Military Bowling Championships

The 2017 Military Bowling Championships were recently completed at Gold Coast & Orleans Bowling Centers in Las Vegas. It was the largest event in it's 60 year long history registering 284 6-person teams.   1,704 players bowled team, singles & doubles events in divisions: Active Duty/Vets, Retired or Senior Retired.

The 61st annual tournament will be held at the Gold Coast and The Orleans, Casino & Bowling Centers for the 12th consecutive year on January 14 - 19, 2018.  The tournament brings together military bowlers from worldwide assignments to participate in outstanding competition in 3 divisions - active duty/veterans, retired and senior retired.  The MBC is primarily a team event with teams comprised of 6 players.  Individuals can only bowl on one team. Team, Doubles and Singles are 4-game scratch events.

News Alert
  • Gold Coast Hotel is reporting a sold out situation.
  • There are still rooms available at Orleans but don't wait too much longer to book!
  • It's always worth a try if you want to stay at Gold Coast as they get many cancellations.
  • For both hotels 1-888-402-6278.
  • NOTE - - The rates quoted in the MBC brochure are approx $5 lower than the actual nightly rates offered, our mistake and our apology.

  • Tournament Details


    Active Duty/Vets Retired & Senior Retired
    Orleans Hotel & Casino
    4500 West Tropicana Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
    Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
    4000 W. Flamingo Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89103


    • Gold Coast: January 14 - 19, 2018
    • Orleans: January 14 - 18, 2018


    • Tournament only - $160
    • Tournament Side Pots for 3 events - $15
    • Active/Vets Sunday Sweeper (Orleans, 7pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
    • Retired Sunday Sweeper (Gold Coast, 12pm or 4pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
    • Senior Retired Sunday Sweeper (Gold Coast, 12pm or 4pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
    • Optional Brackets available at check-in for tournament & sweepers
    • No Tap Tuesday Sweeper (Orleans, 6pm) - $25
    • Handicap Mixed Doubles (Orleans, 6pm Wed & Thurs) - $40
    • Sweepers, Mixed Doubles & No-Tap cost $10 more after 12/31/17

    Active Duty/Vets Division bowled at
    The Orleans

    Squad A, Active/Vets
    • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Tuesday 11:00 am - Doubles
    • Wednesday 3:00 pm - Team

    Squad B, Active/Vets
    • Monday 11:00 am - Doubles
    • Tuesday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Thursday 3:00 pm - Team

    Squad C, Active/Vets
    • Monday 3:00 pm - Singles
    • Wednesday 8:00 am - Team
    • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles

    Squad D, Active/Vets
    • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Singles
    • Wednesday 11:00 am - Doubles
    • Thursday 9:00 am - Team

    Retired Division bowled at
    Gold Coast Casino

    Ret A, Retired
    • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Team
    • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles

    Ret B, Retired
    • Monday 11:00 am - Doubles
    • Wednesday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Thursday 3:00 pm - Team

    Ret C, Retired
    • Monday 3:00 pm - Singles
    • Tuesday 6:00 pm - Doubles
    • Wednesday 4:00 pm - Team

    Ret D, Retired
    • Wednesday 12:00 pm - Team
    • Thursday 6:00 pm - Doubles
    • Friday 8:00 am - Singles

    Senior Retired Division bowled at
    Gold Coast Casino

    Sen 1, Senior Retired
    • Monday 7:00 pm - Singles
    • Tuesday 11:00 am - Doubles
    • Thursday 8:00 am - Team

    Sen 2, Senior Retired
    • Tuesday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Wednesday 7:00 pm - Doubles
    • Friday 12:00 pm - Team

    Sen 3, Senior Retired
    • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
    • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Team
    • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles
    Without a doubt, requests for an official dress code have increased over the years.

    The tournament committee agrees that a “casual but respectable” appearance should be expected from each contestant while bowling. The Dress Code will not be implemented with the mission of making any contestant uncomfortable but all players must, in the view of the tournament committee appear presentable to their peers, the many guests and sponsors.

    The tournament committee and event sponsors recommend long pants and customary bowling shirts, however shorts, hats and t-shirts will still be acceptable attire but must be in good condition and not considered offensive to other players or their guests.
    Eligibility for the Military Bowling Championships:

    Active/Vets Division

    Based on the following rules, the 6-player teams may be comprised of any combination of:
    • NEW - Any 2 teammates can double together
    • Active Duty, Veterans, Retired, Guard, Reserve or DOD retired or active. Any 2 teammates can bowl doubles together.
    • PBA National Tour Champs and Exempt players are not eligible. Only 1 PBA member and 1 High Roller champ per team – or 2 High Roller champs per team.
    • All players must present their USBC sanction card
    • Players must present proof of military status. The following is accepted and other forms of ID can be requested:
      • Active Duty ID
      • Honorable Discharge Certificate
      • Active Duty Reserve ID card
      • VA Disability ID card
      • DD-214

    To obtain ID:

    Retired & Senior Retired Divisions

    • Retired, from any U.S. branch of Armed Forces including the Guard or Reserve, or a Retired Department Of Defense (DOD) civilian
    • Players from any of the above categories may bowl in any Team Division that they fit by their personal status. Example: Retired DOD may bowl in Retired Division or Senior Divison if eligible by age
    • Before competition begins, each player must produce their Military ID or DOD ID and their USBC sanction card
    • Players without a sanction card may purchase an “Unattached” sanction card on site
    • Retired players that presented their Military or DOD ID cards since 2005 do not need to present them again as they are already on file

    • PLAYING RULES - Rules of the Military Bowling Championships. (MBC) stated herein, and those of the USBC will govern all participants. The High Roller (HR) manager will have the right to resolve all questions and disputes. All decisions shall be final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule 329.
    • GENERAL - The MBC is primarily a team event with teams comprised of 6 players. Individuals can only be on one team. Team, Doubles and Singles are 4-game events.
    • COMPETITION - All events are scratch. Competition is in 3 Divisions: Active/Vets, Retired or Senior Retired. If a team has at least 1 Active Duty or Vet who is not retired, that team will bowl in the Active Duty division. If a team is comprised of Retired and Senior Retired members, that team will bowl in the Retired division. To bowl in the Senior Retired division, all team members must be at least 60 years old by January 19, 2015, and be retired. HR manager must approve any roster changes prior to bowling. In Team, Singles & Doubles, each participant may enter only once
    • SUBSTITUTIONS - Once competition has begun, subs are allowed providing the sub is not on another team. A player who is replaced may not bowl in any other events except the Mixed Doubles. Players can only compete in one division.
    • ALL-EVENTS - Purses are determined by adding scores from Team, Singles & Doubles separately by each division.
    • PRIZES - Any unclaimed prizes will be mailed within 10 days of tournament end. Prizes earned will be paid with High Roller check. Of the $160 entry fee, $30 is lineage, $10 is for tournament expense, approximately $18 is for operational expense and approximately $102 is prize money returned 100%. Prizes include trophies, plaques, pennants and other awards and displays.
    • TOURNAMENT CONDUCT - The HR manager shall have the right to reassign participants, if for any reason, the MBC cannot be completed on all or some of the lanes, or on the dates drawn in any round. If by fire, war, weather conditions, gas shortage, water damage, labor unrest, terrorism acts or threats, mechanical malfunctions, acts of God, etc., it becomes impossible to conduct the MBC and/or companion events, all unused portions of entry fees shall be returned.
    • IRS REPORTING - It is the tournament's legal obligation to report an individual's earnings (not profit) of $600 and over, including Brackets and Sidepots. 1099 forms will be issued to those players along with an accounting of their tournament expenses.
    • USBC CERTIFIED - Players not a member of USBC must purchase a USBC Associate Membership card on site prior to bowling.
    • REFUNDS - All entry fees can be refunded 100% with notice to the HR manager of at least 24 hours before bowling starts. Hotel fees can be refunded with 48 hours notice of scheduled check-in date. Once competition begins, refunds are at the discretion of the HR manager. Once a player has competed in any event, including Sweepers, they may not receive a refund for Team, Singles or Doubles unless replaced.
    • EVENT STATUS - Regardless of personal status or age, each player bowls singles and doubles in the same division that they bowled the team event. Players may bowl in the Sunday Sweeper by personal status instead of their team's division but only in the same center that they bowl their Team event.
    • CLOSING DATE - Closing date to enter is January 18, 2016, or upon full field.

    More Tournament Information

    Buy a new Storm bowl for just $100. STORM will add a portion to the tournament purse for each ball that is purchased!  Limit 2 per player.

    • Code Red
      Storm Rocket Ship
    • Torrent
      Storm Snap Lock

    Team Count

    Active Duty/Veterans - 87
    Retired - 114
    Senior Retired - 91

    Retired/Senior Retired Oil Pattern

    Active Duty/Vets Oil Pattern
    Sweeper Format & Cost:
    • 3 games Scratch
    • Entry Fee $25/squad or $30 after 12/31/2017 (includes sidepots)

    Retired & Senior Retired Sweepers bowled at Gold Coast
    • Sunday, January 14th - 12 pm & 4 pm
    • Separate purses for each division
    • Scores are combined for the 2 squads
    • Players can re-enter, but can only cash once
    • Lanes will be oiled between squads

    Active Duty/Vets Sweepers bowled at The Orleans
    • Sunday, January 14th - 7 pm
    • Monday, January 15th - 6 pm
    • Scores are combined for the 2 squads
    • Players can re-enter, but can only cash once
    • Fresh oil for Sunday, Burn for Monday
    The Orleans Casino & Hotel

    For MBC players and their guests

    Wednesday (1/17 @ 6 pm)
    Thursday (1/18 @ 6 pm)

    • Each team must contain at least 1 MBC contestant
    • Entry Fee - $40 per team or $60 after 12/31/17
    • Unlimited re-entries, 1 in 8 cash
    • Cash once with each partner
    • Must provide most recent USBC card # or bowl scratch
    • Highest winter average of at least 21 games for 2015-16 or 2016-17 will be used
    • Handicap is based on 90% of 230 for each player, added together for a team handicap
    • Handicap is used in optional Brackets and Sidepots
    The Orleans Casino
    Handicap No Tap - Tuesday (1/16) @ 6 pm
    • For all MBC players
    • $25 entry fee
    • 3 games
    • 1 in 8 cash

    Gold Coast Casino
    Book by 12/11/17
    Standard Room
    • Saturday, Jan 14th - $75
    • Sunday to Thursday - $36
    • Friday, Jan 19th - $75

    Call 1-888-402-6278 and mention AMBOWL8 or book online at and use code:


    The Orleans Casino
    Book by 12/11/17
    • Saturday, Jan 14th - $96
    • Sunday to Thursday - $42
    • Friday, Jan 19th - $96

    Call 1-888-402-6278 and mention Military Bowling Championships or book online at and use ID: