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Indian River Shores Games SUSPENDED until Fall

Duplicate Bridge at the Indian River Shores Community Center
6001 N. HWY. A1A,

will resume in the fall.

One of the Best Florida Bridge Clubs

Located in Vero Beach Florida, the Vero Beach Bridge Center is a member-owned bridge club. We host daily bridge games, duplicate bridge tournaments, bridge classes for all levels, celebrity speakers, and student games for new players which are all sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. In fact, the size of our club allows us to hold many restricted games for up and coming players; no need to swim with the sharks! 

Pre-dealt boards for pair games mean no shuffling and hand records are available after each game, whether for the daily bridge play or on-site duplicate bridge tournaments. The use Bridgemate II units allows results to be ready immediately following the game.

We have one of the best duplicate bridge clubs in Florida, if not the nation. We are currently ranked  #4 in North America for 2019 based on the number of tables played during the year!

Vero Beach Bridge Center


  Getting Started Tutorials


If you are "Blocked" from registering for VBBC's private tournaments on BBO, login to Bridge Base Online Home, then ACBL World. At the bottom of the page are 3 blue tabs. Select "Update ACBL Number". Verify your user name & add your ACBL # if blank.  This is the number one reason someone is "Blocked." Other possibilities are that the ACBL membership dues are not current or the user name differs from the one in which you originally registered. You will not be able to register for the 0-99 or 0-750 games if your ACBL number is not in your BBO profile. Another situatioin that may not allow you to register is if you chose to be invisible. Please uncheck invisible on the BBO log-in page when you play a Virtual VBBC game. If these items are not corrected, BBO will not be able to award masterpoints. They must have a user name, ACBL number with up-to-date dues, not be invisible, and all must be linked with the member's BBO user name.

If you would like to play but do not have a partner, you can go to our game, click "Partnerships", and add your name or invite any of the players listed. You can also register as a "substitute" for one of our games by going to the game once it has begun (Running Games) and click "substitute". We are in need of subs due to inadvertant disconnections and to avoid sit-outs.

For BBO Results from our VBBC virtual tournaments, go to the upper right of the VBBC Home Page. 

We hope you are enjoying playing online in VBBC's virtual club!

We have added selected Virtual VBBC Tutorials to help you transition to this new online world. We now archive all our Tips and Info  previously emailed.
Last updated : Jun 1, 2020 10:40 EDT

Two of our own directors, Stan Yellin and Arnie Summers, have joined Jamie and Martha in directing tournaments on BBO, and now Maggie Eggleston and Jack Wilson are preparing to join the ranks. Our tournaments consist of 18 boards and last approximately 1 1/2-2 hours in the Open contests and closer to two hours in the 0-750 and 0-99 tournaments. It was necessary for us to increase our entry fee to $7, effective June 1. The masterpoint awards are 100% black points. The private tournaments award more masterpoints than any of the other games (including the "Support Your Club" games) on BBO, and they have recently increased the masterpoint awards. The Club will receive approximately 77% of the entry fee. Only VBBC members and those players who have played at the VBBC within the past 15 months will be eligible to play in a Virtual VBBC tournament. This is a great way to help your club while we are closed and still play with your regular partners! If you have not played on-line yet but are curious about it and interested, here are some helpful instructions:

  1. Our private games are held at
  2. If you are a member of BBO, Click the Login/Register red button.
  3. If joining for the first time, remember to include your ACBL #. This is what BBO uses to identify you so you are eligible to play in a VBBC-BBO game
  4. Add funds with the "BB$" button (If you are going to play on an iPad or iPhone, you will pay more for BBO Bridge Bucks)
  5. Go back to the original BBO homepage
  6. Close the BB$ box and click "HOME" 
  7. Choose "COMPETITIVE"
  9. Look for Vero Beach Bridge Center games (CLUB # VACB105346) and note that they are called "tournaments" rather than games.The tournaments are not visible until 2 hours before the game begins and you may not register for a game sooner than 2 hours before it begins. 
  10. Click on the VBBC tournament and register with your partner using partner's BBO user name. Either one of you can "invite", but both partners need to be logged on at the same time to register and be able to accept the invitation. Keep in mind that if you are registered to play, you can leave the BBO site, but you must be logged back on within 10 minutes of the tournament's start time. If you are "blocked" from registering for one of our games, please keep trying. Make sure you have sufficient BBO Bridge Bucks.
  11. Playing on BBO differs from playing in the Club with regard to the alert procedure. On BBO, you will "alert" or "announce" your own bids. You do this by clicking Alert and typing in the bid's meaning. This is so different that it's easy to forget.
  12.  Please watch this informative video by Silvana Morici of the Sagamore (NY)  Bridge Club, for further BBO instruction: CLICK HERE

P.S. If you need further assistance with your BBO log-in, etc., please call Martha or Jamie. Their phone numbers are in the April Gazette, which you can read on-line. They are available at the VBBC each weekday, 8:30-1:00, if you'd like to reach them by phone there, 772-562-3008.

Last updated : Jun 1, 2020 15:46 EDT



We are currently sending out email notifications with updates. If you have not recently received an email from the club we may not have your correct information. Please email us at, to update your information or to be added to our email list.

For updates from the CDC, click here to go to their COVID-19 information website which is updated daily:

Last updated : May 3, 2020 06:41 EDT

Board of Governors officers for 2020 were elected at the recent monthly board meeting. They are:
David LeBar - President
John Brunner - Vice-President
Ann Taylor - Secretary

We thank the following board members whose terms have expired for their valuable service:
Karen Adelman
Denis Conlon
Jan Greene
Maxwell Hughes

Special thanks also to our Treasurer, Ellen Gelberg, who also served as the chairwoman of our budget & finance committee.
Board of Governors members for 2020 are:
John Brunner, Freeman Bunn, Bill Capodagli, Tom Coulter, Bob Geeseman,
Jack Hughes, David LeBar, Steve Osiecki, Ann Taylor, and Louann Yates.

We are fortunate and very appreciative to have these dedicated volunteers willing to serve our club.

Last updated : Mar 18, 2020 16:53 EDT
Latest Virtual VBBC Results

BBO Results. Available immediately after game.

ACBL Live Results. Improved presentation, but doesn't post until a few hours after game is over.

Partnership Assistance for Virtual VBBC Games-THANK YOU, ARNIE!

Contact Arnie by Email

Speaking of Results . . .

BBO has sophisticated algorithms available for picking up unethical behaviors (talking on the phone while playing, playing in the same room, unusual bidding, unusual results, etc.). The penalties are stiff if one is caught cheating. Don't risk your ability to continue playing bridge in ACBL sanctioned games or tournaments for a few good results. Permanent suspension (for LIFE) from all ACBL events is a real possibility. Virtual VBBC games have greater integrity of results because the members know each other and we use our own directors, who are more likely to note unusually good results on a board(s) or games.
From the ACBL:
As in any bridge game, cheating in online bridge is prohibited. Do not share any private information about your hand with your partner or anyone else. Discussion via phone, video, in person or any other means is not allowed.
When you play on BBO, every call and every play are recorded. If you cheat online, you will get caught! In addition to player reports by Bridge Base Online, there are automatic surveillance tools to alert the game operators of potential cheating. If a player is found to be cheating in an ACBL-sanctioned game, the club will bar that player from BBO. In addition, the player may be subject to discipline under the ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations. Both ACBL and BBO are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of these online games so that honest players can be confident of a fair contest.



AND NOW ON SUNDAYS @ 1:15 p.m.
Tell your friends who have not tried playing on BBO yet and ask them to play!

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Phone: (772) 562-3008

1520 14th Avenue
Vero Beach FL 32960

Unit 240, District 9, of theACBL

299er Stratified Pairs
Director: Pieter
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Maggie
Open Pairs/Open Swiss
Director: Geo Bleskachek
0-20 Pairs
Director: Jamie
299er Stratified Pairs
Director: Arnie Summers
VBCC Invitational
Director: Toril
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Jack
Riomar Invitational Pairs
Director: Toril
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Arnie Summers
499er Stratified Pairs
Director: Martha
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Jack
0 - 99 Pairs
Director: Mimi Gerstell
499er Stratified Pairs
Director: Martha
0 - 50 Pairs
Director: Stan Yellin
IRS Pairs
Director: Stan Yellin
299er Stratified Pairs
Director: Pieter
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Arnie Summers
Moorings Invitational Pairs
Director: Toril
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Maggie
299er Stratified Pairs
Director: Mimi Gerstell