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“it is going to be a tough sell given that he apparently agreed to an “unfair execution”, that he pleaded guilty.” Where did it say he pleaded guilty. It said he was found guilty.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Ercran, 4 is forcing, so hand 2 worth 4 has no impact on bidding 4 with your hand.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Maybe not publicizing it until the end of the tournament is the agreement in order for Passell to agree to the punishment?
Aug. 17, 2015
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Michael Kamil, you wrote: “It's a pretty sad state of affairs when I can honestly say I can't see myself ever being able to win a big event again because I don't cheat.” So you are saying that all the winners in big events have at least some cheaters on their teams?

You are a top pro. Top pro cheaters hurt non-cheating top pros like yourself more than anybody else. So why aren't you guys protecting yourselves and doing something about it, instead of coming here and whine about the state of Denmark?
Aug. 17, 2015
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Unlike to guys, the top players have more at stake in this. It would be irresponsible to say anything other than just general platitudes based on the Bulletin. To many, Mike may be a friend or at least a colleague.
Aug. 17, 2015
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As I aid, I believe ACBL tightened the loophole after Sion. But no matter what the rules are, someone can always take ACBL to court, and it will be complicated. You have to be able to explain to the judge the fine points of the culture of bridge while the cheater's lawyer has the simpler task of just obfuscating things.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Jols, Steve Sion won on that issue in court. If I recall correctly, ACBL under Bobby Wolff then changed things to make it harder for players to use that argument. I assume that to register as an ACBL pro, one has to sign some kind of conduct code, but it is just my assumption.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Thanks for calling me a cheater.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Well, some of us have a different world view.
Aug. 17, 2015
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I do not claim that probation is the appropriate penalty. I don't even know exactly what he did. My remark is in general about whether people who cheat in Bridge deserve a chance at redemption. And I think they do.

If I remember correctly, Steve Sion's partner made major contributions to Bridge subsequent to being found guilty of cheating. So should his entire Bridge life be based on that he was a cheater at one time?
Aug. 17, 2015
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You can play the A before running the J.
Aug. 17, 2015
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David, I was just curious because I knew all of them at MIT, but have not kept in touch. What happened in Bridge did not affect their academics. But at most one of them struck me then as likely to pursue an academic life. If you feel comfortable telling me the name and university privately, please do so. If not, I understand.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Assuming he is not barred for life, why should he be barred from playing with his partner. His partner was not involved in the cheating (AFAIK).
Aug. 17, 2015
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David, who is your Dean and what university?
Aug. 17, 2015
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This is a list of people suspended at this moment. People who have finished their suspension are no longer on the list. I don't disagree with you that suspending/banning a pro will very likely end in a lawsuit. However, ACBL did make it more difficult to sue on the basis of taking away the player's livelihood after the Sion fiasco. As Richard surmised, this was probably a plea bargain decision.
Aug. 17, 2015
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So no one should have a chance of redemption?
Aug. 17, 2015
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You can lose 1D and 1S. You don't need 5D's, only 4 if H's are 3-2.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Nat, other pros have been suspended. The question is the likelihood of a lawsuit and of ACBL winning.
Aug. 17, 2015
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If 's are 3-2, they do not need to guess to make 5.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Chris, AFAIK, only calls with lead directing anomalies should be alerted.
Aug. 17, 2015
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