Release 2.19o
Welcome to North Orlando Bridge Center

Location:           Venue on the Lake - Maitland Civic Center

641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland FL 32751

Phone:               321-460-2083 (Club Number)

                           407-435-5123 (Glen Martin)

                           407-808-7900 (Perry Poole) 



We will be closed for all Face to Face bridge activities until further notice.

Please stay safe and restrict yourselves socially for the foreseeable future. 

In the meantime, here are four ways to support our club

Play in our virtual club games on BBO - please take survey by clicking here and see below

Sign-up for Bridge lessons provided on Zoom - see below

When shopping on Amazon simply use the following link:

Make a Donation to our club - please use our special PayPal link.

Thank you!


David Loeb is offering a new series of classes starting October 6th

Replays of past classes are also available - See "Replays of Classes" in Menu at left

The following classes are entitled the "October" series:  The schedule and topics are:

  • October 6 & 8 Squeezes 
  • October 13 Smith Echo 
  • October 16  Dead Notrump Defense (this is for Friday due to a conflict on Thursday)
  • October 20 & 22 Count Your Way to Winning Bridge 
  • October 27 Defending 2 Suited Overcalls 
  • October 29 Building Tricks 

Description of Classes:  

  • Squeezes:  Learn how to force your opponents to discard winners or unguard suits.  Learn the conditions needed to squeeze an extra trick in the play of the hand.  Squeezes that players of any level can execute will be covered as well as some more advanced techniques.  
  • Smith Echo:  Improve your defense against notrump contract by learning how to tell your partner whether you wish to encourage the suit chosen for the opening lead.  The 3rd hand player is often forced to play to the opening trick, leaving the opening leader wondering whether to continue the suit when next on lead.  The lesson covers how to use the Smith Echo signal effectively, and what to signal when your play to the first trick is not forced.  
  • Dead Notrump Defense:  When the opponents have bid and then settle in 1NT, your side typically has half the deck.  Learn this defensive bidding agreement to learn how to penalize the opponents when 1NT is a bad spot.  Learn how to compete over a 1NT contract when the opponents are in a good spot.  
  • Count Your Way to Winning Bridge:  The best way to improve your results at the table is to count points and count distribution.  Counting points allows you to place missing high cards.  Counting distribution makes defending much easier.  Learn how to count points and distribution.  Initially, counting requires additional effort.  As counting becomes a habit, the effort involved diminishes and your play dramatically improves.  
  • Defending 2 Suited Overcalls:  Bidding over a 2 suited overcall can be difficult because the overcall steals bidding space and well describes the overcaller's hand.  Since 2 suited overcalls are effective, you can expect your opponents to use them against you.  After a 2 suited overcall, you may wish to penalize the opponents.  You may wish to compete in your suit or your partner's suit.  You may wish to invite or to force in your suit or your partner's suit.  This class provides techniques to accomplish all of the above goals.  
  • Building Tricks:  To win consistently, you need to take more tricks than other declarers.  This lesson discusses how to play suit combinations to develop tricks, how to develop length tricks, and how to adjust your plans depending on communication.  If you are averaging less than 60% of the matchpoints for the  hands you declare, you will benefit from this class.  

The classes will be offered mostly Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  The cost of each individual class is $10, all the October Series classes for $60, or you can purchase a subscription to 4 months of his classes now for $120.  A subscrition includes all the October classes and those to come in November, December (limited), and January.  There is no charge for the above for those who signed up for subscriptions in August or September.  If you are unable to attend a session, you will receive a link to a replay that you can view at any time.  You may pay with credit card or use paypal.  If you wish to purchase more than one class, click the "Continue Shopping" button before paying.  

Choose an Option
Specify Class - if Individual

Support our virtual club games on BBO with an entry fee of $5.00.  See weekly schedule under Special Events

If you are interested in supporting our club by playing on-line, please take our survey by clicking here.

  You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone to play on BBO.  A BBO account is needed (joining BBO is free).  You will also need to purchase some "Bridge Base Dollars" to cover your entry fee.  We hope you enjoy the chance to play with our friends and support the club.  The Sagamore Bridge Club, one of the pioneer clubs getting all this started, has a set of videos you might want to look at if all this is very new to you.  Click here to access these videos.   

If you are interested in playing on-line, perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Bridge Base, especially if you've been playing on BBO for a while.  To be sure, use this address to sign-in:  (Don't try to get there with won't work).
  2. If you haven't already signed up for Bridge Base Online (BBO), try to do so at least 24 hours ahead of the game you want to play in. Once logged in, click on “BBO Help” and review how to navigate around BBO.  
  3. These games are meant to support our club therefore, there will be a charge.  You will pay this charge using BBO$.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “How to add $ on BBO” for how to do this. Monday’s club game will cost each player $5.00 with 80% of this going to our club. We thank you for this support!
  4. Enter your ACBL number into BBO if you have one.  Do this in BBO as follows: Click on the ACBL World button. Click on Update your ACBL number - the link is in the list of horizontal links immediately below the list of pending ACBL tournaments, on the left side of your screen. Enter your username and password, then click on Submit. If you do not have an ACBL number, you will be unable to play in any limited games, only our open games.  New or Beginner players without an ACBL number can request an ACBL temporary membership for only $7.99.  Temporary memberships last one month but once you have an ACBL number, you can continue to play in our limited games.  This option is only available to players who have never been a full-year member. Enter our club number of “268136” when joining so that you are linked to our club.  Click here to Join Now! "       
  5. In your BBO account settings, you have the option of confirming your bids and plays which is recommended as it is makes it much harder to misclick.  In tournament games like these, the director is not allowed to “UNDO”. However, if there's a real mess because of an error, you can call the Director and he/she may adjust the results.
  6. You can also add a convention card to your profile. In tournament games, you or your partner must have a card or the director will force you to play according to the Standard American Yellow card.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Make a BBO Conv. Card” for how to do this OR see the panel below for the steps needed. .
  7. Starting two hours before game time you can register to play. Go to “Competitive” and then choose “ACBL - Virtual Clubs”.  You'll see our upcoming game listed with how many minutes there are until game time.
  8. If you plan to play with your regular partner, you will need to know your partner's “BBO user name”.  Note: We are adding BBO usernames to our member list. You will enter this when you register for the game. 
  9. If you do not have a partner, you can enter your name on the partnership desk for the game you want to play in.  There you can invite someone already there to be your partner or wait for someone else to come and invite you to be your partner. See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Want a partner? Learn How” for more on this.
  10. The games are stratified by mps of highest player--a third of the field in each strat. Once you have registered for a game, the program will automatically stratify and seat you.
  11. To see the results of these games, click here or check the results page on our website
  12. Based on the survey responses and lessons learned from this game, we will determine when and how often we will offer additional games. 

Your feedback is important so send us your comments.

Any questions call or email Glen or Perry and we will help.

BBO Convention Cards
If you and your partner are playing agreed conventions not found on the Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC), you really should create a Convention Card that describes your agreements.  
You can do this as follows: 
  1. Log on to BBO and click on your Account tab on the right hand side of screen.  Up at the top you will see Profile, Settings, Convention Card and Deal Archive.  
  2. Click on Convention Card and view the cards already there under Stock cards.
  3. Select one that is closest to your agreements and Click edit to adjust it to what you and your partner actually like to play (or Click on New Convention Card to create one from scratch). 
  4. After modifying or adding what you want, adjust the title of the card to what you like and add your partner's BBO username in the field titled "use with" (this is optional) then click save.
  5. Your new saved card will show up under Personal Cards with the title you entered.   
Now, when you are getting ready to play in a tournament and when your partner is online, select your personal convention card you added and enter your partner's BBO Username in the "use with partner" field and click on "use with partner".  This will load your card for use in that game.  You can also do this during the game if you forgot to do so earlier.  
You can view the cards selected by your partnership and your opponents when at the table by clicking on the little blue box with three lines in it at top left of screen   


Support your Club by Playing in the North Orlando Bridge Center's Tournaments on BBO.  

Our Weekly Game Schedule:

10:05 amMon Thru Sat 0-299

12:25 pmMon Thru Sun Open
Sun October 25, 2020
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: Stan Goodman
Mon October 26, 2020
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Dave Hoyle
Mon October 26, 2020
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: David Loeb
#86117 0-299 Pairs North Orlando Bridge Cente
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Andy Wilkin
#75953 0-299 Pairs North Orlando Bridge Cente