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Welcome to Play Better Bridge ~ Your Home For Online Lessons



I like to say that I have done everything there is to do in bridge, but teaching is my passion.  I was introduced to tournament bridge at the young age of 5 when I began caddying at local tournaments.  On one fateful day at the age of 8, the tournament officials needed a fill-in and they knew I played the game.  I filled in with one of them and we won. Well, I never looked back at caddying...I was hooked!  I studied ever book I could get my hands on.   Professional players took me under their wings and I soaked up all of their shared knowledge.  I began teaching bridge lessons in junior high school and upon graduation from high school, I went on the tournament circuit.  I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I wanted to play bridge right then and there.

Around the age of 18, I worked as a tournament director through undergrad and law school.  I actually practiced law for a few years but the bridge bug kept calling me back.  In 2002, I said goodbye to law and returned to teaching bridge in my home.  This project quickly out grew my sun room and I moved to an office building nearby.  My class roster went over 1000 names and there was no where in Dallas for them to play.  So in 2008, my "teaching club" expanded to a bridge club which I named Bridge Academy of North Dallas to keep the emphasis on the learning.  BAND has grown into a top 25 bridge club in the last 5 years.

Other bridge projects over the years include Bridge Newspaper and Magazine Editor/Publisher, NABC Child Care Coordinator for 20 years, District Board Secretary, Tournament Chairman and Award Winning Journalist.

At the bridge table, I had my first national win in 2003 at the Long Beach NABC.  In 2010, my partner and I topped 420 pairs and won the World Mixed Pairs at the Philadelphia World Championships.  In between winning big events as a player, I captained world level teams to 6 medals ~ including 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.  

The bridge success is exciting, but what is more exciting is taking my classroom lessons online!  When I went back on the tournament trail full time, I felt I was missing a part of me and I was ~ Teaching Bridge!  I had to find a way to bring teaching back into my life as teaching on a regular basis in a class room was no longer an option. It has taken some time to transform my lessons and teaching technique to an online platform and I am very happy with my progress. 

Play Better Bridge is  now where I fulfill my teaching passion and I hope it will become your home for online bridge lessons.  As you work through your videos, webinars and lesson bundles, feel free to send me your questions.  I am your personal virtual bridge coach.  Join me on PBB and together we can take your bridge game to the next level.  

Donna