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August 1, 2021

Monday Oconomowoc Bridge back to Online 12:45 pm

Starting Monday August 2nd we will be back to online for the Monday Ocon game. 
12:45 pm Mondays on BBO VACB273110
We will look to go back to in person starting Monday Sept. 13th. 

Please reach out to others to advise them of the change.

Mark Nehs, oconbridgeclub@gmail.com 

July 31, 2021

ACBL Cancels F2F Tournaments in August

In case you didn't see it, I'm posting a message from the ACBL.
 
Dear Member,
 
Today the ACBL informed units and districts that all August face-to-face tournaments have been canceled due to the risk posed by the coronavirus Delta variant.

If you were planning on attending a face-to-face tournament in August, please click here to read the entire announcement.

We do not make these decisions lightly. We apologize for the late notice and any inconvenience it caused.
 
Sincerely,
Joseph Jones
ACBL Executive Director
July 30, 2021


 Lynette. 7/31/21

July 27, 2021

Carol Rushman Passed Away

It is with great sadness to let you know that Carol passed away in her sleep last night.

While Carol has had health issues, this was unexpected.

John
7/27

July 22, 2021

SCHUETZE BRIDGE REQUIRING COVID SHOTS AS OF AUGUST 3rd.

Starting as of August 3rd, SCHUETZE Bridge will require to see COVID inoculation cards before seating players. No player will be seated without one. 

Masks are optional. 

Scot & Pat Rutherford
Playbridge@wi.rr.com

July 16, 2021

NOW A GAME FOR ANY TIME!

THESE ARE THE UNIT ONLINE GAMES.

TO SEE THE UNIT IN-PERSON GAMES, CLICK THE CLUB SCHEDULE LINK ABOVE. 

Upcoming Unit 222 Online NAP games 
6:35 pm Monday July 19th
6:35 pm Tuesday August 3rd

Mondays                                        6:35pm 4 Aces              

Tuesdays                                       6:35pm Ocon

Wednesdays                                 6:35pm Ocon Mentor 1st Wed. & 4 Aces 4th Wed.   499er 4 Aces 2nd/5th or Ocon 3rd

Thursdays                 10:05am 299er Ocon      

Fridays                   12:50pm 299er Ocon    6:35pm Ocon             

Saturdays                  12:30pm 299er 4 Aces

Click here for 4 Aces Bridge Club Results
Click here for BBAD/Brookfield Club Results
Click here for Ocon Bridge Club Results

4 Aces, BBAD, Brookfield, Oconomowoc, Racine, and Waukesha club players are all invited to come join us. 
1.5x the normal club game black masterpoints until further notice. 

Play with friends and support your local clubs.

July 14, 2021

Jerry Schlais Passed Away

Sadly Jerry Schlais died Sunday. He was an avid bridge player in Waukesha 
and he will be missed. Our condolences to his wife and family.
For his obituary and information re his visitation and service go to this site:
 http://www.randledablefuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jerald-Jerry-Schlais 



Lynette
7/14

July 13, 2021

Schuetze will start the Friday 1st & 3rd game in SEPTEMBER

At the moment, we see no point in trying to start the Friday 1st & 3rd game until September. 


Scot & Pat
Playbridge@wi.rr.com

July 5, 2021

RDBC Games Update

The Racine Duplicate Bridge Club is open for in person play on Mondays and Fridays with a 12:15 PM start time.
Reservations are no longer required, but advanced notification would be appreciated.
The Tuesday evening game will be held at 6:30 PM only if there are enough players.  Notification of a game being held will be posted on this page in a separate news item. 
The club requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.  The wearing of a mask is no longer
required, but attendees should know that these rules only apply to a room rented by the bridge club during our game time.
The room is part of a larger facility that has no restrictions on attendance, mask wearing, or vaccination. 
Please do not attend if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting any covid, flu or cold-like symptoms.
The facility is undergoing outside renovations and is closed to the public until 3:00 PM on Mondays.
The building is open to the club via the south doors, where we normally enter, just East of the new concrete patio.

Contact Henry Kensler, Club Manager (262) 652-6173 with questions.
5/15/21

June 30, 2021

WE'RE BACK! WAUKESHA SCHUETZE BRIDGE REOPENS JULY 6TH. [expanded]

TUESDAY, JULY 6th, WE START OUR FIRST WEEK BACK!

          Tuesday & Thursday at 11:30!
   We also start the 1st & 3rd Fridays on the 16th. 

Same Place: Riverview Room at the Schuetze building, 
              1120 Baxter Street in Waukesha

We will have coffee, and you may bring your own lunch!

Per the ruling of the Waukesha County Health Division, which is the
governing body for Waukesha Park and Rec, Masks and COVID cards are 
voluntary. They believe if you have had Covid, or the full Covid 
shot series, you are adequately protected from COVID. You may 
choose to wear a mask voluntarily to protect yourself, which would 
also reduce the likelihood of Colds and Flu. 

Just so you know, 
We will be rotating our card sets so the cards will have been dormant for a week, 
and you will also be taking your bid box from table to table,
and the tables will be sanitized each day before and after the game.
Wipes and sanitizing lotion will also be available on the counter. 


Scot & Pat Rutherford
playbridge@wi.rr.com

May 21, 2021

Monday Oconomowoc Bridge Live Monday June 7th

Starting Monday June 7th we will return to Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc. 12:15pm Game time.
12:45pm May 31st Memorial Day will be the last Monday online game. 

You must have your vaccination card with you. We will supply coffee. No food.
Masks will not be required but you may wear if you wish.  
You may eat outside of the playing area with food you brought for yourself.
Guaranteed Partner. 

I plan to keep all the other games online for now but looking for your input. 
Ocon Virtual Club Schedule: Tuesdays 6:35pm, 1st Wednesday 6:35pm Mentor, 3rd Wednesday 499er 6:35pm
Thursdays 10:05am 299er, Fridays 12:30pm 299er, and Fridays 6:35pm. 

Please send me your thoughts on the number of face to face games you want and which games in search of a nice balance. 

Mark Nehs, oconbridgeclub@gmail.com
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May 13, 2020

BBO Miscellaneous Information

BBO now has two main servers. Thus two sections on the same website:

When you are playing in the Casual area, you will not see players connected to the main BBO server, 
and vice versa. This means someone playing an ACBL tournament for example will not see in the list 
of online players his friend who is playing in the Main Bridge Club.

When you are playing in the Casual area you will NOT be automatically taken to your tournament, 
if you are registered for an upcoming game. So if you register for a Virtual Club Game and want to play
a few hands in Main Club until it starts, you might miss your game. Remember to switch back to 
the Competitive area with a few minutes before your tournament is scheduled to start.

The link below is from the Dallas Bridge Club. Click on the link and then scroll down until you see the BBO tutorial section. 

Click here for BBO tutorials

You should have a convention card filled out online in BBO for each partner you play with.
1) Once logged in click on account
2) click convention cards (at top)
3) click new ACBL convention card
4) Partner - is your partner's BBO login name
5) when done click save changes
6) click back to get out of convention card mode

To add your ACBL # to your login:
1) Click on ACBL World
2) Click update your ACBL number at the bottom
3) Add your ACBL number and click update
Your ACBL number must be listed to get master points on BBO.

All MP Limited games players must be ACBL members with there ACBL numbers attached to there BBO accounts. 
ACBL has advised no exceptions. Must be attached at least 24 hours prior to game time. 
New ACBL members may take up to 4 days to process. 

If you don't want to buy BB$ online you may mail them a check along with your BBO login name to:
Bridge Base On Line LLC 9030 West Sahara Avenue #710 Las Vegas, NV 89117

If you feel you mis-click often in bidding or playing a card, there is an option to confirm your bid or card played to avoid this:
   1) Click the account tab
   2) Click settings
   3) Toggle the bar to confirm bids
   4) Toggle the bar to confirm cards
This will mean you will tap each twice before the bid or card is played.

Looking out for cheaters... The ACBL (and many of you), are concerned about the ability for a pair to cheat using
the online engine. They are improving their program that runs in the background to pick up unusual bids and play
of the hand. If someone is flagged, then they will be expelled from ACBL and all their points taken away.  
Apparently, the onus will be on the players to prove that they didn't cheat and not for ACBL to prove they did.

What happens with late finishers in ACBL BBO Games? 
You are automatically taken to the next hand - try and forget about the previous one.
The computer program, looks at the tricks already played and if towards the end of the hand or the outcome is obvious it automatically adjusts the score. All players will be notified of the adjustment.
If it can't do that, then the director is notified. We look at it decide if we can determine a normal and clear bridge result. If we can we will adjust the score. We do our best. 
If too early and not clear Average is awarded Ave==. 
Of course, when you see the score you can ask for it to be checked, but carry on playing as we can adjust for 15 minutes after the game as well. Do not make for another late play whether the 1st one was your fault or not. 

If somehow you lose the internet connection when playing in a game, don't panic.

1. Try to login in and if you can't get in, just keep trying, you'll get in eventually.
2. Someone at the table should call the director and let them know.  The director will try and get a substitute until the person comes back online.
3. When you come back online, you will automatically be reinserted into the game at the next hand.
4. Partner of the person who gets disconnected, please don't leave.  Your partner will be back.

June 20, 2019

Unit Members Passing Away Notification

It is the Unit's policy to send The ACBL a donation when a Unit member has passed away.

Maxine Cohn is the person who advises The ACBL on behalf of The Unit.  Therefore, please advise Maxine, preferably via email,
when you know a Unit member has passed away.

Maxine's contact information is:

maxinecohn@gmail.com
Cell: 414-581-9493

Thank you.

John Pereles
Unit President
6/1

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