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Thanks for the kind words, John. The WSOP definitely made poker one of the most popular games of the 2000s, and even though I don't think anything will be able to bring Bridge to that level of popularity, perhaps these efforts will move it in the right direction. Overall, I do agree that the digitization of the game for the younger generation is the way to go (at least at first).

I'm definitely looking forward to what can be done once I get back from the NABC in a few weeks. Hopefully, I can fit in some Vanderbilt color commentary in the evenings as well as review hands that I played.
March 11
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The streaming concept only goes so far. It turns Bridge into a more interactive format (to a degree), but there's still a lot more that can be done, and especially from a mass initiative, to really tap into the youth and get Bridge going. I'd be happy to share my thoughts with anyone who would want to further collaborate on it.
Feb. 23
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Yeah, I knew some streams existed, but they're few and far in-between. I really want to run with this and make it an entertaining and interactive experience, using multiple facets of BBO (teaching, playing for fun, commentating on big matches, etc.)
Feb. 22
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I wasn't sure what the right forum was for this; whether it should be on the front page or in this forum. Maybe we can crosspost it.
Feb. 22
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Absolutely. I try to operate my Bridge streams with a very open mind, so the feedback of the viewers is what can drive the future content. I have my own ideas, but if it's not what the people want, then it's not what the people will see.
Feb. 22
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The Common Game kind of has this feature with “Kibitz the Pros,” which is where pros play a few Common Game hands on BBO and there's a YouTube video for each seat during those hands. While this is a cool feature, it lacks the interactivity that Twitch and streaming platforms have to offer.

It'd be nice if we could have a BW challenge match that was also livestreamed so that people could chat with the players while they're playing. That'd be a good next step, and I don't think it'd be too challenging to set up either.
Feb. 22
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But aren't we missing the 8 and 9 also? If so, there's no endplay position. If we do have one of those spots, then the endplay is right.
Feb. 4
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch is so underrated. Well done, Michael, on having great cereal taste.
Jan. 22
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He's not “fixing it over time.” The algorithm only uses the last two years of plays (I think), so games get removed and new games get added, so the numbers shift. It's entirely automatic. Maybe you were getting at that, but I don't like the wording you used in your last sentence, implying he is changing these like he knows everyone and wants to make people look better.
Jan. 22
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I think the only legitimate complaint people could have with Colorado Springs is that they don't agree with the methodology used to compute one's power rating (of course, people will usually not like their own rating, but so be it). However, it's a pretty cool resource and is way more informative about a person's skill than Masterpoints will ever be. While it may not necessarily be the Colorado Springs formula, it'd be a great change if seeding adopted a rating system that wasn't as flawed as Masterpoints, because I know a lot of A's who've been playing forever who deserve to be C's and a lot of high C's/low B's who play well enough to be A's.

Just my opinion on the matter. I look forward to the site returning and seeing where I stand every time there's an update.
Jan. 22
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This leads to the same broken website. But it does say the new site is under construction, so I'm sure we'll be seeing something (relatively) soon.
Jan. 22
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There's a lot of different ways a feature like this could go (oh boy, the software engineer in me is coming out). Pulling the contract by table and names, like it's done currently, would lead to a lot of text for one board and it'd take forever to scroll through a session. The most pragmatic approach is probably to summarize the traveler by contract, score, and frequency. That'd make it compact enough to look nice (I think?).

Regardless of whether Daniel implements that feature or not, well done on making a very useful Chrome extension.
Dec. 13, 2018
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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And FWIW, even though it's not directly relevant, after OP's 3D call here, his partner desperately tried to sign off in 3H under the premise that 3D does not show S support. OP then somehow found a 4S call here, which caused the argument, this post, and then OP's defense of his logic, which pretty much goes against the purpose of asking others for their thoughts.
Dec. 8, 2018
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What OP fails to mention is that he and his partner play constructive raises (or rather, his partner does and OP commonly forgets), so 2H direct should show 8-10 points, and not a crappy 7 as he had on this hand (xxxx xxx KQJx Jx is his hand for reference). Therefore, because of that treatment, this is the proper way to bid the hand within their style. Yes, 3S gets it one level too high but you win some and lose some.

Anyone else find it ridiculous that I know OP's system better than OP, and I was an innocent bystander on this day?
Dec. 8, 2018
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True, but then why did they make a post if it was still pending?
Nov. 30, 2018
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BW pulled a Dewey defeats Truman!
Nov. 30, 2018
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While video games may have very well wiped out Bridge from college campuses in the late 70's/early 80's, I think it's the rise of that and other technology that helped more or less end its reign as one of the major forms of entertainment for students. Video games, TV, and the Internet all destroyed the attention span of the younger generation. Now, unless an activity provides instant gratification, good luck finding young people to partake in said activity.
Nov. 30, 2018
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While I wasn't formally a part of AJB, I became kind of adopted into their family early on when I started learning to play when I teamed up with some of the Atlanta kids in various events. Carolyn was a gem to meet and know over the years. She will be missed.
Nov. 19, 2018
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Juniors already pay $10 less per session and U-19 is free for most sessions (not 100% sure on this one). I'm definitely going to milk the last 1.5 years I have of those discounts before I consider future NABC plans.
Nov. 12, 2018
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Can't finesse if the second is ruffed, reducing you to AK tight.
Oct. 22, 2018
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