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All I was saying was that they were playing the games while waiting for a table to finish. They were wrong and should not have done it, and they turned the phones off right away. But as far as noise or potential cheating there was no harm done. Also, they were young players, the type that we need more of.
Aug. 1, 2017
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When I was at the Nationals in Washington, DC, two young men (probably late teens or early twenties) were playing video games on their smartphone, while waiting for the next table to finish. The Director asked them nicely to turn the phones off, and they complied immediately. It was a low level section, and it's a little diffent issue,but it was handled well by all parties.
Sometimes common sense is the best policy.
July 31, 2017
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I start each Beginner's class (people 60 and older) saying “There are 52 cards in a deck. It is not Canasta nor Pinochle.” Then I start them playing several hands of Whist
July 27, 2017
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Sounds like a terrible NABC. No one found much to bitch about :)
July 25, 2017
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While the letter to the editor was ridiculous, it's also amusing to see many of the posters correctly disparing masterpoints while
simultaneously boasting how difficult it was for them to get masterpoints in the “hard,old days.”
July 16, 2017
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I think the TD was correct, and basically backing you up. You should have said ‘thanks’ and gone on to the next hand.
July 13, 2017
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If the ACBL would announce a cure for cancer, there are people who would criticize them for not doing it earlier; for giving themselves credit for the cure; for not having enough public input; for charging too much; for not charging enough to remain profitable; for not finding a cure for diabetes; and probably 10-20 other criticisms
June 16, 2017
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I seldom use (or more likely remember when my partner uses) stolen bid doubles, but what is the problem with them?
June 10, 2017
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What was Adam Wildavsky's proposal from 10 years ago?
June 6, 2017
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If we were not playing bridge some of us would be working, sleeping, reading, texting, eating, exercising, drinking, bothering others, gambling, volunteering etc.,etc. At least a couple of these are worse than playing bridge
May 23, 2017
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“Regarding the comments on the number of kibitzers - would all of them just sign off if there was one open semi instead of two? How many additional would be on to watch the women's final? The snobby elitist attitudes expressed on this thread astound me. (This is not directed at you)”

It's not just this thread that has snobby elitist attitudes. In fact, this thread has fewer than many other ones.
May 8, 2017
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I think the fact that bidding boxes somewhat reduce the noise level makes them worth using for people of all ages. And I admit that I was intimidated by them when I first came upon them
April 22, 2017
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Why don't you just say it costs too much? It's a valid argument, unlike the others.
April 21, 2017
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I wish today was April 1 so we would think it was a slightly funny joke.
April 9, 2017
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And Goodgold sounds like Bloodgood's enemy
April 7, 2017
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I voted for “it might be worth exploring.” (although I don't think it's necessary). If there is or is not a problem, how can anyone on this Board know it, since none of us appears to be a novice. Just like I wrote on my post about our not knowing why more young people are not playing bridge, we could only know the answer if we hear complaints from those classified as “Novices,” “Newbys” etc.

But there are a lot of experts who are pure “Amateurs,” so that term should not even be considered for this group.
April 3, 2017
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Hi Jeff,

Thank you for spending so much time here. Have you ever suspected cheating at the bridge table, and what did you do about it?
March 31, 2017
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I went to graduate school at UMD. So not everyone who went there is a top player.
March 12, 2017
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Actually is first name was Ed (like both of yours) but even his wife referred to him by his last name
Feb. 23, 2017
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And North America is more than just Canada and the United States. For some reason, since “Central America” is not a continent, it's part of North America, rather than the other America, South America. (Would have been a lot easier ignoring Amerigo Vespucci, and naming the Hemisphere something else)
Feb. 19, 2017
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