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Just had a sudden thought –why not Move the ACBL Headquarters to Las Vegas - build a playing site and hold all 3 Nationals in Vegas - can even include a hotel which all 20 ACBL Board members are not allowed to stay at –they can rough it off site. No negotiations with that atrocious PEAK travel agency needed anymore. Us crafty ACBL members can make our own sweet deals with the hotel we want to stay at. Can bring the kids to Vegas which has plenty of amusements for them. We can spend our savings playing slots and playing mindless games like Bingo and BlackJack to keep our minds zeroed in on counting and numbers in between sessions or on extended break times!! You can even have a smoking and non-smoking section if you can find it through the cloud of smoke.
There are plenty of good reasonable eating places with Specials for breakfast for $4.99 not $24.99!! I think I'm hungry and ready for one of those Vegas Buffets where I don't mind spending my money.
Wow, I think I'm making my reservations immediately!! Won't you join me?
See you in Vegas everyone!!
8 hours ago
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Some people were heard asking when they ordered their $26 burger“ does that come with fries?” - should have had the Spam burger lol
8 hours ago
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Maybe if you were about to play against them you could just pretend your sick and couldn't play that round. You don't have to be a good actor to pull that off –
Dec. 12
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Invite the Board into the Well!!
Dec. 9
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good memory –yes 1982
Dec. 7
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Well, most people are not agreeing with what is said here. Maybe the original result should have stood!! you really expect to make a good ruling on a 5 polling of people? not in this case.
Dec. 7
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my problem is that the appeals committee members aren't always the sharpest and if you get the wrong set of members you can get a bad ruling which overturned a fair or correct ruling by the director. I have had it happen with me where Meckstroth playing with the eventual winner of the then McKenney Mel Skolnik appealed a directors ruling and after they ruled in their favor and I asked about 8 to 10 experts and everyone said it was ridiculous and asked who the member of the committee where and those members were not very capable of making the correct ruling. Meckstroth (who I think is great and a good guy) appeared at the appeal and Skolnik did not. Meckstroth claimed Skolnik was under a lot of pressure because of the McKenney race among other things and their bad board would cost them an OA 3rd place finish and that should have had no effect on the ruling. (Mel had showed out on the 1st round of trumps and when I finessed in the trump suit the 2nd time he won dummys 9 with the 10 -a clearly revoke in anyones book. The contract was 3Hx and was down 1 but made with the revoke. Meckstroth appealed and we lost the appeal!!! I was playing with a good friend and Hungarian bridge partner and he and everyone I asked said the committee members got it all wrong. So, the Appeals committee doesn't always get it right either!!!! so why should they have the final say?

Incidentally, it cost Skolnik $500,000 to win the Mckinney, Mel is a nice guy and hope it was worth it!!!
In case your wondering how I know how much it cost him? I was playing with Hermine Baron at a tournament in Pasadena, CA and Mel came by the table before the game and they chatted and she asked him how much it cost him, he grinned and said a lot, $500,000 which was a lot of money then and still is a lot of money now.
Dec. 7
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Mark: Yes of course –I thought that was understood
Dec. 5
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Not suprising that Kevins good motion was squashed. There is a lot of deadwood on this board and I hope they read Bridgewinners to see what people who care think of them.
Dec. 4
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Ray: Yes, no problem there –i was referring to that I dont care what they play 3 as!! so no need to tell me what i already know. My problem is with the punishment doesn't fit the crime in my opinion.I also think they might be taken a double shot here. As I have repeatedly stated they cried wolf and they could have but didn't bid over 1! or 1 therefore according to the facts the director assuming they would be bidding at the 5 level and getting dbled making is way out there
Dec. 4
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Patrick: don't really care what they play in France. Last time I checked the Tournament was in the USA and Hawaii is not under French possession.
Dec. 3
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This thread could go on forever – how about in the interest of bridge Joe and Bobby just announce that they don't want to win in such a way that taints our wonderful game and remove themselves back to 2nd. It would be magnanimous and good for bridge and satisfying to many!! Besides Bobby doesn't have any more room in his Trophy Room!LOL
Dec. 3
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No, not at all but I think the penalty was too harsh and the non-offending side probably thought the opponents missed a game and when they later realized they could have made 4 they cried wolf —remember they didn't bid over 1 or 1!!
Dec. 3
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Yes, benefit of doubt goes to the non-offenders but they could have bid over 1 or over 1 and also called the director after the auction was over.So lets not use the guillotine!!
Dec. 3
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John: they weren't in 4 they were in 3!!
Dec. 3
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Really!! if it was a new pair they wouldn't return!!
Dec. 3
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Heck NO!! especially the guillotine part about deciding to make you double!! (even though almost everyone would) The opponents didn't bid over 1 or 1 so what makes them think they would bid 5 over 4 They should have called the director before the hand was played.
Dec. 3
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Well done for the Wilson team especially Kent Mignocchi, not only a terrific player but nice guy also!
Dec. 3
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Congratulations ladies! Especially to Pam Wittes who is from my area and one of the nicest women in bridge.
Nov. 29
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Another way to slow down the already slow game Ed.
Nov. 27
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