Dan Storch joins Bridge Base Online as new Chief Operating Officer

Press Release

Sound the trumpets, we have a big announcement: Dan Storch has joined the BBO team as Chief Operating Officer. He was the Director of Marketing at the ACBL between 2017 and 2020. His wealth of marketing experience spans more than 20 years, working for household names such as Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments and Lexmark.

BBO are thrilled to welcome Dan on-board and are excited to have a leader who's both bridge and business savvy. It’s a perfect match. In his free time Dan plays board games with his sons, cycles, enjoys a nice glass of red and has been a keen BBOer for over 12 years!

“Online play is the way to make bridge more accessible, especially to younger generations who don’t have time to enjoy live clubs. I’m also keen to work on other mind games for those who want a challenge but can’t yet commit to learning bridge. It’s an honor to use my professional experience to bring more people into the game.”

Dan Storch COO BBO
Dan Storch, COO of BBO

“I learned how to play bridge as a kid. We didn’t have any bridge clubs near home, so my dad decided to teach all his sons, hopeful he could fill a table for a decent rubber game. Later, while attending college, it was my turn to teach the basics
to some classmates. Who would imagine,
back then, that one of those friends would end up being Brazilian champion in 2016? (Disclosure: I didn’t teach him to play that well!)”

BBO, a company of the 52 Entertainment group

Born from the award-winning Bridge Master 2000 software series, the free online bridge website Bridge Base Online (BBO) was launched in 2001 to become the most popular bridge platform on the market. BBO contains a complete set of products to meet the needs of bridge teachers and serious or occasional bridge players. It’s available in 29 languages and is the world’s leading Bridge app with:

  • 3.8 million deals played every day
  • 200,000+ players per day
  • More than 180 countries represented

52 Entertainment is the ultimate holding company of BBO, Goto Games, Funbridge, Le Bridgeur and China Bridge Online, making it the world’s uncontested leader in bridge entertainment and software. Our goal is to further expand the universe of bridge players by providing them with entertaining and fun options to play and follow bridge!

Olivier Comte, CEO of 52 Entertainment
Olivier Comte, CEO of 52 Entertainment

“I can’t describe how happy I am to welcome Dan into the 52 Entertainment family. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions and can safely say that not only is he a very nice person but also that he’s the right person to help us achieve our ambitious vision!”

For more information please get in touch via pr@52-entertainment.com

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33 comments on “Dan Storch joins Bridge Base Online as new Chief Operating Officer”

  1. Welcome Mr Storch. I hope you bring also empathy with you. I play here for 16 years. I have multiple handicaps.
    Also very bad sight. That was the reason I was granted by Uday to use the old Windows- version.
    I am 79 and not alone with this BIG problems of the web-versions.
    Many older, handicapt players are able to play at BBO ONLY with the windows-version.
    My plea to you is :
    PLEASE do not shut down the old windows-version. Let us play ( who ask for it ) in windows.
    We are satisfied with the possibilities as they are now, new apps, or new stuff we dont need.
    We are even prepared to pay for that service
    I wish you a splendid carreer at BBO mister Storch
    Nieke
    aka Niekeboe

  2. Welcome aboard !

    Would echo a previous comment regarding submissions to the Support Line. They seem to disappear in the proverbial "Black Hole".

  3. Great news Dan. Happen to have you help with a problem very professional.

    Any relation to Larry Storch that was at one time an entertainer on television. All comedy all fun.

  4. Welcome. I have been playing a lot over the last few months, and have some comments. First, thank you for providing this opportunity for us to play bridge during the pandemic.

    I usually play with a friend as a partner and we are in the same house sharing a high speed internet connection. We have our computers in separate rooms to avoid cheating, or any appearance of cheating. For some reason her laptop computer, running Windows 10 and V3 of BBO software frequently logs her off without warning, but mine running Windows 10 does not normally do that. We cannot determine if that is a problem with some setting in her computer or something at BBO. The internet connection does not seem to be the problem. Her screen saver and power settings are set to never shut down while plugged into AC power.

    One big problem is discovering when you have been logged off, since if in the middle of playing a hand, the screen shows everything normal, but does not show any bids or cards played after being logged off. It just looks like the opponent or partner is slow acting. If something could be added to the screen to show all is OK (or not OK), that would be a big help. If the problem is some computer setting, perhaps someone could provide some guidance on proper settings?

    We were entered in the Rainbow Team Game Oct 10, playing on different teams. There were many players having connection problems or something. My team won round 1 by default, as did her team, but we stared at a blank screen for almost two hours before finding this out. Then my team played round 2, but her team did not get a match for round 2, with no notification or anything. It is possible one of her team was offline when the match started since she was dropped offline for unknown reasons just as round 2 was starting, and logged on again within a minute. The problem of being dropped seems to be a big problem for many players.

    The only way to determine if online or not that we have found is add partner to friends list and check "People" tab to see if they show up online.

  5. Congrats - and here’s a vote for some SILVER games. There are folks out here (like me) who need Silver for LM - and there’s no where to get them... Thanks

  6. Welcome. Sounds like BBO (where i been a member since Spring, 2007) continues to improve in all areas over the 13+ years i have been on site. Now, if BBO can just find a viable way to eliminate 99% of the cheaters (for life) what a joy it will be as we welcome in another quarter million players from all over the world. Good luck in all your efforts to continue the excellence of this site.

  7. Welcome and congratulations!
    I echo Arlene Port's request to have someone answer players' queries.

    Much success in your new post

  8. Wow that's great, congratulations.
    Strangely I am a member and also go by the name Dan Storch!
    Hope we escape being mistaken for each other though no too bad for me!

  9. Congratulation, Dan! Best of luck in your new role. You are well placed to influence how the younger generations engage each other and the game of bridge like never before. BBO is very very lucky to have you.
    Regards,

  10. Congratulations, Dan! Was so fun to see the announcement message including the name of a friend. We have been enjoying a weekly afternoon of bridge for the past few months. BBO makes quarantine fun again.

  11. Welcome! I, and many of us 'old timers', are hoping this means a re focus on the casual game and doing away w/ the 2 server system which effectively precludes us from finding, chatting or inviting each other to a game table. And we also hope for meaningful revisions of the design of the NEW BBO. It is very ill conceived as many members would be happy to tell you...if only we could get someone to Listen!!!

  12. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful term of office. BBO has certainly grown in size and has been able to keep up with the increase. So nice.

    One thing..............Would you please have the support site activated? I have questions and no answers are forthcoming.

    Good luck......................arlene port

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