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Bridge Offers Players Gratification and Satisfaction

Contract Bridge is a card game created in the early 1920s. It was made popular in the United States by Ely Culbertson decades after it was invented. There are several different variations of the game but each requires multiple players to be successful. Rubber Bridge is a basic form of Contract Bridge which is played by four players. It is informal although players can earn money by playing this type of cards in clubs. Duplicate Bridge is played in clubs, tournaments, and matches. It requires at least eight players and requires a great amount of skill. The same deals are replayed by different sets of players. Chicago is a version of Bridge played by four people over four deals. How Do People Play Bridge? Bridge is played with a deck of 52 cards minus the jokers. It requires four people sitting at a square table. Those who sit across from each other form a partnership. There are four suits that include clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Each suit has 13 cards. In Bridge, the deuce is the lowest card in the suit and the ace is the highest. A dealer is selected after he or she has drawn a card. This individual distributes the cards face down in a clockwise rotation. Each player receives a hand of 13 cards. After the play of each deal is completed, a player gets the opportunity to deal. The motion is clockwise so that everyone gets his or her chance to be the dealer. The goal is for each partnership to win or take as many tricks as possible. A trick consists of four cards, one from each player in turn. Who Plays Bridge? Due to its elite status, a number of prominent people play Bridge. It isn’t unusual to see business, government, and entertainment figures sitting at tables at tournaments and matches. Some famous Bridge players include Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Helen Sobel Smith. Bridge Clubs and Tournaments Bridge clubs exist all around the world. Tournaments showcasing the talents of some of the best known players occur often. An example of one was the The American Contract Bridge League’s North American Bridge Championships. The event will return to Seattle where the last time it took place was in 1993. Tournament play for the fall North American Bridge Championships (NABC) will be at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The event will take place November 24 through December 4, 2011

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