Jonesboro teen named King of Bridge

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Blake Sanders of Jonesboro trumped the competition and has been named the 2011 King of Bridge.

The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) awards the honor each year to a graduating high school senior who plays and promotes the game of bridge.

"I was really shocked to receive the honor," Sanders said.

18-year-old Sanders has been playing competitively for more than a year.  While in school, he played weekly at his local bridge club and tried to play a tournament each month.  During the summer, he plans to shoot for a tournament a week.

"You have to give yourself the chance to really learn and be competitive," Sanders said.

In addition to the award, Sanders also received a $1,000 scholarship from the ACBL Educational Foundation.

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