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mice against cheaters

This is a summary of some posts made earlier. The top events could be run as follows, to reduce the opportunities for cheating and provide social interactions.

1. Payers use notebooks (not tablets, mouse gives better control and keyboard is more convenient for typing).

2. They are not separated, they sit around a table with a modified screen built of vertical slats.

As Mike Cassel described it: "Basically a Venetian blind where you see e.g LHO through the 'blades' while your RHO is on the same side of the contraption."

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- this is not great and looks better if empty lines are removed but soft returns are not available.) Slats do not have to rotate since the times the bids are revealed can be controlled by the software.

Many decisions would have to be made. Greg Lawler asked a few relevant questions: "Do you respond to questions about the bidding through the tablets? Is that how alerting is done? Do both players respond? Is the bidder the only one who alerts? Can one tell when one's partner is alerting?"

Tommy Cho summarized: "There are many advantages using tablets over playing cards: No need to shuffle and sort the cards. No bid out of turn. No insufficient or impermissible bid. No lead out of turn. No revoke. Much less UI as all alerts are self-alerting. All bids and play can be recorded down. You still have the table feel for tempo issues when all play at the same table."

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