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A social outlet, one hand at a time

January 25, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY— Bridge is the chess of card games. It requires skill, strategy and a little bit of luck.

The Laughlin Senior Association is the only bridge club in the area and is part of the American Contract Bridge League.

The association has games every Monday through Friday. The action starts at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time at 967 Hancock Road in Bullhead City. It costs $7 per session.

“It’s basically a social group that plays double-deck pinochle and duplicate bridge,” Laughlin Senior Association President Bob King said. “For some of the people, this is their only way to get out.”

Duplicate bridge is when all the hands are made up in advance and everyone in the room gets to play them. After all the games, everyone gets to compare scores.

“It balances out luck and skill,” member Rita Wilhelmi said. “Some days you can just never get a good hand in bridge, but duplicate eliminates that.”

There is prize money for those that come in first through fourth.

During the summer, a lot of the winter visitors are gone and members sometimes struggle to get two or three tables going. However, once the heat subsides, they come back and five or six tables could be going. It just depends on who shows up.

Earlier this month, one of the tables had Gayle Mieck, from Laramie, Wyoming; Bobby Anderson, from Fargo, North Dakota; and David Wade, a Bullhead City local. Another table had a group of people from Nebraska.

That’s what makes Laughlin Senior Association so special. It really is just a big melting pot of people who have endless stories to tell and are ready to get down to bridge.

The Laughlin Senior Association has been around since the 1980s. It originally was in Laughlin, hence the name. However, the group had to move buildings and is now at 967 Hancock Road, Suite 101, Bullhead City.

That’s expected to be the group’s home for the foreseeable future.

“We have been at this building for nine years and just signed a new five-year lease,” King said.

The Laughlin Senior Association has about 90 paid members, and dues cost only $15 a year.

The association also offers double-deck pinochle, which is played every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m Arizona time. There is a $3 fee per session.

If you plan on playing bridge, call the director beforehand to let the director know you will be there or if you need a partner.

There is a schedule at Laughlin Senior Association or you can call 928-300-8553.

Lessons on bridge start in October on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

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