Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Alan Powell
1 2 3 4 5
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I checked a random sample of Kings of Clubs and the border is equidistant from the top and bottom edges. I checked with my board making staff and they report never having had an issue with the King of Clubs.
Maybe they can do something on the dealer4 side when you send it for service?
I wish I had more helpful advice.
Dec. 21, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
We use the bridge buddy decks .33 decks and dealer 4 without an issue with the club kings. I will make a random check of my current decks to see if the printing flaw occurs or not. Maybe you just have a bad batch? I have been through 1500+ in the last 3-4 years without noticing this specific problem.
Dec. 20, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
What if one person bought out all the individual sanction holders, would they still reap the benefits of Unit subsidized equipment and space? (This is an academic question and should in no way be construed as an offer on my part.)
Dec. 4, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Are you measuring tables played in a zip code by just using the zip code of the bridge club or by actually crunching the data of players from each zip code regardless at which club they played?
Dec. 4, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Since the common game is the only difference, does the monday night director take the option in ACBL Live to post on the common game as well? Check that all the directors have the same options chosen on their ACBL Live account.
Dec. 1, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Good tables last a long time. Chairs are a whole different issue. I don't have a single chair left that I started with 25 years ago. I have 95% of the wooden tables I started with plus the above tables which replaced metal folding tables along the way.
Nov. 27, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Those side tables are nice, I may have to replace some of my old tired ones with them. The purse storage shelf is very important. It reduces trip hazards and clutter.
Nov. 27, 2019
Alan Powell edited this comment Nov. 27, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I have 10-15 of these which have been in use for 15+ years without many issues. I think I have lost 1-2 to damage over the years.

https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Table-Vinyl-Inset-Mahogany/dp/B008A6KRAY/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=folding+wooden+card+table&qid=1574912704&sr=8-5

Easy enough to clean and they wear pretty well. Lightweight and storable as well. Even if you go with center post tables, you should have some folding tables around for days when you have to jam another 3-5 tables in the room.
Nov. 27, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The local unit runs double KO's which occasionally are held at the club, but the club itself has not sponsored double KO's during my tenure as a player or owner.(almost 30 years now)

Each year we hold a party with lunch on New Years Day in the afternoon which fills us up to capacity. We do hold special events on Sundays once or twice during the year but are usually closed on Sunday.

Assuming you can handle any size crowd, my order of preference would be:

1. The game that would get the biggest turnout
2. A game that needs help
3. Spread them out equally

If choosing an already popular game would result in turning people away, then I would definitely choose a game/time that needed help and had room for the large influx of players.
Nov. 24, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1. By the Game

2. N/A I staff both games with directors

3. Yes

4. We publish a monthly calendar. We post special events on the website and on the white board at the club. We do a Blast email a couple times a month with the special events etc, possibly targeting the specific audience for the events.

5. We match people up who are looking the day of the game as best we can, assuming they are compatible skill/personality wise. We do not guarantee partners except in certain beginner/intermediate games where the policy is advertised and explained.

6. Special events are scheduled in and around the local tournament schedules. I like to do my quarterly club championships during one specific week during the quarter. That way you can market them as a block and people may schedule extra bridge that week. There is usually a good week in each quarter without a local tournament and/or other holiday conflict. Same goes for Club Appreciation games. As for NAP's, upgraded CC's or other special stuff, I like to plug them in for games that need an attendance boost rather than games with already large attendance.
Nov. 24, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I rubber band the old decks and put them out in boxes for people to take for whatever purpose they like.
Decks have ended up in:
random care packages for active duty troops
local schools
battered women's shelters
schools in Africa
and probably somebody's garage
Nov. 18, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Perhaps it's too permanent. A retractable divider would be preferable.
Nov. 11, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
A room divider to allow for two separate games/lessons to happen at the same time is a good idea. It has to be soundproof to make it effective though. I doubt a curtain would get the job done.
Nov. 11, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
My preference would be before the 199er game. That way at the end of class you could announce the game and try to match up singles from the class to boost attendance.
Nov. 10, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I would try to get your Education Committee to schedule the lesson either before or after the 199er game. This would promote attendance of both rather than split the audience. Having it on the same day is good. Having it at the same time seems counterproductive.
Nov. 9, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Not every session has Open and limited for us, but many do. Whenever I have 2 different games running, I staff 2 directors. Rarely if there is a holiday and both games will be small or combined into one, I will only use one director.

For games with a short lesson at the start, I use one Teacher/Director and an Assistant. The assistant collects money, answers the phone and seats late players who arrive during the lecture. The assistant also fills in if needed so we can guarantee partners in the lower level games. So it's sort of 1.5 directors for some games.
Oct. 26, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“I'm sorry, we didn't have a player of your caliber available” works for all situations and circumstances. Especially for those who have a different understanding of their own performance than their former partners.

I also use, “The best way to be sure you get somebody you would like to play with is to ask somebody you would like to play with.”
Oct. 21, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Bidding Boxes, although prevalent in tournaments, were not widely used in clubs at the time.

Night games started at 7:30 or even 8:00pm.
Oct. 13, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Brozel was invented by Bernard Zeller of New Jersey. It was named for him and his partner Lucy Brown. Hence the Bro and the Zel. I wish I could give you an exact year, but my bridge career doesnt go back that far. It was still very popular in NJ in 1993.
Oct. 13, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
For the record, I am talking about maybe packing it in after another 5 years, which will bring my total to 30 years in the business. Thats long enough to do any one thing IMO. While I am not getting rich, I am doing well enough that its not a monetary issue despite another wave of increased competition lately. If I get the time and energy ill make another thread about profitability, pricing and dealing with competition.

Also, while the new incentive doesn't seem like much to Jeff and I, it could have positive impacts for other aspects of the bridge universe. How about a teacher who teaches a few classes out of their home, but in the past didn't bother to promote the acbl to their students. Now there is incentive for them to get their students to join and possibly get them out to clubs so they have a small passive stream of income to supplement their teaching. Everybody wins in this scenario. The ACBL, the local clubs and the teacher.
Oct. 13, 2019
1 2 3 4 5
.

Bottom Home Top