I've played Bridge for many years but only for the past 5 years in the UK where I play at a well run non profit making Bridge Club a few miles from home. A couple of weeks back I went to play with a group that recently moved location to play at my golf club and I was shocked to discover that this group is not a Bridge club as such but an individuals business (I use the word business loosely). The person in question collects £3.50 each from 28 people (average) each Monday for which he provides cards, does the scoring and pays for the room hire (£22.50). That's more than a clear £3,500 a year in his pocket.
Based upon my experience of Bridge clubs I was shocked but talking to a couple at my club who knew of this group I discovered that I was the only one shocked and that it is quite common in this area (Liverpool) to have groups who are organised / led / directed by an individual for payment. Of course it goes without saying that nobody is forced to go to this group or that and if a person sets something up and people are happy to pay him/her for doing it that's all there is to it. For me it just seems wrong but I have to accept that maybe I have been raised in a different (Bridge) world.
My question is - am I the only one shocked; how common is this?