Meet Patrick from the BBO team

Patrick is one of our developers. As you’ll see he’s a very active man, with loads of interests and hobbies. He’s also a great developer and we’re lucky to have him. He’s a very important part of our team, and keeps his eye firmly on the details, making sure we achieve what we set out to do. His enthusiasm and creativity helps us all stay upbeat and positive.

Can you explain what you do at BBO in simple terms?

My role in the wider BBO family is that of a developer. If you’re not sure what that means – I write lines of code.

Patrick

By the way, I’m probably not new to you as you probably know my face from the home page of the BBO site.

Patrick on the BBO homepage

What should be done to bring more people into the game?

There are plenty of things that could be done to encourage more people into the game. Here are a few ideas:

  • Work on Bridge’s image: I’m not a bridge enthusiast but I do like to learn new things. I find the elitist image a bit of a barrier, even though I see it can be fun.
  • More training and education: there should be more tools available to help the general public understand and want to play the game. When I hear it takes years to get comfortable with bridge, it’s really demotivating. Bridge games online need more exposure which would hopefully help them find a wider audience.
  • A last card to play could be to ask Netflix to make a series like the one they did for the chess world, The Queen’s Gambit!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m a rapper and producer. I’ve won a few contests which made me feel like a star… for a few hours 🙂

Here’s one of my songs if you want to have a listen:

I like to draw, both digitally and on paper. Below, you’ll see my Halloween design. You can see more work on my Instagram account.

I also love to dance and have been doing Afro dance for a number of years.

If you could choose a superpower, what power would you like to have?

I wish I had the power to reason with everyone on earth. We’re all part of the same family and should all take better care of our home.

What’s the best advice you ever received

Hope this is ok, it’s a quote by Ghandi – “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

What would your perfect week look like?

My perfect week would be just doing the things I like to do every day. I could break it down like this:
Monday: Drawing
Tuesday: Music
Wednesday: Dancing
Thursday: Football or maybe soccer 😉
Friday: Work (a little)
Saturday: Party
Sunday: Rest in front of Netflix