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I think both of you are right. IMO it should be opened up to anyone who has been in, is in, or is thinking about going into the business.
June 15
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We appreciate the sentiment of being willing to pay a subscription but think posting needs to be free. As an open community the site was at the center of putting away the cheats, with help from all sorts of people from all over the world. That sort of thing couldn't have happened behind a paywall.

We started the site because there wasn't a central place where bridge players could connect and discuss the game. The small world nature of the bridge world combined with the free online community has helped create an environment with more accountability in almost every aspect of bridge.

We are overwhelmed by the number of people who have contributed so far. Its a really amazing feeling to have donations be optional and see this many people want to give us money. Thank you to everyone!
June 5
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He made it and we won 12.
May 14
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Our search isn't very capable, using google is often better to find stuff on our site. As Steve said our comments are not searchable. If you do use our site search up at the top right, the results are sorted into various tabs depending on what you are looking for.

I am moving this post to our site feedback forum as it is not about bridge but about the site.
Feb. 15
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There isn’t much overlap between poker strategy and bridge. The risk/reward thing I meant was just understanding that every action has a risk and a reward. Those risk/rewards produce an expected value for an action. In both games you want to create as much expected value as possible on every action and not judge your success based on the outcome of a hand. Bridge has more complex game theory because depending on the state of a match or strength of field you may elect to sacrifice EV to lower your variance. That sometimes happens in poker tournaments but not in cash games.

I rarely ever think of poker at the bridge table.
Feb. 13
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Sorry our security certificate expired and we didn't get a notification warning us it was happening. This is fixed.
Feb. 13
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Eli,
My relationship with Steve started by me approaching him 10-15 years ago to take me under his wing at poker. I had heard at the time that he was among the worlds best poker players and I was spending quite a lot of time on it and wanted to improve. I approached him and he agreed to train me as long as he was allowed to back me and take a share of the profits.
I drove about 8 hours from my house in Toronto to his place in upstate New York and spent a week at his house. From there our friendship has only grown stronger.

Over the years talking with him about bridge has taught me so much. I can't tell you how many little things have come up which I have banked and later used at the table. After understanding his mentality at poker, I made a huge jump by applying the same risk/reward mentality towards bridge.

Most recently I had the opportunity of partnering him in the Platinum Pairs last year. More than ever before I really understood how relentless his work ethic is on every single hand. It was humbling to play with someone as good as he is.

More important than his skill is his integrity. This has been his biggest influence on me personally, far more than any advice he has offered me about card games.

I had hoped that by attaching these podcasts to threads on BW we might have follow up questions like this which John missed in the podcast but people wanted to hear.
Feb. 13
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This was exactly my feedback for John after the fact.
Feb. 10
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It was my pleasure and also BWs. You love bridge as much as anyone I know. Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for the game. I listen to a lot of podcasts on my commute to the bridge club. I’m looking forward to having new setting tricks to listen to.
Feb. 10
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What lead times out different depending on whether it is lead from north or south? That’s the question I asked myself.
Feb. 6
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Never mind, I got it :)
Feb. 6
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Agree this seems impossible, any lead south can make, north can make.
Feb. 6
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James I appreciate that it wasn't your intent to ostracize these people. Unfortunately you gave enough information for someone to figure out who they are.

John - 10% of people do not pass 2. In my experience only some novice/intermediates don't know to bid 2 on this hand. It's not a style or judgement thing, its just an understanding of bridge thing.

So someone who passes 1NT is either a weak player or a cheater (way more likely a weak player). By going through enough hands of a pair it should be obvious to people investigating which one it is.

I see stuff like this every day in speedballs, most often on the next hand or two the person does something completely bizarre that doesn't work out well. When that doesn't happen I report the hand to BBO.
Feb. 5
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I would def reopen double had I not opened. I prefer to attempt to score matchpoints rather than accept my likely zero by not opening and defending a NV 1NT. I have no reason to say this other than I believe it and would make the bid at the table.
Feb. 5
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Not opening is style, the takeout double was absolutely normal. The EW pair should be reported to BBO, not ostracized on BW. There is rampant cheating in speedballs and the only way to stop it is to report it. They are very good about looking into stuff like this.
Feb. 5
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I bid 3 because I don’t want to play 3N if partner has no club help. I don’t want to go beyond 3N if partner is 5-4. It gets my diamond fit across without bidding past 3NT and should lead to partner doing the right thing on most hands.
Jan. 24
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I’m definitely a bidder. This is probably my only shot to tell partner to lead a heart. That leaves me with a 1 or 2 decision. Close and no really good logic why one would be better than the other except I think there’s some rule that you need at least 5 cards and at least 5 points to open weak 2 bids.
Dec. 17, 2017
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Rainer: I didn’t claim that I don’t remember getting jammed on rebids. I claimed that they haven’t caused any overwhelming problems. You just survive.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Rainer, you nailed it! I have memory issues. Between those issues and my unplayable methods it is a wonder that I can ever score above average.

Just to clarify, 3y can be 5-4 with extras or 5-5 any hand. The 3y rebid comes up far less often than 2M/2N and you are worse off but still are a coin flip decision from surviving. Typically you go low and miss some tough minor suit slams. Those 6m hands after 2/1 are not what make people win or lose on a given day. Its a trade off. Well worth it IMO.
Dec. 14, 2017
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