Judy Kay-Wolff

Back at The Plaza…

Thanks deservedly go out to the practical enthusiastic foresight of Chicago/Las Vegas resident/commuter Angie Clark who was in huge part responsible for the tremendous success of our Sectional. Not only was she unstoppable. She enlisted hard workers to cover all the bases she could not physically handle herself. Superwoman can do only so much.

As much fun as I have had at the Sectionals in LV since we moved here in 2005, never thought I would ever see the day where I noted so many unfamiliar out-of-towners who motored or flew in for the five day Sectional at The Plaza located at The Fremont Experience in downtown LV. The Plaza was once the site of the record breaking tournaments run in many earlier decades by Martha Beecher and Grace Matthews. Sadly when they were replaced, it was never the same! However, the trend is finally turning in the right direction.

In 2017 the rates negotiated were soooooo cheap, it was frightening until the guests entered the remodeled hotel and suites and were overwhelmed with their bargain rates! If you played at any of the specified gambling games on the ground level (mattered not which they were) for a specified short length of time .. your ten dollar daily parking tickets were validated PAID. The eateries especially to grab a snack between sessions were fantastic and cheap. Bobby and I ate at The Pizza place each day and still found time to play before afternoon game time.

Our playing space was superb .. good as I ever witnessed .. with more than adequate lighting. Add to that nearby restrooms and lots of fattening tempting chocolate goodies and mints.

By the way (even at our ages), it’s never too late to change. Bobby and I realized it was so tiring to commute (though it was not far from our home in Summerlin) and it took no convincing on either side to stay at The Plaza for the next Sectional. The price will be right!

Though the turnout exceeded Angie’s expectations .. there was another treat in store:

Despite the marvelous throngs at the tables, the two Tournament Directors (KEN HORWEDEL and BRANDON SHEUMAKER) did an incredible job of handling the crowd, keeping the tournament going at a good pace and posting the scores promptly.

By the way, every fact and detail on the Sectional will be presented in written form to the BoD at their meeting this coming Wednesday. I am certain it will be available to the public.

Angie proved .. never give up. Bridge is definitely on the rise here in Vegas!


Mac KennedyFebruary 27th, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Sounds like it was a fun tournament. I was in Vegas the week before for my wife’s birthday. Went to see the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show at Mandalay. Marvelous show well worth seeing. I hope to attend the Regional in June and maybe we can meet for a cocktail.

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 27th, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Mac. Look forward to it!

AlanFebruary 27th, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Welcome Superwoman! Looks like you will be in demand.

Martha BeecherMarch 1st, 2017 at 5:15 pm

The Plaza is a great venue for bridge. Large convention space and easy access for locals and out of town visitors.

Judy Kay-WolffMarch 2nd, 2017 at 6:11 pm


No one knows more about these LV tournaments than YOU, I think there were two major reasons for its success this past month!

(1) Angie had the same non-stop commitment as you did during your reign; and (2) With the frightening economy, Angie’s room reservation rate was so far from the present raping of the attendees, it drew an unbelievable amount of out-of-towners who were delighted to stay on the premises.

Success does not just happen. You need the right ones at the helm and truly dedicated volunteers!

Judy Kay-WolffMarch 27th, 2017 at 9:52 pm


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