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House of Cards now held in one hand


FROM HOUSE OF CARDS, 184 Papanui Road, Merivale

TO Christchurch media

DATE 17 January 2008

House of Cards now held in one hand

The House of Cards in Merivale is now fully owned by co-founder Tina McVeigh and aims to celebrate its first decade in July with the milestone of having taught 1000 people how to play bridge.

“When we began we hoped we could provide a place where bridge would be played in a friendly environment with a bit of style,” Tina McVeigh said. “We never dreamed it would become a global business when only four people came to our first session. Our first beginners’ class had eight learners, and I can remember the joy we had when we achieved three tables at a session!” said Tina.

Co-founder Graeme Tuffnell has sold his 50% shareholding to Tina McVeigh to concentrate on Bridge Online, a sister company they jointly own. Graeme will run the company based in Japan for 2008. Bridge Online provides a bridge playing website with more than 2000 members from around the globe competing in daily, weekly and ladder competitions, and live games. It features popular programmes for learning and improving bridge and is designed primarily for new and improving players.

House of Cards started in the historic red house in Armagh Street that houses the Cranmer Bridge Club. The club moved to Merivale premises in June 1999.

Tina McVeigh is a Grand Master, as are all directors and teachers at the club. They are all current members of national or provincial bridge representative teams. Many club members are also members of other bridge clubs, and House of Cards is a significant player in the bridge community, especially with its learners’ and improvers’ classes, ‘back to bridge’ sessions and afternoon sessions.

House of Cards is especially renowned for its teaching, and has run the national teacher’s conference for the past 2 years under the aegis of the NZCBA (the national body). Tina and Graeme have also written a whole series of bridge books for new and improving players which are widely used in NZ, Australia and the UK.

* NEW FOR 2008 – Bridge in the Sun

Tina McVeigh and Graeme Tuffnell will lead and host a 12 day holiday - a week long cruise around the Hawaiian Islands, and four days at Waikiki, offering sun, scenery and bridge.

“August is dismal in Christchurch so we are escaping to Hawaii. We are planning lots of fun and serious bridge in the midst of island trips and on-board social life. We have also organized some games with the locals in Honolulu bridge clubs. There will be something for everyone.” Tina McVeigh said. Places are limited and enquiries can be made to Tina on 3550643 or


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