For seven days each spring, this year from April 21 to 27, the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee (population: 3,944) becomes the Bridge Capital of the World for about 4,000 card-playing extraordinaires when it hosts the Smoky Mountain Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference Regional, the largest regional bridge tournament in the United States.
For more than 40 years, people from across the country and around the globe have traveled to Gatlinburg to battle it out at the bridge table. It’s not uncommon to come across a player from England, Poland, Germany, France, Denmark or even Japan.
Early birds and night owls will have a chance to play their cards right with tournament competition starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2 a.m.
With over 9,500 tables in play and 1,000 card tables anticipated, the Smoky Mountain MABC Regional outnumbers most Regional Tournaments three-fold. There are KO’s, BAM’s, Open Pairs, 299er events, Gold Point events, Swiss Teams—every imaginable bridge event you will find anywhere. Special meals and other “hospitality” activities occur daily.
Bridge players will also have the chance to explore Gatlinburg, a popular year-round family-friendly vacation destination that serves as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is host to 10 million visitors a year and also ranks first in the Eastern United States and second in the nation in number of weddings performed each year.