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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:18 PM

Does anyone play Bridge anymore?

Remember Bridge Clubs?

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Reply Does anyone play Bridge anymore? (Original post)
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 OP
Chan790 Jun 2013 #1
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #2
denverbill Jun 2013 #3
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #4
denverbill Jun 2013 #5
TrogL Jun 2013 #6
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #20
Manifestor_of_Light Jun 2013 #7
Kali Jun 2013 #10
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #21
nolabear Jun 2013 #8
Kali Jun 2013 #9
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #22
Kali Jun 2013 #38
ConcernedCanuk Jun 2013 #11
csziggy Jun 2013 #14
ConcernedCanuk Jun 2013 #16
TrogL Jun 2013 #17
ConcernedCanuk Jun 2013 #18
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #23
mykpart Jun 2013 #12
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #44
csziggy Jun 2013 #13
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #24
Xyzse Jun 2013 #15
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #25
Xyzse Jun 2013 #35
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #43
OriginalGeek Jun 2013 #19
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #26
yewberry Jun 2013 #27
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #28
Sheldon Cooper Jun 2013 #29
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #30
duuser5822 Jun 2013 #31
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #32
pokerfan Jun 2013 #33
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #34
pokerfan Jun 2013 #36
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #42
pokerfan Jun 2013 #47
jmowreader Jun 2013 #37
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #41
Scuba Jun 2013 #39
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #40
Scuba Jun 2013 #45
Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2013 #46

Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:29 PM

1. Does anybody know how to play bridge anymore?

 

I was intent to learn several years ago but gave up when in six months I couldn't find a single person who knew how to play.

I mean at-all....they didn't know how to play at all. Some didn't even know it was a card game. Some had never heard of it.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:34 PM

2. It is dying out to a large extent. There are some online Bridge games to be found

and I know some very senior people in my area still play. I learned it many years ago.

I always thought it was a cool game but, then I like card games.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:35 PM

3. It's not the easiest game in the world to learn.

I played as a kid and my grandpa used to get pretty pissed at me when I failed to lead the right card back to him.

I've played bridge games, but it's probably tough to find an actual game these days.

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Response to denverbill (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:38 PM

4. I found one club, thinking about joining. Will probably embarrass myself but, what the hell ...

I do that any way ... with or without cards

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:49 PM

5. In the late 60's, early 70's, my folks were in Bridge clubs.

They played together maybe weekly, occasionally at our house. They must have had 10+ couples most of the time, playing for small prizes, and boobie prizes. And this was in a town of 5000 in Iowa.

I think 90% of the attraction was social, but I know they all knew how to play, or gradually learned pretty well.

If I joined a club now, I would embarass myself weekly I imagine, if not more often. But the embarrassment would probably make me improve quickly.

It's a fun game though.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:40 AM

6. I can't find anybody who plays

We used to have a group at the office but I switched buildings

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Response to TrogL (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:40 PM

20. The only people I know playing Bridge are retired from the office

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:58 AM

7. My real estate agent plays.

Said she plays with a church group of little old ladies in Houston at St. Vincent de Paul.

I got the impression that it's reasonably difficult.

Funny family story: My grandmother hosted bridge parties many decades ago and I found canasta deck boxes (two decks) in her house.

I also heard a story from Mom that grandma was hosting a bridge party and the ladies were giggling a lot. Her husband at the time barged into the kitchen and said, 'What are you using for a jigger?' and she held up a pimento glass. He said, "Good lord! It's a wonder they haven't passed out!" This was in the 1940s or 1950s.

Respectable women like my grandmother didn't know what a jigger was because respectable women did not go in bars.

Picture of said Kraft pimento cheese glasses. Sorta like "Bama crystal" only smaller:




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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:15 AM

10. funny story



I remember the small thicker glass jars that had like a thumbprint molded in design at the bottoms. don't remember cheese spread in pretty jelly glasses (or maybe I am thinking of chipped beef)

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:42 PM

21. what a sweet, story of a time gone by ...and aren't those glasses the cutest things

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:02 AM

8. My BIL is a Grand Master. Lots is online now.

Apparently Bridge was one of the first things to flourish in online communities.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:12 AM

9. never learned

used to play cards with friends though. mostly poker.

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Response to Kali (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:43 PM

22. never was much for poker myself .. a lot of spades, hearts, gin and rummy in my days

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #22)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:21 PM

38. hearts and crazy 8s

gin/rummy too (can't remember the dif, now )

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:11 AM

11. I used to play, decades ago

 

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But try to find 3 people with the knowledge and patience to play the game nowadays?

That's the really tough part.

Remember any of these?







I do

CC

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Response to ConcernedCanuk (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:28 AM

14. We have the same edition of the middle book!

It belonged to my husband's grandmother, who taught him bridge. He was often a fourth when she and her friends were playing bridge. As I said in another post, he plays bridge once a week with friends.

He taught me to play, but he and his friends are deadly serious and I find that no fun. So I no longer play with them.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:59 PM

16. We had a friggin "library" of books

 

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including little wallet sized guides everyone had on their side of the table.

My mother was "deadly serious" about the game - when I was partnered with her, it was not unusual for her to make me cry with her remarks after I made the "wrong" decision.

I started playing when I was about 11 - invited only when a 4th was needed.

Good thing we weren't playing in the old Wild West - I think she may have been tempted to shoot me more than once.

CC

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Response to ConcernedCanuk (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:44 PM

17. My parents said straight Goren wasn't aggressive enough for Contract play

I play straight Goren with a Lederer slam double, but I'm known to pre-empt especially in minor suits.

One time my partner opened 1-diamond, I responded 7-diamonds and he literally fell off his chair. Made it doubled and redoubled.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:04 PM

18. Making it doubled and redoubled!

 

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Gotta luv that



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Response to ConcernedCanuk (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:44 PM

23. and he had a daily column in the paper with comic section

I remember

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:55 AM

12. I learned many years ago, but

I don't know anyone else who plays now. I remember reading one time that Omar Sharif plays in bridge tournaments, and he said that women were not capable of being good bridge players.

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Response to mykpart (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:35 PM

44. well, bully for him!



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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:14 AM

13. My husband and his friends play bridge every Thursday evening

Some weeks they have enough people for two hands. It's not an official club, it's just a group of people that get together at Whataburger once a week.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:44 PM

24. that sounds like fun

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:57 AM

15. There is a Bridge Group that I found here

I don't know how to play it, but these octogenarians seem to love it.
I am sure you can find a group in Meetup, or start one up.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:45 PM

25. what is Meetup?

thanks

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:02 PM

35. A meetup is a group

It is a website called meetup.com where various groups of any sort of interest are formed.
Basically, people of similar interest would create a group and set up events to meet to do activities.

I am a member of a few hiking groups, a tai chi group, a capoeira group and others.
It is fun! It is one way to find an activity to do on a weekend.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #35)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:33 PM

43. thanks for the info. I will check it out! n/t

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:29 PM

19. I wanted to try but

we couldn't even get enough interest in Canasta and nobody wanted to learn bridge. Also my son keeps his A/C way too hot and our house is too small to host a party and our other friends live too far away so it's no fun to go over there even when there's a lot of beer. Lol, there's always a lot of beer. But he is cheap and buys shitty beer too so then I gotta bring something good for me.


soooo it's a PITA but I still want to try. We do Texas hold'em nights every once in a while and have played Spades or Hearts on a few occasions.

Also I think it would only be good if we had food and drink and we are all just too cheap and lazy to fix all that...lol, kinda pathetic really. Oh well, I can drink good beer in air conditioned splendor and play Xbox/PS3/WiiU at my house.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:46 PM

26. .. it's always ...something ...

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:03 PM

27. My dad does.

He's a grand master (though I don't really know what that means...)
He's got 3 different groups he plays with, each one once a week. Dad's retired now, so he has time to play!

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Response to yewberry (Reply #27)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:08 PM

28. that is impressive and somewhat intimidating ... Kudos to your father!

Masterpoints or master points are points awarded by bridge organisations to individuals for success in competitive bridge tournaments run under their auspices. Generally, recipients must be members in good standing of the issuing organisation. At the international level, competitions and point awards are administered by the World Bridge Federation (WBF); its affiliates at the multi-national level, such as the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), also issue points as do more local organisations such as the English Bridge Union (EBU), and the Deutsche Bridge Verband (DBV) and independent ones such as the American Bridge Association (ABA).
In general, each organisation has its own scheme for the categorization of competitive bridge events and has a parallel scheme for awarding various categories of points to players who are successful in them. Upon reaching certain thresholds in point accumulation or retention, most organisations bestow a rank on the individual in recognition of their achievements. Points and rankings generally have no monetary value, but have prestige value for some players and are sought after by them over a lifetime of play.
In some cases, the point awarding scheme is an important means of raising revenue for the bridge organisation insofar as they charge entry fees for each tournament where points are awarded and their availability acts as an incentive to participation; the more prestigious the points, the higher the entry fees.
In the past, points were issued in the form of paper certificates, which gave the player a tangible record of his or her achievement, but these are now increasingly replaced by electronic recording.

more at link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masterpoints

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:24 PM

29. No, but I once read The Devil's Ticket.

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Response to Sheldon Cooper (Reply #29)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:27 PM

30. that looks good! thanks for the link, SC

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:32 PM

31. No, but I've always wanted to try it

 

Looks like a fun game.

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Response to duuser5822 (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:36 PM

32. welcome to DU, duuser5822

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:51 PM

33. My parents taught me bridge

along with most of the other card games. It was the fifties and bridge parties were all the rage. It's the perfect game for two couples.

But I would rather play poker (obviously), backgammon (picked it up in the seventies when there was a bit of a rage, read a book and started winning tournaments), chess and go.


(Go board)

Neither of my parents played chess but they gave me a set for my eighth xmas. After I taught myself, I taught my father. My father used to describe chess as bridge for two people. We used to play almost every evening. When I left for college he had no one to play with so he tried to teach my mother but she said it gave her headaches. My dad would have loved the Internet.

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:57 PM

34. oh, pokerfan ... so sorry about your father. he sounds like a really nice man -



I used to play chess, also with my father and I play a lot of internet backgammon.

I think we got a Go game for Christmas years ago but, I only played it once or twice.

I don't know why but, I just never did get into poker ...except for the occasional blackjack game

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #34)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:25 PM

36. Yeah, he was

So was my mother, who we lost ten years ago.

I would rather play backgammon than poker but it's hard to find money games. There's a weekly bg tournament in Vegas that I have played. But poker is everywhere.

Go is fascinating. So simple. Easier to learn than chess but much more complex. While chess computers beating grandmasters and world champions is commonplace today, computer go has no chance against a master. Go isn't really about dominating your opponent—though that can be fun—it's more about balance. You encroach here; I encroach over there. You have a twenty stone threat threat over there but I have a twenty-five threat right here. It's about analyzing the entire board and responding to appropriate threat. If all you do is defend, you're going to be pushed around all over the board and all you will accomplish is losing your position. It's very yin-yang.



See the white encroaching on the black and vice versa? That's go. A perfect go game would consist of both players playing perfectly and a winning margin of just one stone.

I take the same approach to poker. Most people think it's about bullying and dominating the table with outrageous bluffs. And while there are all kinds of ways to win at poker, that approach is what many professionals refer to as high variance.

Poker is really about simply making the right play. Win chips, not pots. Allow room for your opponent to make the biggest mistake possible. Trying to bully and intimate your way into winning each and every pot will eventually bite you in the ass.

There is zen in poker.

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #36)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:32 PM

42. I have always wanted to learn baccarat ...

it sounds pretty zen.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #42)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 06:59 AM

47. It's a simple game

Not a lot of strategy in it but also not much of a house edge. But it is a negative EV game.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:11 AM

37. It seems to be for senior citizens only

I put the bridge column in the paper. When I got the duty I was advised: do not fuck this up, little old ladies drive down here to scream at us. Apparently the last person to do this repeated a week's worth of bridge columns, and a bus full of 90-year-old women came to the paper to scream at the editor.

All the bridge players on this thread who can't find a game, listen close: call a retirement home. ALL retirement homes have bridge leagues. And they will be more than happy for you to come play.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #37)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:30 PM

41. yanno. that is an excellent suggestion. thanks!

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:13 PM

39. My first wife's parents were bridge players. They taught me and we played endlessly...

 

... all night, all weekend bridge marathons. Occasionally I could find three other players while I was in the Air Force (1970's), but haven't been able to find three at once since then.

Still love reading the bridge columns in the paper.

One down side to playing bridge: once you learn and play, other card games are no fun anymore.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #39)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:29 PM

40. really? I think I will always love Spades or a good cut throat game of Hearts.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #40)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:39 PM

45. Even Pinochle and Canasta seem like Old Maid after you've played bridge.

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #45)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:45 PM

46. yes, I understand but, dang ... sometimes one wants something light and not many people play Bridge

Here lately I have been playing Skat (thirty-one)... talk about a no brainer but, it is a fun way to pass time and relax.

The object is to obtain a hand with a value total as close as possible to 31, from which the name of the game is taken.[2] The game is usually best played with at least four players.

more at link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-one_(card_game)

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