System Information


 Simson-Aker System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card2015 WBF Card
 Casen-Krekorian System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card


About the Players

Doug Simson

Doug is a life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio, except for the five years he lived in Philadelphia, where he earned both B.S. and M.A. degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is CEO and owner of First City Bank there. He loves spending time with his family - wife Joyce; daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Jason, attorneys in Seattle; son Alex, a high school counselor in Nashville; and grandsons Max and Teddy, also in Seattle. Among his many interests are golf (he recently shot an amazing 2-under-70 at Columbus Country Club, site of 1964 PGA Tournament!), classical music and jazz (he has a very sophisticated audio record system), Ohio State University sports, reading, movies, travel, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Doug learned bridge at his parents' kitchen table, and has always loved to play. His bridge partner of 25 years was the late Walter "WOJO" Johnson, who is dearly missed. Doug has been very fortunate to be mentored by two great teachers, Eric Rodwell and Marty Bergen. Jeff Aker and Doug have been working hard to develop a new and strong partnership. They play a very complicated precision system which requires great dedication and effort to play well. Fortunately, they both enjoy working at bridge and their results continue to steadily improve.

Doug has won two Life Master Pairs and two Grand National Teams events. In 2015, his team finished 2nd in the Senior USBC, 4th in Chennai, India at the D'Orsay Senior Teams, and tied for 5th-8th place in the Spingold. He also won the Pan American Pairs Gold Medal with Eric Rodwell in 1990.

Jeff Aker



Jeff is one of the last of the Bridge group still trading stock options. He was a member of the American Stock Exchange from 1987-2005 where he was a Floor and Exchange Official and on the board of the Options Market Makers Association. Since 2005 he has been Senior Trader at The Gargoyle Group.

The pinnacle - to date - of his bridge career was in 2015 in Chennai where he was a member of the USA2 team in the D'Orsi Bowl, finishing fourth.

Drew Casen

Drew Casen, recently relocated to Springfield, Louisiana, is a bridge professional, former accountant, 4 handicap golfer, expert hold'em (poker) player, and dog lover.
He is an ACBL Grand Master and WBF World Master. Among his accomplishments in National Championships are 4 first place finishes and 15 second place finishes, the Cavendish Pairs, the Cavendish Teams, and second in the Rosenblum Cup.

His current partners include John Onstott, Jim Krekorian, and Josh Donn.

Jim Krekorian

Jim Krekorian, formerly of New York City, now a Pensacolian, graduated from Duke engineering school in 1974 and served as a U.S. Air Force pilot from 1974 to 1981, achieving  the rank of Captain, C-130 aircraft commander. Jim traded options on the American Stock Exchange from 1986 to 2003, was a floor official for 5 years, and formed Blue Hercules LLC in 1999. At Duke he was a 3-year letterman in track and is still an avid runner and racer.

Jim is now a full-time bridge professional and consultant and part-time artist, with oils being his favorite medium for his paintings. He won the Life Masters Men's Pairs in 1986 and Life Master Pairs in 2014., the Grand National Open Pairs in 1992 and 2009, the Blue Ribbon Pairs in 1996, the Open BAM Teams in in 1997, and in his renewed partnership with Drew Casen the Cavendish double (pairs in 1987, teams in 2007) and Senior KOs in 2010.