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Sounds fun Larry! Like I mentioned to Craig - I'd love it if you wanted to send a little article and some fun photos - I'll share it on social media and Great Bridge Links. Maybe a bit on how you got started, and how you choose who and where :)
Dec. 25, 2018
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Thanks Peg - I think we could do it - would be slow and we might not see the full results - but let's get it started!
Dec. 25, 2018
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I'd love to hear more Craig - any chance you could write me up a fun article and send photos? I'll share it on social media and on Great Bridge Links
Dec. 25, 2018
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These are interesting times as far as marketing goes. How exactly does one market the game anymore? Young people do not see things in magazines or newspapers. Heck, they don't even see email. What they see is Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat … If a club is not using these methods for marketing they are not reaching anyone under 40 imho.

The ACBL had a good idea setting up their ‘Bridge Feed’ but seriously, it's mostly a collection of pre-scheduled canned material. Where's the news? Where's the excitement? And as someone who will share bridge news, I find very little worth sharing on social media.

We had a world championship event recently - and as the owner of a website that features championship news and links, it was very hard to find any mention of the event. NCBOs weren't posting news about their players getting ready for the event. ACBL as host had pretty much nothing on their site in the lead-up. Florida even less. The WBF had a lot of the more technical stuff, but very little of interest to someone not ‘in the know’ -

Every day I look around the net trying to find news about bridge. Stories of interest. It's very hard to come by.

And don't get me started on pay walls! How are people going to see the world of bridge, get excited, want to try it out, when the magazines are behind paywalls?!? I'd venture to guess there is no magazine in the world in modern times that would cause someone to want to buy a membership in an organization in order to read it.

A lot of bridge marketing is based on old models - times are changing but it doesn't mean the end. It just means change.
Nov. 25, 2018
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True Randy - I think most start at a club, and then after a period of time are talked into trying out a sectional game by the club owners or their friends. If the sectional is a good experience, they have more confidence at the club and their game starts to improve. It's human nature to want some kind of frame of reference, so points become important and hence the membership with ACBL. It's a process - but it starts at the club
Nov. 25, 2018
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In BC we have a thing called the BC Gaming Fund. Any non-profit can apply for funding - a bridge club would totally qualify especially if the generational diversity were emphasized!
Nov. 24, 2018
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If clubs were not worried about overhead so much, they would welcome and support tournaments more - especially sectionals which are a great way for new players to ramp up their game. Which in turn brings them back to the club to practice more before the next tournament!

And wouldn't it be nice if the tournaments had fundraiser days, or games, or events, for the local clubs. As a gesture of good will and team building.
Nov. 24, 2018
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As the nursery for most bridge players (and many bridge teachers), clubs are more than a cash cow of course. I am not a club owner, but I would guess the biggest challenge to being the owner of a successful club would be facilities rental/mortgage. Funds available for club owners to help defray facilities expenses would be a good start. This could take many forms - help with local government grant applications, help with loan applications/mortgages (some kind of co-signing), a moving of money from one fund to another and instituting a grant procedure, help with online funding platforms … there are likely viable options for any club anywhere, but having the help to access these would be a good ACBL service I think.
Nov. 24, 2018
Jude Goodwin edited this comment Nov. 24, 2018
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This from the IBPA September Bulletin

The 2018 Hainan Bridge Festival schedule is as follows

2018 IBPA Awards – Thu. Oct. 25
Opening Ceremony – Thu. Oct. 25
Open Teams – Fri. Oct. 26-Tue. Oct. 30
Open Pairs – Mon. Oct 29-Wed. Oct 31
Senior Teams – Thu. Nov. 1-Sat. Nov. 3
Three-Bid Teams* – Thu. Nov. 1-Sat. Nov. 3
Mixed Teams – Sat. Nov. 3-Thu. Nov. 8
Mixed Pairs – Tue. Nov. 6-Thu. Nov. 8

* The Three-Bid Teams introduces an interesting
concept: each player is allowed only three bids in any
auction, not counting Pass, Double and Redouble. The
event is reportedly very popular at the HBF.

Website:
http://www.ccba.org.cn/Tour/TourIndex.aspx?tourid=12184

(in Chinese)
Sept. 10, 2018
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Someone mentioned finding duplicate bridge hand analyses on the net - I wonder if something like this would work?

https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism-checker
July 31, 2018
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Thanks I'll add that in!
June 14, 2018
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I see - you're right. Thanks for this. I've added Bridgescore+ to the page Scoring Software and started a section In The Cloud. I'll approach the other pages in this way as well.
June 12, 2018
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Thanks Nicolas - I'm not sure if this is different from web-based?
June 11, 2018
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Thanks Adam - it's on the page
June 11, 2018
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Yes we've been featuring this on our New Links page, and it's at the top of our Play & Learn Apps section. It's also on our Learn to Play page :)
June 9, 2018
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Yes - I was visiting the site the other day. It is included on our pages - on the Play Online page under Online Play & Learn, as well as at the top of our Learn to Play page :)
June 9, 2018
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And btw this is a ‘sponsored post’ with links to 888 Poker - this kind of posting should pay Bridge Winners for the privilege of living here and riding the bridgewinners.com google train
June 6, 2018
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Good point. But then, money, chips, points - they are all a kind of currency that ‘rates’ the skill of a player. A big part of poker is the betting, true - but a big part of rubber bridge is playing the money, and the opponents, as well. And poker could be played without money - maybe convert money to score points - so, doubling down on a hand at blackjack could win or lose score points etc
June 6, 2018
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I get a lot of ‘sponsor posts’ submitted to Great Bridge Links that want to compare poker to bridge - and mostly I turn them down. Other than the fact they are both competitive games, and both involve holding cards, there's not much comparison and the exercise seems pointless. It is curious, however, that now we can play against robots which prevents cheating, why there isn't more online money bridge out there.
June 6, 2018
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