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Jeff Bayone
Jeff Bayone
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 2, 2017
Last Seen
40 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Club
about me

Since 1976 I've owned and operated bridge clubs in New York City. Since 2014 that club's been Honors. We currently run 18,000 duplicate tables a year, but we are most proud of the dozens of classes, the now eleven rubber bridge sessions, and the five games for players with fewer than 50 master points, that we offer every week. Just last year we merged with Aaron Silverstein's two NYC clubs, Aces and Cavendish. I am now responsible for overseeing 27,000 tables a year.

I'm also the 1st Alternate on the BoG representing Unit 155 and a member of Steve Moese's BOG Teacher and Club Manager Committee.

My 2018's ABTA Introductory Book of the Year,,"A Taste of Bridge"  (Master Point Press) is the result of 40 year's teaching and watching others teach bridge to the absolute beginner. It is the first book of its kind to be published in many years and reflects a more modern and simple approach to reaching todays students who bring a lot less to the table, in terms of practical card skills, than did their predecessors. 


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Every hand where I get the better of it, or they do, through guile, stealth, or rarely in my case, brilliance.
Bridge Accomplishments
Forty unbroken years running a club in NYC and being directly responsible for bringing a large portion of those playing bridge today in NYC (and Florida) into the fold.
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
As I understand it 2C is the catch all when you don't have a game forcing hand and your own 5-card or longer suit. Is there more to this explanation that needs alerting or would this suffice?
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Agree with the first part. Clearly the only way to deal with this whether at the club or tournament level. Absent history, I would hold back applauding the 2C bid. Done often enough it would constitute either an agreement or a fielded psych. By East's overreaction it could be ...
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Completely agree. As I've said already ZT means different things to different people at different times, in different places, under different circumstances. I've always thought of ZT as simply making sure that the nasties are kept away from the rest of us.
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
This is as it should be.
Players moving before the round is called
You make a good point for why this cannot be at tournaments. At the clubs, Mike, Alan, and Joe present us with a more realistic and the more "social" approach. As to hovering in a club game, believe it or not, the players themselves seem to police that quite nicely ...
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Context. What is not stated is the history here. This is a club game. Unless two-out-of-towners were involved, it is a good bet that these players all knew one other. An "experienced player", playing in a Regional event, playing against an unknown partnership, would simply have called the director if ...
Advertising your club
Please expand on this. Advertising hasn't worked for any of the other respondents. How exactly are you able to reach your audience? What magic mixture of words and images are you employing?
Advertising your club
Sounds like, except for Chris, we've all experienced the same thing. Advertising in large market areas doesn't work.
Advertising your club
That is our experience too, and has been for the past 40 years. Word of mouth. Friends tell friends. Relatives tell relatives. How we increase this flow is what we should (must) be concentrating on.
Advertising your club
Honors, Cavendish, and Aces advertising budget is next to nothing. We rely on our websites and word of mouth. We are also at the top of searches. Word of mouth is the key though and it has stood me well for all these years. Provide a good product and word ...

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