Hamman Heads to France
SCA Promotions founder, Bob Hamman, will once again be representing the United States in the International Mind Sports Association’s World Mind Sports Games, this year held in Lille, France. The World Mind Sports Games, which debuted in 2008, is a quadrennial event that immediately follows the Summer Olympic Games. Hamman, one of the world’s foremost bridge players is partnering with Zia Mahmood. The other American team partnerships are Nick Nickell-Ralph Katz and Jeff Meckstroth-Eric Rodwell.
Hamman has won 12 World Championships, including 11 team championships. The U.S. Team won the honor of representing the United States during a grueling 120 board final in May at the United States Bridge Championship. They will be chasing gold medals and the world famous Vanderbilt Trophy, named after the inventor of modern bridge scoring.
Playing the odds is a large part of bridge strategy. Hamman used his success and expertise in bridge to help create the concept of promotional risk coverage. After personally backing contests, Hamman saw an opportunity to jump start an entire industry. SCA Promotions was born using the promotional risk coverage concept he developed to cover billions of dollars in promotions and contests. SCA has since paid out over $172 million in cash and prizes. Using odds calculated from thousands of results, SCA can effectively cover nearly any type of promotion.
The World Mind Sports Games starts on August 9. The teams from countries around the world will be competing in bridge, chess, go, draughts and xiang-qi (Chinese chess) as well. The United States will have a team in every event, attempting to capture the same glory American athletes captured in London.
This will be Hamman’s 37th Bridge World Championship appearance.