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The completely sad thing about this is that the general bridge population is surpsised.

So often during a lot of the recent cheating scandals people act like professionalism (AKA money) is the cause of this. In fact cheating has become less AFAIK because its a big business so the incentives to cheat have become less (you risk a cushy job in order for glory, compared to just maxing out your chance of glory).

Bridge is a broken game. In a partnership game, people will cheat. They cheat in jail or a mental hospital for nothing, they cheat in their home games, they cheat for a world championship. They will cheat for money too, but for money their opps will be more vocal in blackballing them.

A game that operates around the honor code… guess what happens?

Boye alluded to this in his most recent post but the biggest problems in bridge are not outright cheating, they are unethical behavior. Sure you have to wait after a skip bid, how about after your partner cuebids or last trains (not a jump). Your partner could argue persuasively they had a clear keycard but they wanted their partner to keycard, great. What if they last train and their partner signs off instantly. Will a director make them keycard (they will say well I last trained so my partner had the decision). This happens all the time.

What about A from AK. 2H p 4H. With AK they lead within 3 seconds, but with an unsupported A they lead after 5-10 seconds. Their partner signals attitude for the K now. This happens all the time. What is the recourse? Even pairs not trying to cheat are just straight up cheating in this spot all day. And they rationalize it that their competitors are cheating.

And who will be the hero? The federation? As this article shows, the federation is looking out for its own economic interests. It has never been anything but corrupt and never will be.

I will be totally honest, my dream in life is to quit bridge. And i love the game of bridge, and my whole life has been built towards becoming the best I can be. But now its simply, I will never make more money at anything else than bridge, and I have a family to support. However, I hate playing against these people and for these federations. Supporting them at all. I was going to boycott WBF tourneys like BOYE did, but here I am about to play in Orlando, and I feel DIRTY. This game is a joke, the results are a joke, and have been forever. A partnership game based on an honor system is not sustaintable, because people will take advantage of it. If you believe in the goodness of human kind, good for you, you are extremely naive.

Most bridge players have *always* been dishonest. And yeah you can say its because of money or titles or whatever, shocker they are more dishonest at the lower levels (perhaps unknowningly). The social ramifications of being dishonest at the higher levels are higher.

But yeah keep your heads in the sand. Worship the blue team, worship fantoni and nunes, etc. And after that know that your favorite players are just smart enough to get away with what they can. The game is and always has been a farce and it's really sad for people who just love the game. But the current (and past) models are unsustainable if you want a fair game. And no matter what, it will always be an unfair game. If I were to ever win the lottery, I would never play bridge again. The game is a joke and I play only for economic reasons at this point, and I hope to find an alternative to that but sadly its probably too late.

–Signed someone who dreamed of being as good as my idols.


** Bob Hamman is clearly the best player ever based on everything ive seen.
Sept. 16, 2018
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Wow Bobby, not much I can say to that other than thank you. That is a really nice comment.
May 22, 2018
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Congrats guys, was a really fun match. Always love playing you except that you’re too good haha.
May 20, 2018
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Yeah we were super lucky on 7s. I will note that bidding in first seat favorable was a huge win (other match it went pass, 2n p 7n). To prove I am not resulting I would have passed in first seat, but it’s a bidders game!
May 19, 2018
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Based on my highly sophisticated pattern recognition algorithm, it seems like he should be due for another win soon :P
May 18, 2018
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Congrats!
Dec. 30, 2017
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If a good pair had this auction against me I'd def think it was really weird, especially if they are aggressive and can open 2S on 5 or a really bad hand with 6.

I didn't really think it was clear to bid 4S even after a 3S opener, I have a lot of defense… I didn't think I could really double with no trump tricks so I figured the chance of us making or them making made it worth it to bid even if both are less likely than both contracts going down. Obv hit gold here with a double make, less so opposite 7312 or the like when partner is going to lead their stiff D!
Dec. 30, 2017
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http://usbf.org/vugraphsold/USBCs/USBC2017/html/USBC2017_F_1_s4.htm#bd27

This appears to be the full hand. If Kevin had opened 2S then lots of other remarkable things happened: Meck Xed instead of overcalling 3H with x QJTxx KQxxx Ax. Then when his partner jumped to 4H then ripped 4S, he failed to bid 5H!. He actually thought for a long time about bidding 5H in the actual auction of 3S X p 4H p p 4S X.

And on that note, we were playing behind screens so even if my partner somehow opened 2S then tanked over 4H I would have no idea (I have never seen an expert tank in that auction so I would assume it was my opp lol).
Dec. 30, 2017
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On that note people should be careful to always believe that vugraph is 100 % accurate, the operators are people and sometimes they make mistakes, especially when it comes to what spot cards were played (I'd guess that like 1/3rd of the time they get it wrong when someone has given a suit preference or something, they often just follow up the line).
Dec. 30, 2017
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I held this hand, my partner opened 3S. Vugraph misreported it, no one checked it and I guess it was written up this way :P

Pretty sure Kevin would rather open 4S than 2S with this.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Apparently this guy is the biggest or one of the biggest legends in terms of IMO:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reid_W._Barton

He is a bridge player. I was coaching some collegiates a while ago and one of them who was very smart freaked out that Reid was on a team haha.
Dec. 29, 2017
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Agreed, also there are no 14 counts of course which changes things compared to reality (even people who are very strict about not upgrading would probably upgrade something like AT9 xx AKT9x KTx)
Dec. 29, 2017
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As someone who played a lot of both poker and bridge, I liked bridge a lot more since I found it to be a much richer game. Poker is very tedious after a while, whether you play it online or live…I never felt that way about bridge.

I don't know much about magic but it seems like MTG players make far less than bridge pros so that could be one reason a magic player would prefer to play bridge (assuming they found the game interesting, see my point about poker if they don't :P).

Bridge is also unique because of the partnership game element, some people will hate that and some will love that, so that can be a draw or a deterrent to people.
Dec. 29, 2017
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dropping the DQ if east had ATx of clubs (which it looks like) would be a disaster as south would be squeezed into showing the count. They would be forced to pitch 3 low hearts and the low club, then follow to the heart ace which would mark them with 4 clubs, 4 hearts and 2 spades.

of course, your partner might just have 2 small diamonds…and if you want to tell me they would always give honest count vs 6N then presumably the declarer can use that and know that diamonds are 3-3 :P.

You pitched great Debbie. Nice article Max!
Dec. 23, 2017
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All Mikael imo
Oct. 3, 2017
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To Adam and Zach:

What is the correct opening bid with x xx Jxxxx Jxxxx w/r in first seat? :P
Oct. 3, 2017
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It's definitely been thought about for instance: http://www.bridgebase.com/forums/topic/26502-is-matchpoints-becoming-obsolete/page__st__20__p__298999__hl__%22bam+knockout%22__fromsearch__1#entry298999

I know Brad Moss has also been a proponent of BAM KOs and others. I think it doesn't happen because there would be very little chance of upsets ever happening like you see in imps. And less chance of exciting comebacks etc.
Oct. 1, 2017
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MP is clearly less random than imps, but knockouts are clearly less random than pairs.
Oct. 1, 2017
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Indeed, I remember you playing the last 2 sets against me in the 2016 trials and at some point we were up 85 or so and lost 70ish back at some point haha!
Aug. 30, 2017
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lol does anyone really think if Marty magically lost all his money he and Chip would not be hired for big $$? I think Marty played some pro bridge back in the day. It doesn't matter…I agree with Joe if I had a bunch of money I would be a sponsor lol.
Aug. 30, 2017
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