Judy Kay-Wolff

SAYING GOODBYE TO A SHRINE …

Every good thing must come to an end — so they say.   Bobby and I are here at the Sectional in Las Vegas at the Riviera.   I was not around in the early days (although I spent part of my honeymoon at the Flamingo in ’63).   I believe before the Riviera, the tournaments (Sectionals) were held from about 1984 to the very late nineties at The Union Plaza and were run primarily by Martha Beecher and Grace Matthews.   They were extended from four days to seven because of their enormous buildup in popularity.   In fact, I understand their success rate improved for the Spring Sectional (300%), Summer (400% to 1,000 tables) and Fall (200%) over that period and each were awarded a plaque for such a tremendous feat.   Apparently, then the tournaments were moved to the present site.

Sadly, though the Riviera boasts a tremendous history in the entertainment field (and attractive bridge tournaments), the people presently in charge have announced they are moving on to Bally’s — not too far away, initiating their new home with the Regional in June — a couple weeks before the Bergen-Cohen Reunion Seminar at The Wynn.   Las Vegas is a popular site — even with the present economy.

Since Bobby and I live in a delightful suburb called Summerlin (far from the maddening traffic of the Strip), our only missions here are to pick up out of town guests staying ‘downtown’ or to attend the local tournaments where we are as I write.   The attendance was good yesterday as not only are the bridge devotees in this area very upbeat and bridge-crazy (not all bad)  — but many motor from local states (or even fly in) for the fun of the bridge and the gambling.    So Friday night we will bid The Riviera a fond farewell and look forward to our debut at Bally’s, which I hear is adjacent (and connected) to ‘Paris,’ a rather ‘new’ hotel/casino in comparison to the legends of the fifties when this city was more like a ghost town.


5 Comments

Robb GordonMarch 3rd, 2010 at 8:53 am

Judy – according to the flyer, the June regional is still at the Riviera. Has there been a late change?

Martha BeecherMarch 3rd, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thank you for a beautiful tribute.

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMarch 3rd, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hi Robb:

I certainly could be wrong. I am actually playing on a team with Tom Shulman (chief of staff for the tournaments) today and I will check it out pronto. Sit tight.

Regards,

Judy

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMarch 3rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

Martha:

No need for a thank you. Although I am not sure I ever met Grace, the record books reflect your hard work and unparalleled success.

Judy

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMarch 3rd, 2010 at 4:50 pm

CORRECTION!!!!

Thanks to Robb Gordon, I am here to say my above au revoir to The Riviera was premature.

Apparently, mention was made in the District Newsletter of the site location changes but was not spelled out properly or in detail. According to Tom Shulman (who runs these tournaments), this is the upcoming schedule:

ALL REMAINING 2010 TOURNAMENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE RIVIERA

REGIONAL IN JUNE SECTIONAL IN OCTOBER

IN 2011 AND 2012:

THE SECTIONALS WILL BE HELD AT BALLY’S

THE REGIONALS WILL BE HELD AT THE RIVIERA

Sorry I passed bad information along, but I am dumb enough to believe what I read.

Judy

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