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There isn't a tournament chair to handle issues like this?
5 hours ago
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I don't think you were out of line at all. In any other industry, if you don't get what you were promised, they make it right or give you a refund. Even if the ACBL doesn't run the food portion of the show, they are the star and the ultimate host and should make things like this right.

Apparently in the bridge world, if you don't get what you paid for, the expectation is that you either suck it up, or are considered a whiny complainer. And yet we wonder why attendance at tournaments is down.
7 hours ago
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Really? You're mocking someone who paid for a session that included lunch for being upset not getting it? He's not calling for the hanging of the volunteers. He's asking for what he paid for so he can eat and maybe enjoy the next session without feeling like crap.

Maybe you should take him behind the barn and shoot him as well.
Aug. 18
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I wouldn't want the commentator to say something like the slam was bid and made at the other table, if my table hasn't finished bidding, as it makes the board I'm watching largely irrelevant, should they not get to slam. But if there is something that happened at the other table that makes the table I'm following more dramatic, I think that's great. If it's a close game hand, and knowing whether it was bid or not, or made or not at the other table makes my table more interesting. I'm cool with that.
Aug. 18
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I have a local club owner that does it in an outlandish way. He gives so much handicap to the novices that it creates two games. There is no mathematical way for those without handicap to win the “handicap” event. But if it gets people out playing, it's fine with me.

Obviously the ACBL doesn't regulate this at all, so you seem to be able to do whatever you want.
Aug. 17
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I did not say it was “stocked with ringers” but I do believe that members of this team had significant overseas experience that was likely not accounted for in their ranking. Perhaps I am wrong. If they accumulated all of their bridge experience while members of the ACBL, I whole-heartedly apologize for any insinuation otherwise.
Aug. 16
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Kit, I don't disagree that this could be helpful for declarer, but it seems that it makes it safer for you to say “I don't remember what this means” and have your opponent go through this process rather than risk giving bad information.
Aug. 16
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Even if this WAS vigilantism, how could the recommendation to report suspect behavior, as opposed to , oh, hunting someone down and shooting them, be vigilantism AT IT'S WORST.


Quite an overbid.
Aug. 15
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Thanks a lot Peg. Feel free to share it where you think it might be enjoyed.
Aug. 15
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Thank you.
Aug. 15
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Thank you. And I know what you mean. Losing close is a lot more like torture on the way home.
Aug. 15
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:) Nobody's called me Ralph since middle school!
Aug. 15
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Thank you.
Aug. 15
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I'm sure most are! :)

Thanks.
Aug. 15
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Thanks!
Aug. 15
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Thank you.
Aug. 15
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Thanks Ellis. Appreciate the comments. Not sure how that would work, however. I didn't want to win via DQ anyway, and can that really happen before the final? What about all the teams they beat up to that point? Sounds like a can of worms I wasn't going to open.
Aug. 15
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Dessert! Cakes are amazing. My wife and I stop on the way to our annual vacation in Tennessee to get desserts for the week. And I brought a couple of slices home. Ask if they have the pistachio. Boston Cream cake is very good as well. Matzo ball soup is good for being below the Mason-Dixon line. They are Greek, so at dinner you get free bread and spanakopita (which I never like) but the Gyro is good as well. The night mentioned above, I got the fried clams, which was huge and came with a stuffed mushroom they didn't even tell me about as a bonus. But I love diners. Patty Melt was good. They do the classic “FULL DINER” meal specials. Soup, salad, etc. Not sure you can go wrong. This place was in Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives", and was surprisingly busy at midnight on a Sunday!
Aug. 15
Mark Raphaelson edited this comment Aug. 15
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Thanks for playing. You played well all week! You're a great partner.
Aug. 14
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Thanks
Aug. 14
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