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If you're not playing a strong , how can it be “to play”? Shouldn't it just be descriptive?
Oct. 20, 2018
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I would think that if it is (purportedly) natural, it would be governed by the rules for opening NTs. But I'm not a rules expert.
Oct. 20, 2018
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I haven't read those. Will check them out. Thanks.
Oct. 19, 2018
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I agree with you, Mark. But the contract was with the hotel. I don't know if another venue could have been found that would have been better (surely, it would need to be outside of Disney World). But I'd much rather go to Reno than the Swan & Dolphin. The cost is much less, in addition to many other net positives.

The problem is rarely the volunteers or organizers (local). The venue is negotiated by ACBL, not the people running the tournament.
Oct. 18, 2018
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I now have.

:)
Oct. 18, 2018
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I'm staying at the host hotel, but alas, am using Hilton Honors points. I doubt if the ACBL will get credit for me.
Oct. 18, 2018
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The Cincinnati NABC in 2000 was excellently organized, with great hospitality. The playing site was downtown with a (large) number of excellent restaurants of varying prices. I'll take “The Nati” again, anytime.
Oct. 18, 2018
Larry Sealy edited this comment Oct. 18, 2018
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Yes and yes.
Oct. 18, 2018
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In ACBL's defense, the Orlando (one of the worst NABC venues in recent memory) contract was for two NABCs: 2016 and 2022(?). They paid a (relatively) small fee to get out of the latter. It has been rescheduled for Reno, as I understand.
Oct. 18, 2018
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“Build it, and they will come” - Ray Kinsella aka Kevin Costner,..“

W.P. Kinsella in the book ”Shoeless Joe,“ which was adapted into the movie ”Field of Dreams.“

He also wrote another excellent baseball book: ”The Iowa Baseball Confederacy."
Oct. 18, 2018
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“Why Honolulu? Or San Francisco? Or Chicago? Or New York? Why not Omaha? or Chattanooga? Or Albuquerque? Or Columbus?”

NYC hasn't had one in 14 years. I've been told that this is the last one for HNL. The people that scheduled it are not (for the most part) still on the board. Columbus is having one in 2020.

Some smaller cities don't have the requisite rooms/restaurants, as stated above. But others may not volunteers willing to host such a (volunteer) labor intensive tournament.
Oct. 18, 2018
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It seems like Papi has some “splainin” to do.
Oct. 16, 2018
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“Known as Goldwater's Rule, or Law, in the US, after a director prominent in the 50s and 60s.”

Yes, Harry Goldwater was a legend. I've employed that rule several times, to my benefit - and not used it several times, to my detriment.
Oct. 9, 2018
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I believe that (as originally defined by Marty Bergen) this auction is one of the prototypes for GB2N.
Oct. 5, 2018
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F.E. Manoppo (and a number of other Indonesian players) competed in the most recent ACBL NABC, as well as several preceding tournaments. They did extremely well in the tournaments leading up to Atlanta, and had pretty decent results there. Best was a 17/32 in the Spingold.
Sept. 22, 2018
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@Ian: In the US, your bet is also returned. If you bet $100 @20/1, and win, you get back $2000 plus your original $100.
Sept. 21, 2018
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At the 2006 Dallas Spring NABC, playing the finals of the Jacoby Open Swiss, I picked up:
x AKQJ10xxxxx xx none.

At favorable, RHO opened 1. I bid 5. LHO thought for awhile and doubled -AP. Dummy had 2 hearts and the K-6th of s - nothing else. Opps cold for 7 or 7. Other table my counterpart bid 4, then (5)-(5)-(6). He bid 7 and teammates doubled. An interesting way to win 5.
Sept. 11, 2018
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The auction was a little different at my table:
1-1-(1)-2-(2)-3-3. I think it painted a better picture of partner's hand.
Sept. 10, 2018
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When this was happening, cigarette (and even cigar) smoking was allowed at the table. I think the lingering odor of another substance would have been the least of your problems.
Sept. 5, 2018
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This is a bi-product of the push for Olympic status. I would posit that most banned drugs would not help someone's bridge playing ability. Maybe ADHD meds or amphetamines (or the like). Surely not steroids, THC, or many others on the list.
Sept. 4, 2018
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