New Intermediate/Novice Game on Tuesday at 10 AM


Before the Tuesday game,  Mini, 5-10 minutes Class Schedule:

Let’s face it! We defend about 1/2 the time anyway, and it’s a lot more fun when you can set the opponents contracts! I expect these lessons to last about 5-10 minutes before the game using example hands already set up on adjacent tables. 

August 27 –  Lead thru strength on the board – A couple of examples – Easy rhymes that help

September 9 – Covering opponents’ honors, 2nd hand low, unless…

September 16 – Beginning Signals – Standard

September 23 – Signals- Continued – Odd Even

September 30 – Signals on suit shortness

October 7 – Suit attitude

October 14 – Listen to bidding

October 18 – 20 – SECTIONAL in St. Louis, try your new skills out!

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Backstopper’s Charity Game Sept 15

Congratulations to Ms Linda Cassens, a successful bidder to play with me in this charity Game. Linda, thanx for your generous donation to this worthy cause. With my matching donation, the total contribution will be $400. Thanx again. I do not know the name of the first bidder but would like to thank him/her also for a bid

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Magnetic Name Badges for only $5

You probably have seen people wearing name badges out and about on the bridge circuit.

Now you can get your own J’s Bridge pad badge! I am offering a new promotion where you can get a badge with a magnet for only $5. You can see what they will look like below. As you can see, I have added J’s Bridge Pad to the badge. I am hoping that this might help get the word out about J’s Bridge Pad.  Please note, you still can order them without J’s Bridge Pad in the third line for $7

In the past, we had been ordering these through Phyllis Segal and we will still be ordering these through Phyllis and the color combinations available are still the same as before. To order, you can fill out the order form at J’s Bridge Pad or drop me a line.

Proudly represent J’s Bridge Pad and save 2 bucks at the same time!

Proudly represent J’s Bridge Pad and save 2 bucks at the same time!

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Special Topic Class Series II – Coming soon!

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Series I classes, which concluded on August 10th.  We hope that you were able to learn some good things and will come back for some more. Based on the excellent response that we had, we are working on the next series, which will start in the latter part of September. It will be the same format as the last series, a two hours class at 10 AM on Saturday. Depending on the list of topics, we will probably have 4 or 5 classes. We are hoping that in between the two series, you will take some time to practice and absorb what you learned. We would love to have your input on the topics we plan to teach. Here are a few of the topics we are considering that may interest you – Basic Forcing Bids, How interpreting bidding can help your play of the hands and defense, how to handle interfering bids, carding & Discards, Overcalls, Double or not to double, Cappelletti over 1NT.  Please do respond and let us know what you would like us to cover. We would love to have your input. As always, we appreciate your participation and support. Watch this space for the dates, times, and final selection of topics.

Two over one system, four hours class is also in the pipeline. We will let you know as soon as details are finalized.

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Fall Break for Seniors at Trout Lodge, Just around the corner

Our 2019 Fall Bridge Break will be from Sept  3 – 5. It is only a few days away, be sure to register as soon as you can.  Asides from boatloads of bridge & classes there are plenty of other activities at Trout Lodge, such as arts & crafts, nature hikes, horseback riding, zip-lining, archery and much more.  There is fun for everyone!  It is just a great place to take a break from the Hustle and bustle of everyday life. Trout Lodge is nestled into 5200 acres of picturesque, forest-covered hills and a 360-acre private lake in Missouri’s Eastern Ozarks. The event is open to players of all levels and we have several new exciting events in the works for the 2019 Spring retreat. Click on the Form for Spring 2019 Bridge Break registration and details. Click on Schedule for the details.

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Our last Modern Conventions class was on May 22nd.  We will be starting a new series in the Fall. So be sure to keep an eye on this newsletter and on our website for details.  As soon as dates are finalized, we will let you know.

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Game Schdeule

List of Special games at jPad in August:






For a list of 2019 special games click on Schedule.

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Wall of Famers

May attendance prize winner is Uma Kurela! She won 4 AMC movie tickets.

Congrats Uma!
You may be asking yourself ” How can I win some of these fabulous prizes?” The simple answer is that it is not hard at all! When you attend a game or a class at J’s Bridge Pad, just put your name on the piece of paper that is provided and put it in the “Summer” Purple Pumpkin and you are entered. It’s that easy! There is no limit as to how many times you can enter. The more you play and learn, the greater your chances of getting your hands on some wonderful prizes throughout 2019. Good luck and happy playing!

July attendance prize will be a Diamond Card. If you already have one, the expiration date will be extended for 12 more months.

Past Prizes:
AMC Movie Tickets-4
$40 Cash
Bridge Baron 27
Bridge book “25 Steps to learning 2/1” by Paul Thurston.
HP 3637 Printer
$25 gift card to Boardwalk Pizza
Kindle Fires Tablets.

In the month of June, we have two pairs having a 70% game. Congrats to John & Mary Nies and Lee & Kiki.

For pictures of the past wall of farmers  click on Wall of Fame

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Did you know you can get the Diamond Card any time of the year?

The Diamond card is good for 365 from the date of purchase. Please get one and starts saving $2 on every game you play in the next 12 months!

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My First Blog

I’m Jay, the owner of J’s Bridge Pad. You may be asking what J’s Bridge Pad is, and that would be a good question. We do a lot, so what we do is hard to define. Our motto at J’s Bridge Pad is “All Things Bridge!” We have been open for over two years; it has been quite a wild ride. Some say that J’s Bridge Pad is the premier destination to play bridge in St. Louis. OK, it’s mostly me saying this. But if you stop by, I think you will agree that this is not too much of an exaggeration. In addition to playing duplicate sanctioned bridge, hosting social and private bridge groups, we also have mentor games, lessons, and group classes with experienced bridge teachers.

We are also part of the common games system, which allows you to compare your game performance with over 300 clubs worldwide. At J’s Bridge Pad we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of bridge technology. Our color touch screen scoring system, using Kindle tablets, has been an overwhelming success. They are very easy to use, if you don’t believe me, just ask someone! We have provided computer program Bridge Baron to 100+ players in St. Louis metro area at a 40% discount. This software is one of the best bridge learning tools I have found.

We are located in the heart of West County at Clarkson and Manchester Road, just a hop, skip and a throw from Highway 40. (Check under directions on the website, btw there are stairs, as well as an elevator to access our space). So come by and check out the vibrant, yet cozy confines of J’s Bridge Pad. It appears that this blog post has morphed into a commercial for J’s Bridge Pad, sorry about that. I’ll try to make sure that it does not happen again. Actually, if you have any ideas for our next blog post, please send them to me. Happy bridge playing!

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