Release 2.19o
Welcome to North Orlando Bridge Center
Location

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) 

E-mail:               northorlandobridge@gmail.com 

CLUB STATUS

We are very pleased to announce that we are reopening for Face-to-Face bridge games (Open, 0-299, and FunBridge) on

both Mondays and Fridays starting May 3RD  

At that point, we will continue to offer virtual club games on BBO only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (Swiss Team) at 12:25 pm, and on Saturdays at 10:05 am.  

Here are four ways to support our club

Play in our Face to Face games or in our virtual club games on BBO

Order online Bridge lessons - see "Replays" button at left. 

When shopping on Amazon simply use the following link:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-3296515

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

Thank you!

FACE-TO-FACE GAMES

FACE-TO-FACE  REOPENING INFORMATION

We are very pleased to announce that we are reopening for Face-to-Face bridge at the Civic Center (Venue on the Lake) on Mondays and Fridays starting May 3RD.   At that point, we will continue to offer virtual club OPEN games on BBO only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 12:25 pm and Saturdays at 10:05 am.  

Face-to-Face Game times on Mondays and Fridays: Open and 0-299 at 12:00 Noon, Fees $7.00 for NOBC members and $9.00 for guests.  Fun Bridge free lesson starts at 12:00 with supervised game at 12:15. Fees $5.00 for NOBC members and $7.00 for guests.

To ensure the safety of all, we ask the following:

  • All participants must submit to a Temperature check at the door.  Per CDC guidelines, 100.4 degrees will be the maximum temperature allowed.
  • All participants must complete and sign a Liability Waiver form (copies will be available at the club, but you can speed up registration by printing it out and completing it before you come - click here to download the form).
  • We encourage participants to be vaccinated (but being vaccinated is not a requirement). 
  • We recommend wearing a mask when entering or leaving the building and when away from the table, but masks are optional when playing due to the high percentage of our players being vaccinated.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available, and players will be asked to utilize them.
  • No food, coffee or tea will be served by the club, but you may bring in your own not to be shared. The soda machine will be available along with cups to get water.

Additional Anti-Covid Measures:

  • We ask that everyone buy Advance Purchase cards before the game with checks or correct change.  (This way, when the game has started, the director will only need to pick up 4 advance purchase cards from each table and not need to make change.)   
  • We ask that first one at the table sanitize their table and the Bridgemate using sanitizing wipes provided.  
  • We ask that only North (or South) handle the Bridgemate and enter the ACBL numbers at the start of the game.
  • We ask that East and West players take their bidding boxes with them as they move from table to table.  
  • We will not provide paper hand records (these are available online and from the Common game) but scoring summaries may be requested from the director at the end of the game.  
  • Volunteers, Managers and Directors will use gloves to handle or set out Thermometers, Bridgemates, Bidding boxes, Boards and Money.
  • The Civic Center will arrange the tables to leave plenty of space between them.

In addition, we are happy to report that:

  • Based on our survey, nearly all our club members have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. 
  • The Civic Center has remodeled and upgraded the bathrooms with touchless faucets and automatically flushing toilets and urinals. And hot (or warm) water is now available in the bathrooms.   
  • The Civic Center has also ensured that the Air Conditioning system is filtering the air to a high degree.   

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon!  We are confident that we are taking all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the players, but we ask that everyone realize you still come and play “at your own risk”.  CDC Recommendations also change from week to week so we ask that you be understanding and patient with us as things progress.

If you have any questions or concerns we would like to hear from you, please send an e-mail to northorlandobridge@gmail.com.

 

PLAY IN OUR VIRTUAL CLUB GAMES

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:  www.bridgebase.com/v3/  (Don't try to get there with BBO.com--it 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   
SPECIAL EVENTS

PLAY ONLINE - SUPPORT YOUR CLUB

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

Our Virtual Club Open Game Schedule:

12:25 pmTue, Wed, Thurs (Swiss Team), and

10:05 am - Saturday

 
Calendar
Sat May 15, 2021
Open Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Andy Wilkin
Mon May 17, 2021
0-299 Online Game
Maitland Noon
Director: Geoff Jones
Mon May 17, 2021
Open Online Game
Maitland Noon
Director: Geoff Jones
Results
#32059 Open Pairs North Orlando Bridge Center
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: David Loeb
#23471 Open Pairs North Orlando Bridge Center