player without a partner.
  • Members are welcome to invite ABF registered visitors (and international visitors) to play with them on RealBridge.