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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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Michael, I couldn't disagree more.

The point is not whether YOU think bridge is about poker-style tells or whether I think that it is cheating. It's already clear that current players are split on this issue.

I personally think that people who cannot win without such inferences prefer having them, and people who are able to use logic and skill to win prefer to have them gone.

Which constitutes “real bridge” is purely a matter of biased opinion.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Exactly the problem, Neil! Isn't there a huge push going on right now to try and get it on their list?
Sept. 18, 2015
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Neil, you are so right for people over the age of 80 and so wrong for people under the age of 30.

How many young people these days prefer tabletop games to electronic games? I'll bet a poll would get you 10% for tabletop and 90% for electronic.

If we want young people coming into bridge, we better set up to operate in the environment THEY need, not the ones we oldsters have used since before the days of television.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Sorry David but it is very much what some people detest about the way the game is being played and personally consider it borderline cheating.

“Man against man” (and I won't dwell on the gender insult this was) does not require physical contact to be a contest. Bridge is a mind game, not a boxing match, so taking out the physical should inconvenience only those people who cannot win otherwise.
Sept. 18, 2015
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YES! Finally!! Someone willing to actually step up and give this a try!

THANK YOU!!!

I predict that, just like happened with bidding boxes, once people actually try using this and see for themselves the huge advantages, all the naysaying and “I'll quit bridge” will quickly disappear.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Perhaps the game of Bridge would be better if we had to win it by actually playing good logical bridge, instead of by reading the social aspects, personality, and body language of the others at the table.
Sept. 18, 2015
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The ultimate (last resort) is ad hominem attack. :)

And for those really truly interested in word power, the ante-penultimate resort (third from last) is Appeal to Authority (it's so because Isaac Asimov says it's so).
Sept. 17, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 17, 2015
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And when they do announce some serious attention and action, all you can do is denigrate them?

Very sad. I would think you'd be saying, THANKS.
Sept. 17, 2015
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It may well have been, but that doesn't change the content or meaning of it. It's well written and says what needs to be said. I don't understand your rude attempts to poke fun at it or anyone. What is it that you hope to accomplish?
Sept. 17, 2015
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Steve, sarcasm certainly weakens your points. It's the penultimate resort of someone losing an argument.

What did you expect? “We see that the internet and BW have arrested and judged them, so we'll be happy to hang them from the showerhead in the men's room the next time they dare to show their faces around here.”?

Get real.
Sept. 17, 2015
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As a “morning person”, I have always hated the evening schedule at tournaments. In fact, I sincerely believe that the reason they have existed for so long is that only “night people” have a chance to do well and thus “night people” have the influence to keep them that way.

I put up with it for a while when I was younger, but frankly that was one of the big reasons (the other one was cost) that I simply quit going to tournaments at all. I'm simply not interested and I don't have the endurance to try and play at a time of night when my body thinks I should be asleep.

If you are a night person and tournaments were held at 6 am and 10 am, how would YOU like it?
Sept. 17, 2015
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