Winter Haven Bridge Club
Winter Haven Bridge Club Contact Information

1805 9th St. S.E.

Winter Haven, FL  33880

For more information regarding club activities or  our web site,

please call (863) 293-8785

or email us at


Directions to the Winter Haven Bridge Club:

From the South, take US 27 North to SR 540 (Cypress Gardens Blvd.)  From the North take US 27 South to SR 540.  Go West on SR 540 approximately 6 miles; turn left at 9th St. (at traffic light with McDonalds on the left).  Bridge Center is the first building on the right, behind McDonalds.

Release 2.19p

Cell phone policy

Please note a change in the cell phone policy per the WHBC Board.

Every time your phone makes a sound during a bridge game, you will be asked to donate a dollar to the club.  The $1 donation will be doubled every time the phone makes a sound for the rest of that day.

This includes cell phones in purses.  If you are expecting an emergency call, please advise the Director before the game, and arrangements will be made to answer the call.  Thank you for  your cooperation.


Zero tolerance
Game directors have been asked to remove all non-played boards from  tables if the opening lead is not on the table by the 4-minute warning.  This results in a no-play for the boards affected which does NOT impact your overall score.  Directors are also permitted to penalize slow players who are late more than two rounds during the game.  The penalty will be a quarter board penalty.  If you are held up by slow players in front of you, you will not be penalized.

Everyone can help speed up the game.  Some suggestions:

Before entering the contract onto your scoresheet or into the Bridgemate...

♣ Make the opening lead (face down)

♠ If you are dummy place your cards on the table

Refrain from discussing any of the hands until all the boards for that round have been played.

Claim or concede as soon as you are able.  Be sure to explain your plan of play when you claim.



Calling the Director

 "Director, PLEASE"

♠ Raise your hand until the Director sees you.

 The person who summoned the Director should explain the reason for the call.

♣ Other players at the table will be given the opportunity to provide input if needed.

It is not appropriate to argue with the Director - a polite question should always be addressed.  If you disagree with the Director's ruling the appropriate action is to accept the ruling as stated, then at the end of the game ask the Director to review the ruling with you.  If you still disagree (Directors are not infallible) then request that the Director review the ruling with the Club Manager.  If there is still a disagreement, the Director will refer the matter to the Mediation Committee.

And remember, the Directors are there to help when any irregularity occurs.  Don't hesitate to call, "Director, please,"


WHBC "Sit Out" Policy

When a sit out is necessary it is the club's policy to always have the sit out be North/South.

Please keep this in mind when you choose where you sit.


Everyone Plays

The WHBC policy is that everyone plays.  If you don't have a partner - come on in and you will.  Guaranteed!


The Winter Haven Bridge Club will make every reasonable effort to assure disabled members can participate in our bridge activities, consistent with ACBL policy.

Be Scent-sitive

Some people have an extreme sensitivity to fragrances (colognes or perfumes). Many ACBL clubs, units and districts have adopted policies that prohibit players from wearing fragrances.  Because duplicate bridge requires players to be in close proximity to each other, individuals who suffer from fragrance-related reactions cannot avoid those who are wearing them.  For these individuals, the issue is much more serious than simply disliking a particular smell — it’s a real health problem.


The ACBL asks everyone to give this issue the consideration it deserves. Please, if you’re going to play in a club or a tournament, don’t wear cologne, perfume or scented lotions.


Welcome to Winter Haven Bridge Club
Membership Dues

Club membership dues for 2022 are $30.

Dues are payable now.  

Winter Haven Bridge Club Virtual Game

Winter Haven virtual games have been discontinued.  Come to the club and look your partner and opponents in the eyes!







Jan 4 Sandy Berg
Jan 6 Ann Caron
Jan 10

Allyn Lucas

Joyce Hitchman

Jan 28 Jeanie Madaus





If we have overlooked your birthday, please tell Sally so we can add you to our listing.  If we have missed your birthday, happy belated birthday.


Concerning birthday celebrations:

If you, your partner, or friends would like to celebrate your birthday at the club, you are welcome to bring a cake, treats, or whatever you would like to make it a party.  Please give Sally a heads-up.  We all look forward to celebrating your special day.




Our ACBL certified teacher will offer beginner and/or advanced classes if interest warrants.

If you are interested in bridge lessons, please call the club for information.

Club Championship

Club Championship

Dates to be determined.  Watch for updates.  


Matchpoints vs IMPs



A Theory on Matchpoints vs IMPs

Who do you think were the two best heavyweights who ever fought?


I don't really care who you pick, but take those two fighters, both
at the peak of their careers, put them in a a ring and let them slug
it out for 15 rounds. Whoever wins is the champ. That's IMPS. 


Now take the same two fighers, blindfold them and tie one hand behind
their backs. Divide the ring diagonally with a solid barrier. Now
go down to the local tavern and collect 20 drunks. Place 10 drunks
on each side of the ring and let the fighters go at it. Whoever
knocks out his drunks first is the winner. That's matchpoints!"

Check out the Ask Jerry column in the October Bridge Bulletin. It gives 

a great explanation of Master Points vs. IMPs. 


James Holzhauer

Jeopardy James  Takes on Bridge

"Winning on Jeopardy is the easy thing. Bridge - I  never will master it, but hopefullyI can get a little closer every day."

James Holzhauer Jeopardy Champion


Ever hear…?


"Bridge is more than a card game - it's a cerebral sport.  Bridge teaches your logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration, and partnership skills."

Martina Navratilova



"The real test of a bridge player isn't in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he's in."

Alfred Sheinwold



We had a partnership misunderstanding.

My partner assumed I knew what I was doing.



My wife made me join a bridge club.  I jump off next Tuesday.  

Rodney Dangerfield


The Wall Street Journal just declared bridge, not chess, the ultimate game of strategy.
The Wall Street Journal just declared bridge, not chess, the ultimate game of strategy.

 Author Michael Ledeen says, “Bridge is largely about communication, and every message a player sends—by bidding or playing a significant card—is broadcast to the player’s partner and his opponents. Frequently a player will have to decide whether he would rather tell the truth to his partner (thereby informing his opponents) or deceive the enemy (thus running the risk of seriously fooling his ally across the table).”

Common Game
Common Game

Our dealing machine only deals hands from the Common Game.

What is the Common Game?  The Common Game is a service offered through local clubs that provides bridge players the opportunity to compare their results with players at other clubs, playing the same hands, in Florida and across the country.*

What does it offer to clubs and players?

  • Players can compare their results with players in Florida and across the country
  • Pro analysis of many of the interesting hands played
  • Individual play analysis (if your club uses Bridgemates/BridgePads)
  • Prizes awarded monthly, quarterly, and annually for both performance and attendance
  • New contests coming soon

*Participants in the Common Game does not affect a player's score or masterpoint award at the local club.  The ACBL masterpoints continue to be scored and reported as always. Common Game awards are based on match-pointed results across the larger field.


Notes on the Common Game
Notes on the Common Game
As most of you are aware, all of our hand records for games come to us from The Common Game.  That enables players to compare their results with players across the world.  In addition, you get the benefit of Personal Play Analysis, if you are a member of ACBL, and Expert Analysis of selected hands, if you review The Common Game website. 
We frequently hear comments by players regarding the "stacking of the cards" or the "elimination of all of the 'normal' hands" by the hands generated from The Common Game.  It is against ACBL policy to meddle with random deals in any way.  Click on the link below if you would like any more details.
It is actually quite interesting ... very, very technical ... but interesting!  Guess when you have the option for 53,644,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 or 53 octillion different deals, there are going to be a lot of strange hands!
Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held on 

Tuesday January 25 at 12:15.


The regular game will begin at 1:00 as usual.  All members are urged to attend.

Bulletin board
2021 WHBC Board of Directors
President Harvey Cohen
Vice President Kevin Gervase
Treasurer Pete Fleming
Secretary Anne Bell
Board Directors Ron Kalisz, Lynda Bush,                     Nancy McNamara


A big Thank You to officers for donating your experience and time.


Sonny’s Book
Sonny’s Book

Club member Sonny Robinson has written a memoir Morning on Solomons about growing up on the Chesapeake.  Congrats, Sonny!

Rank Changes


Congratulations to the WHBC players who have changed ranks recently. Please contact me at with your rank changes and they will be posted.




Silver Life Master

Richard Wang

Bronze Life Master

Diane Halleen













Club Masterpoints for September

Sonny Robinson

Kevin Gervase

Gerard Rescek

Richard Wang

Pete Fleming








Name Badges for Sale

Name badges are available for purchase, ranging from $6.00-$13.00.

The order form is available at the club.


ACBL Live Results



You may also register at MYACBL to receive tournament results via email


Silver Point Games in February

STaC games Tuesday February 15,

Wednesday February 16, and

Friday February 18!! 

Extra points, all silver!!


19th January 2022
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
21st January 2022
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
25th January 2022
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Anne Lambdin
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski