Unit 361 News
posted: Oct 1, 2017

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Denver Area Bridge, Unit 361 of the ACBL

Welcome to the Denver Unit web site!


Message from Rick Gardner, Unit 361 President:

Jan 10 2018

Welcome to  2018 Unit 361!

First I would like to welcome the new board members:
     - Rob Vetter has come on the board and is the Vice President and also taking care of the website and publicity
     - Dan Marthaler is with us in the role of Treasurer and Caddy Master
     - Mary Ann Rose has joined us and will be helping with Membership and all of the IN / Newcomer functions.

- The January Sectional kicks off this Friday and runs through Sunday.

- Some things to be aware of:
   - Almost all of our communications to you, our unit members, is done via email. We get your email address from the ACBL site so please make sure your email address is accurate on it. If you do not have and email account, I suggest you get one (you can go to and sign up for email) and then enter that information into your personal profile page on the ACBL site.

   - We will be printing a Unit Member Directory this year. It will have your name, phone number, and the email address that is present on your profile page on the ACBL site. Please go to your page and make sure your information is up to date.

   - The March Sectional is right around the corner (Mar 9 - 11) and there will be some changes coming to a couple of the events so be on the look out for that news.

   - This year we will be bringing back the Mentor / Mentee program so be watching for the email on that.

- Lastly as we move through the year we hope some some of the changes we are putting place will make the game more enjoyable for you, the unit members.. if you have an idea or thought on something you think will help with this please don't hesitate to let one of the board members know and Thank You for playing the great game of Bridge!


Eight Is Enough – Friday Night in March

The Friday night game at the March sectional will be Eight Is Enough.

Eight Is Enough is a team format that has been around for a few years and has become very popular. The play is standard Swiss teams – the difference is in the team composition: Players are assigned a ranking based on their masterpoints. No team may have more than eight total points.

Add them up like this:

  • 0–499 masterpoints = 1
  • 500–1999 masterpoints = 2
  • 2000+ masterpoints = 3

So a team could be composed of two 3s and two 1s, or four 2s, or a 3, a 1, and two 2s, or ... you get the idea. It's a great way to mix it up on a level playing field.

Get your team together now! And sign up by March 5 so we know how many tables to expect. Send an email to Margaret Devere or call her at 303-399-0104.

Also: If you have a partner but want assistance finding teammates, contact Margaret.


Online Directory

The Denver unit now has an online directory! Click here, enter your ACBL number and email address, and Bob's your uncle. :)

Thanks to Rob Vetter, who put this together for us with Sheryl Siegel's able assistance.

A couple of things to know:

  • We get the data directly from the ACBL, and we'll update it monthly or so. If your data is wrong, correct it in the ACBL database and it will be updated in due course.
  • If you have told the ACBL not to share your data, you will not appear in this list.
  • If you don't have an email address, you will not appear in this list.
  • If you're not a member of Unit 361 but you have a valid reason to be in our directory, we can do that. Just let us know -- send an email to the Membership chair.
  • If for some reason you want the data in this list to be different from your ACBL data, we can do that (there's an overwrite function). Just let us know -- send an email to the Membership chair.
  • If you don't want to be in this list at all, we can do that too:) Send an email to the Membership chair.
  • On certain smartphones using certain browsers, you can send an email directly from the email address in the list (how cool is that?).

P.S. I can't resist adding this. Do you know the origin of the phrase "and Bob's your uncle"? The common belief is that British Prime Minister Robert Cecil was a prime practitioner of nepotism, so if Bob was your uncle, you were in like Flynn. (Do you know the origin of the phrase "in like Flynn"?)


Change in IN Games and Awards

Based on recommendations received, the 199er events at the Denver Regional have been converted to 299er events. This will take effect in the 2018 regional. Consequently, the Frank Thorwald trophy, previously given to the player scoring the most points in 199er events at the regional, will now be given to the player scoring the most points in the 299er events.

The Kinningham/Woodward trophy is given to the player scoring the most points at the 299er events at the four Denver open sectionals. The bracketed team event on Sunday could include a 299er playing on a team with players who do not qualify for this award. Therefore, points won in bracketed team events at the Denver open sectionals will not be counted toward the Kinningham/Woodward trophy.


Unit 361 Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Awards

To see current races and previous winners and high finishers, click here.