Effective date: September 11, 2021
RSVP Bridge is oriented around clubs. There are no fees paid directly from players to RSVP Bridge. Rather, an account, which may have one or more clubs, pays fees to RSVP Bridge for usage of the system. Some fees are paid at the time of an event, others are collected at the end of a billing period.
Fees charged to account owners depend on the type of events scheduled, and how the account collects payment from the players.
RSVP Bridge offers players a method by which to pay for events online using credit cards. The players purchase a quantity of R-Bucks, which are held in reserve for making future payments, like a wallet. Generally, an R-Buck costs $1, although when purchasing small amounts, a mark-up fee may be added to cover increased credit card charges incurred by RSVP Bridge. Players may then use these R-Bucks to pay for any event which is configured to accept payments via the R-Bucks system.
R-Bucks purchased by players are generally non-refundable. A player may request the transfer of R-Bucks from the player to the account. At that point, the account could choose to make a cash refund to the player.
When a player pays for an event using their R-Bucks, those R-Bucks are debited from the player’s balance, and added to the account’s balance.
At the end of a billing period, RSVP Bridge calculates any fees due, and debits the account's R-Bucks balance. RSVP Bridge will charge the credit card on file if there is an insufficient balance. Otherwise, the excess balance is available for payout (via check) to the account owner.
There are four types of events that may be scheduled:
Per-table fees charged by RSVP Bridge may vary based on the event type, and are based on the number of people registered to play in the event via RSVP Bridge.
For Reservations-only events, the table fees due to RSVP Bridge are collected at the end of the billing period.
For all other events, the tables fees due to RSVP Bridge are collected when the event starts play. If an event does not start play on it’s scheduled day, it will be converted to a Reservations-only event an billed accordingly.
When scheduling an event, the manager chooses the type of the event. If, for some reason, a non-Reservations-only event does not actually get played, it will be converted to a Reservations-only game when computing the monthly fee due.
RSVP Bridge charges a fee per R-Buck used to pay for an event. If an event does not take payment via R-Bucks, there is no usage fee. If the event allows multiple methods of payment, the usage fee only applies to payments taken via R-Bucks.
The usage fees varies by event type.
For Online Play and Online Teaching, the fee is collected only if it is in excess of the per-table fee charged by RSVP Bridge.
For Scored and Reservations-only events, the usage fee is in addition to the table fees collected.
Usage fees are collected at the end of the billing period.
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Monthly minimum: $15 + R-Bucks usage fees
* Or 10% of R-Bucks collected from players, whichever is greater
** Plus 5% of R-Bucks collected from players
(All dollar amounts below refer to R-Bucks)
Springfield Bridge Club plays an online game on Thursday afternoons, and charges $5 per player. This week, 24 people played, each of whom uses $5 from the R-Bucks wallet to pay for the event, for a total of $120 R-Bucks. These R-Bucks are now in the Springfield Bridge Club account.
When the event begins, RSVP Bridge charges the club $4/table, in this case $24, which are removed from the club’s R-Bucks balance, netting them $96.
Springfield Bridge Club plays an in-person game on Friday mornings, and charges $8 per player. This week, 20 people played, half of whom paid for the game with R-Bucks, and the others paid cash as the door. So the club collected 10 * $8 = $80 R-Bucks for game (and of course the remainder in cash, which is of no concern to RSVP Bridge!).
When the event begins, RSVP Bridge charges the club $0.80/table, in this case $4.00 (5 tables @ $0.80), which are removed from the club’s R-Bucks balance, netting them $76 R-Bucks (the $80 collected - $4).
In addition, since this was not an online game, at the end of the billing period, RSVP Bridge will charge the account 5% of R-Bucks collected, which would be $80 * 5% = $4.
Springfield Bridge Club plays another in-person game on Saturday mornings, but they do not use the scoring features of RSVP Bridge, although they do permit payment with R-Bucks. The event costs the players $6 each. 36 people signed up, and 12 paid with R-Bucks.
There are no charges at game time for Reservations-Only games.
At the end of the billing period, RSVP Bridge charges the account $0.40 per table for the Reservations-Only games, so for this game, that would be 9 tables * 0.40 = $3.60. In addition, RSVP Bridge will charge a fee for the R-Bucks that were used to pay for the event, in this case 5% of 12 payments @ $6/each, which is $3.60.
Springfield Bridge Club runs lessons in RSVP Bridge, using the various teaching features, on Tuesdays at 10am, which cost $20 per player. This week, 12 people signed up for the lesson, all of whom paid with R-Bucks, which puts 12 * $20 = $240 in the club’s account.
When the lesson begins, RSVP Bridge charges the club $4/table, which is $12 in this case.
At the end of the month, RSVP computes 10% of the R-Bucks used for this event ($24), and if it is greater than the table fees collected at game time, the difference is charged to the club, in this case $12.