The Prince, the Poker Star and the World's Greatest Bridge Players.
For the third time the Danish Bridge Federation invites all bridge lovers to take part in a unique bridge event. 20 international top pairs, handpicked for their bridge skills as well as sparkling personalities, will be invited to compete in a three-day imp pair tournament at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
However this year they are not alone. In 2015 we introduce the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Imp Pairs, an open 3-day event played simultaneously with the Copenhagen Bridge Invitational from the 16th-18th of January. Players in all shapes and nationalities are invited to play next to the stars and be a part of all the glamour and excitement surrounding the 3rd CBI.
Poker Star Gus Hansen and Bridge Star Zia Mahmood entertaining the kibitzers
Photos: Christian Arp-Hansen
Play with the Stars
Prior to the main event the traditional pro/am takes place on Thursday the 15th of January, where all players of the main event will be available as partners sold by an online auction. The pro/am is open to bridge players of all skill levels and it is the possibility of a lifetime to spend an evening opposite a world champion. Participation includes drinks & buffet introducing the event and drinks & canapées closing the event in the company of bridge stars and celebrities.
Read more and follow the auction in PRO/AM & PLAYER PROFILES.
Winners of the 2013 Pro/am Michael Barel and Helle Rasmussen
As in 2013 His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark will be participating at the pro/am partnering a top player. In his capacity of Protector of the Danish Bridge Federation His Royal Highness will also be presenting the prizes at the prizegiving ceremony on Sunday evening the 18th of January.
His Royal Highness and Poker King Gus Hansen surrounded by reporters in 2013
Zack-Barel winners of the 2nd CBI
After a close tournament the last day developed into a duel between Yaniv Zack-Michael Barel of Israel and Michel and Thomas Bessis of France. As if they had been seeded the top pairs met in the penultimate round, which turned out to be decisive in favour of Zack and Barel.
Michael Barel, HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark and Yaniv Zack
Michael Barel also won the pro/am on Thursday with Helle Rasmussen, stating that this was indeed his tournament.