The New GBL Magazine

games for bridge players - great bridge linksOur stories and articles have become so popular, we tasked our development team with formatting a magazine-style gathering place.

Here you’ll find your favourite stories and everything categorized to make sure you don’t miss anything. Kudos to our great writers Alex Coyne and Katie Coopersmith. Click here or on the image to enjoy!

World Bridge Championships

2017 World Bridge Championships - Great Bridge LinksAll eyes on Lyon!

The City of Lyon hosted the 43rd World Bridge Championships from 12 to 26 August 2017. Click here

Great Bridge Links hosted their  Championship Jump Page where we annually gather together links, videos, blogs and more. Find it here or by clicking on the image.

Online Youth Bridge Magazine

World Youth Open Bridge Championships - August 2017The World Bridge Federation has launched a wonderful online magazine geared to the world’s younger players. Full of videos, interviews, stories, photos and more, we applaud the WBF on a fantastic site. Send your kids here! youth.worldbridge.org

Bridge Winners Wins Alan Truscott Award

Alan Truscott IBPA Annual AwardsThe International Bridge Press Association (IBPA) is a world-wide association which assists bridge journalists in their bridge-related professional activities. The IBPA Annual Awards honour accomplishments in various fields of bridge and are typically presented during a ceremony at a World Championship.

The IBPA Alan Truscott Award is presented periodically to an individual or organisation that, in the opinion of the IBPA Executive, has done something in the world of bridge that Alan would have approved of and appreciated. In the award announcement, it is noted that Bridge Winners, and its website, www.bridgewinners.com, has enlivened and enriched the lives of bridge players worldwide since its inception. Congratulations to Bridge Winners principals Gavin Wolpert, Jason Feldman, Steve Weinstein, Eugene Hung, Greg Humphreys, Polly Siegel and Robert Jungblut.

Other IBPA Annual Award Winners include Book of the Year – Battling the Best My Journey through the 2014 Reisinger by Sartaj Hans, Australia and IBPA Personality of the Year Benito Garozzo. To read about all the winners, click here for PDF

Robots and Their Humans

World Computer Bridge Championships 2017 - Great Bridge Links The World Computer Bridge Championships playing area looks quite a bit different than that of the human championships. This picture was borrowed from the 2017 Bridge Robot Championships website where you will find results and links to the different competitors. This year’s robots are Shark Bridge, Bridge Baron, Q-Plus Bridge, RoboBridge, W Bridge5, Micro Bridge and  Synrey Bridge. Missing this year is Meadowlark Bridge. The 2016 Championships crowned Wbridge5 after a narrow win over Micro Bridge. Who will triumph in 2017? Visit the website to find out!

In Other News

Stop card - Great Bridge LinksThe end of the Stop Card

From NABC Daily Bulletin #6 – After roughly two decades of use, the oft-controversial Stop card found in most ACBL bidding boxes will soon be missing from ACBL tournaments. During meetings at this tournament, the ACBL Board of Directors voted 20-5 to eliminate the Stop card for any sanctioned tournament that starts after Jan. 1.

The Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. On June 14, 2017, The World Bridge Federation announced that it has reached a cooperation agreement with the Olympic Channel to collaborate on content for the global platform. Read article here >>

What is bridge?

Keep Calm and Play Bridgefrom the World Bridge Federation:

Bridge is the ultimate trick-taking card game, easily the greatest source of enjoyment that four people can have with a pack of cards.

Bridge is a sport: the World Bridge Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Just like every sport, Bridge offers enormous benefits to its players.

It is enjoyed by tens of millions of people throughout the world – more so than any other card game. In social circles it is considered the card game. Whether you play casually among friends or seriously in clubs and tournaments, you will find it to be fascinating, challenging and enjoyable.

from the European Bridge League:

A mindsport card game to be enjoyed by players of all ages. Four players form two partnerships, taking the points of the compass. North plays with South and East with West. Each player receives thirteen cards (your hand) which should be sorted into suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

The game is divided into two phases, bidding and play.

Should you be a bridge player - Great Bridge LinksShould you be a bridge player? Take this quiz

Millions worldwide have found bridge to be an enriching, even obsessive pastime. Do you have what it takes to join them? Take this quick quiz to determine your potential for learning and enjoying the world’s most popular card game.

Click here >>

Just Play Bridge

Just Play Bridge - ACBL

Test your skill with this FREE Solitaire Bridge Game.

Ever want to just go online and play a few hands and not worry about signing in or setting up at a table? The ACBL has recently launched Just Play Bridge – courtesy of Bridge Base Online. Go to this link and you can start playing right away! The robots play a basic 2/1 system with 5 card majors and strong notrumps. They can occasionally be quirky. Hover over a bid for an explanation. This will help avoid misunderstandings. This is non-masterpoint play. You can play with or without registering.

How To Play Bridge

Three Youtube videos – each showing you the very basics of the world’s most amazing card game. If you like what you see, click here to visit our Learn To Play area, or choose Learn to Play Bridge from our menu at top of the page. See you at the table!

        

Games & Casinos Online

GAMES & PUZZLES

Card players love games of all kinds. Be sure to visit our Coffee Break page for bridge-related puzzles and quizzes.

Puzzle Gems offers lots of puzzle games which you can bookmark and submit your high-score every  day to compete against other competitors. Categories include Arcade, Board Game, and Puzzles

AT THE CASINO

We hope that if you’re interested in playing the slots or blackjack or poker on the internet, you’ll try it with some of our sponsors. We’ve sorted them by country for your convenience. Many of these links are to ‘guides’ and ‘review sites’ which we have listed under GUIDES.

INTERNATIONAL CASINO

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AUSTRALIA GUIDES

Casino Reef – Bridge fans looking to play some casino card games such as blackjack, baccarat and poker can click here for detailed guides to these games, as well as beginners info on opening and playing at an online gambling site.

Why Gamble Online? Online gambling is a fun pastime for many people in the world. Visit onlinegamblingsites.com for info on the top places to play games.

CANADA GUIDES

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CYPRUS GUIDES

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DENMARK GUIDES

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FINLAND GUIDES

Online Casino, or as the Finns say: Nettikasino, is extremely popular in Finland. The most popular online casino guide in Finland is Nettikasinot247.com. They provide great offers and reviews in Finnish language.

ITALY GUIDES

With Italy’s strictly regulated casino market it can be quite hard to find a good casino in the country. A few of the operators work without the required licenses and others just don’t offer a good enough variety of games. Winga.it  is probably the most  popular choice, fully regulated with an outstanding live casino room.

NORWAY GUIDES

By Norwegians, for Norwegians. Casinoservice.org is Norway’s best casino online guide. We guide our visitors to find the best option for them. Welcome to a site by Norwegians for Norwegians!

Norway’s casinopånett.org offers updated reviews, bonuses, casino games, news and online casino games for free! In Norwegian.

In Norway you can play casino in many different online-casinos. The best way to get into this is to read carefully and use different strategies and guides that you can find on various portals online. You can also get many good tips by reading books.

SWEDEN CASINO

Visit LeoVegas Casino  which offers easy to use interface puting all the card games you could possibly wish to play on your phone or tablet screen. From Blackjack tables with innovative side-bets that boost the fun to baccarat and roulette that bring real casino to your recreational time. LeoVegas is an online casino that was developed in Sweden and we are now Europe’s biggest mobile casino.

SWEDEN GUIDES

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THE NETHERLANDS GUIDES

In the Netherlands Kroon Casino is one of the oldest and best known Dutch casinos on the market.  But lots of online casino information can also be found through the popular Dutch website Casinosnederland.com . Casino Netherlands explores not only the best online casinos but presents an overview of each casino and includes land-based gambling halls in the Netherlands.

THE UK GUIDES

Slotsia is a UK no deposit casino guide. At Slotsia you find no deposit bonuses, free spins and new casino sites in the UK.

New Casino Sites. One of the leading websites in the UK where you can find new casino sites is here! Check it out and claim a new casino bonus! Compare and read in depth-reviews of many newly launched casinos available for UK players. A new casino is posted almost every week, so don’t miss out!

If you like to find the best new online casino websites in the UK, go to Casinomir and read all about it.

Mobile Slot Sites. If you like to play mobile casino games you can find loads of great links here plus lots of free no deposit slots.

When you go online to find the best online casinos you will find onlinecasinos.co.uk to be one of the best resources for you to make use of when it comes to finding the top casinos.

USA GUIDES

The number and quality of U.S. online casinos are still not at the level they were in 2006 and before, but the trends have changed and more Americans are enjoying legal casino gambling each month. Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware now support licensed, legal real money casino gambling websites, while up to 10 more U.S. states were considering new pro-online gambling laws as of 2014.  Real Money Action makes it easier to find top rated online casinos on the web.

Learn about the best real money online slots for US Players at PlaySlots4RealMoney.com. Play real cash money slot machines online that are compatible with tablets and all iOS devices, including iOS mobile smart phone devices such as Android Phones, Windows Phones, iPhones,  iPads, and iPad Mini.