Since resuming sessions, Bluffs Bridge Club has been averaging six tables which equals out to 24 players. Flatowicz said that even clubs in Omaha have smaller groups some days.
“We are slowly growing, and yet to have six tables is excellent,” he said.
Flatowicz is also the co-owner and director of House of Cards in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been playing bridge for more than 50 years. He has played in high level bridge tournaments all over the United States and internationally.
Bridge is a game of partnership and communication, and Flatowicz described it as a “happy marriage.”
“It’s an atmosphere where players can come, have fun and not have to worry about memorizing how to score because we have bridgemates,” he said.
Bridgemates are a wireless scoring system for bridge games that look like calculators.
When the games are over, players are given an answer sheet so they can see what they should’ve done, but sometimes players do better than what the answer sheet says, Flatowicz said.
No matter how many years of experience someone has, Flatowicz says the knowledge of Bridge is endless.
“Some people have been playing for 30 to 40 years, but they learned from playing with friends growing up, and some have never had formal lessons,” he said.