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I think it's important that they admitted the guilt, but let's face the truth … if it hadn't been for the past few weeks of intense scrutiny of cheaters, and knowledge that they were in the fishbowl, it wouldn't have happened.

We don't even know if they were given notice that their code was broken and time to come clean, or if they just decided the risk of that was too great and decided to minimize the potential damage.

My guess is that the supervising authority will know the answer to that and consider the situation for whatever it really is.

Until then, I withhold my opinion (which isn't worth much anyway) on their possible return to integrity.
Sept. 19, 2015
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If you are worried that a unicorn might blow up a plane and kill a lot of people, you might want to send your evidence to TSA. As far as I know, they haven't worried about that possibility yet. :)
Sept. 19, 2015
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_World_Championship

The Magic: The Gathering World Championships (Worlds) have been held annually since 1994. It is the most important tournament in the game of Magic: The Gathering, offering cash prizes of up to $50,000 to the winners.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Tour_(Magic:_The_Gathering)

The Pro Tour (often abbreviated as PT), is the highest form of competitive play for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. It consists of a series of tournaments held throughout the world, each requiring an invitation to participate. Every Pro Tour awards a total of $250,000 in cash prizes, with $40,000 going to the winner.


http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/fact-sheet-2014-magic-world-championship

2014 MAGIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPGENERAL INFORMATION

Twenty-four of the best players from the 2013-2014 Premier Play season will converge in Nice, France and battle across four different formats over three days for their share of a $150,000 prize purse and the title of Magic World Champion. Who will be crowned the victor? Tune in during Worlds Week later this year to find out!




Where there's big money, there's big cheating. They banned a guy from my local game store about 2 months ago for cheating in a MTG weekend tourney, where the top prize was a pack of the cards. I'm not sure what your son competed in, but if he won the World Championship of MTG, then he's holding out on you :)


Now may I suggest that since very few here are interested in MTG, if you want to continue this discussion, let's take it off to private messages :)
Sept. 19, 2015
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This is a good list, Eric, and I hope the right people are noticing.

HOWEVER, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to deliberately allow violations of the Laws? So put me down strongly against allowing ANY violation of the Laws that can be prevented, including revokes, insufficient bids, exposed cards, bids out of turn, leads out of turn, or any other action that is contrary to the Laws.
Sept. 19, 2015
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Feel free, Melanie, I only did it for a year or so and the championship where I was a judge was at Origins, although I no longer remember the year. I don't recall exactly, but I think at the time, the WotC prizes for the world championship were in the tens of thousands of dollars. After WotC got booted out of Origins, I never bothered with them again. I ran some games at our local store for a while after that, but eventually just dropped out of MTG. It was in the times of 3rd/Revised Ed through about Tempest if that helps you pin down the dates. It's ancient history to me, sorry.
Sept. 19, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 19, 2015
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Not on behalf of anyone, just offended by your cheap shot.
Sept. 18, 2015
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It's insanity to me that anyone would want to deliberately keep the infractions and other ways to break the Laws.
Sept. 18, 2015
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I don't think a popup confirmation is really needed. Tablets would allow you to actually finger/mouse drag a card to a play spot, and you would certainly be able to see that the card you are dragging is the one you mean to play long before it would reach the key spot and be released.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Mark, you spend your time playing cards or posting drivel about it, and you dare to call a man who spent many years training, took the greatest risk a human being has ever taken, and accomplished something that hominids have dreamed of for literally millions of years, a “clown”.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Why does something have to be made of paper to be called a playing card?
Sept. 18, 2015
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I'd call the new version Bridge, and the old one “poker-tell-bridge”.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Yes, it's like that, and no shoe bombs have blown up a plane ever since it started.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Nice, Dustin!! Thank you :)
Sept. 18, 2015
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John, I see no reason why a tablet couldn't have pictures of cards in a fan shape (the old BBO does that nicely), and a simple (finger or mouse) drag a card to a center “play” spot. Misclicks wouldn't happen if you are looking at the card (or bid) as you drag it around the screen, so I don't think there would even be much of an undo problem.
Sept. 18, 2015
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On BBO, convention cards can be set up which show the meaning of each bid without opponent even asking.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Your son hopefully excepted, big MTG tournaments are one of the worst cheater-filled environments you would ever want to be around. Big money makes big cheaters, just like in bridge. I was a MTG judge for a while back in the 90's, including the US national championship, and the cheating was rampant.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Actually kinda both. I think any experiments with electronic play at high level tournaments will naturally have to start at tournaments are they are currently being played, with separation, tablets, etc, being tested.

I also think that eventually, maybe some years down the road, it will be perfectly normal to play from more local sites with local moderators in international tournaments.

For now, I think Hamman and Blanchard are going about this very intelligently, and we'll all get to see how it works out.
Sept. 18, 2015
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But I don't think anyone is advocating for eliminating local clubs or social play, or forcing it onto tablets or even behind screens at the club level.

Aren't we talking about high level tournaments here?
Sept. 18, 2015
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OK, sorry if I reacted wrongly to you. :)

However, my point is still intended toward those who think reading the opponents' body language should be an integral part of the game. I hate it. I'll be happy when it's gone.

I love playing on BBO because I don't have to worry about whether my eyes narrow when I get a good hand. I can just play the real game for itself – logic, thinking, planning.
Sept. 18, 2015
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I agree Marion, all those hours waiting in airports, sitting uncomfortably on airplanes, all those nights in hotel rooms, all that fun stuff would be missing if you could just play online bridge tournaments from your home country.

Absolutely ridiculous to pass up all of that fun, and save all of that money, when you can just spend all those hours and all that money to go play cards in a country halfway around the world.
Sept. 18, 2015
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