Duplicate bridge group starts up in Brainerd area

The game takes place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Westgate Mall, continuing the weekly duplicate game once played at The Center in Brainerd.

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A regularly-scheduled game of duplicate bridge has been started in Brainerd and is seeking interested players.

The game takes place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Westgate Mall. Local players Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin organized the weekly event, which continues the weekly duplicate game once played at The Center in Brainerd.

“We found a welcome venue for the game, and so far have had pretty good success in attracting players,” Spradlin said, in a news release. “We’re looking to build on that success, so we’re inviting all area bridge players to join us, regardless of whether they’ve played duplicate before.”

Eastman noted the group is friendly, appropriately competitive and open to anyone.

“Duplicate is identical to what is called ‘party bridge’ except for a couple of mechanical differences,” he said, in a news release. For example, cards are not tossed into the middle of the table with each play of the hand, but instead preserved as intact deals for others to play, thus ‘duplicating’ the efforts of all other players.


“We will be hosting brief learning sessions for first-time players to learn these variations,” Spradlin said. “Some bridge players are intimidated by the idea of duplicate when, in fact, it’s the same game they are accustomed to playing.”

“We’re especially interested in attracting younger players to challenge our older clientele,” Eastman said.

Interested players should contact the group via email at Advance sign-up is encouraged. Players without partners are also welcome.

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