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But see Willey, above.
July 10
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This went on forever…But Robert, if your pard never passes in 4th seat I want his bladder when he dies! Must not be a smoker either!
July 9
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You direct in Leisure World?
July 9
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That's why we need more schools for fish. There has to be a key to this we haven't turned. Bridge in Euorpe and elsewhere isn't having the problems troubling us, at least not to a large degree.
July 6
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Trophies; video of the event to play on the 6 pm local news; quality golf shirts with sponsor logos! Some day you and I are going to play again Steve, in an NABC+ event!
July 6
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Not true. Pros will play rubber for money, just like they used to do. Fish (like me) will cut in and try not to lose too much.
July 6
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Trophies are cheap and people love them. In the old days the Las Vegas Glitter Gulch Sectional gave them out to folks for section tops, overalls, etc. Maybe we should try this in the open stratified events, giving “Shark Tank” trophies to participants playing up.
July 6
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Just don't work for a Bonnie Prince and fail to control the battlefield!
July 6
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What's that?
July 6
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I think that's why they like it better.
July 6
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Addendum: pairs/teams in the bottom strat CAN and sometimes do place in the overalls as though they were strat A, and can win overall the event (rarer).
July 6
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They run a Howell. I like the Mitchell better (more stationary pairs), but the field likes Howell better.
July 6
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I'm just jealous of all you folks who actually have multiple sections! Our open games are all stratified and include everyone we can convince to buy an entry! On a good day we might break five tables.
July 5
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Aren't we doing that now? I don't get it. Maybe Open strati-flighted KOs would be what you are envisioning, where the open is unlimited but stratified (and if the fast ball hits you it's too damn bad, you entered!), then you can enter <5000 (ish) stratified, same caveat, and finally <1,000 stratified, e.g. I=750+, II=500+, III=200+, IV=0-199.(ish). We'd have to play with that some. Pehaps we an start everyone in the big open, seeded, then drop losers to their normal bracket as they lose, with BIG rewards for beating a seeded team.

When I first envisioned this about 15 years ago I think I called it the “Knockdown Knockouts.” If you lose match one you don't go out, you go down to your normal bracket (unless you specify a higher one or a higher flight or both). This would take some work to figure out, but we've got math lovers here that figure out lines of play to ten decimals so it shouldn't be a big problem to find a workable algorithm.
July 5
Chris Hasney edited this comment July 5
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At 68 I fully understand, as I'm sure do most if not all here. But we maintain Churchill's attitude: “Never Give Up!”

Imagine if you were allowed to play a vastly superior baseball team and got rewarded for taking the field, for every time your team got to 1st base, for every stolen base, for every run (Xtra points), and God forbid you win a HUGE payoff. Wouldn't it be worth it to try, even if your strategy was to pad up your field-side head ears and body, crouch and crowd the plate so you get hit by a pitch and take 1st and then go for broke to steal?
July 5
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But if you could tag him just once…
July 5
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Speaking of Bridge Week I once again commend to all Eddie Kantar's wonderful book “Gamesman Bridge.”
July 5
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Maybe go back to playing the ponies? Poker? Options trading? Most bridge pros have at least one of those skills.
July 4
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My now dead friend and fellow Turkeys Lake Powell houseboat rubber bridge, water skiing, fishing, and cocktail cruise crew member Roger Beck described late night post-game sessions where he would not be allowed to discuss any hand if he could not remember the hand and the bidding and play. “Oh, OK.” He learned quickly, so he could participate and not just listen. This was late ‘70s, early ’80s-ish.
July 4
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That's why they invented mimosas; and Uber.
July 4
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