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David Babcock
David Babcock
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March 26, 2011
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Jan. 16
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Bridge Director
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Game Director at Key Biscayne BC, Key Biscayne, Florida

United States of America

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Paper or plastic?
My Dealer4 balked a bit at first with the BaronBarclay plastic cards, but, thinking it might be having a problem with those large-but-not-jumbp indexes, I did the recalibration with the 10 of spades and now all is well. The players love the indexes. Not enough use yet to report on ...
how best to serve a certain demographic?
I'm relieved that everyone with experience is seeing things basically the same way. The one hour could be expanded to two after the first meeting. So far, no one has touched on the issue of changing partnerships during the session - is the thinking that to do that would be ...
how best to serve a certain demographic?
OK, supervised or free or whatever we call it play is the way to go. That makes sense. If somewhere between ten and twenty people sign up, as I've been told to expect, and the session length is 1 hour (the available time slot), is getting everyone to play ...
how best to serve a certain demographic?
Apologies to all. Is it psosible for me to move the post, or do I have to repeat it?
Tablets with a table feel
or a bit of paint comes off the rank or the suit designation and the dealing machine freaks out
looking for used Dealer4 machine
I did after reading your suggestion, and his reply was that used Dealer4s for sale are "rarer than hen's teeth" - which is consistent with the lack of success with local inquiries that led to my post. This all speaks very well for the product: the PlayBridge folks fully deserve ...
Penalized for not alerting a self-alerting bid by failure to alert a P/C
One of the benefits to a club player of the almost-lost practice of kibitzing top players at a tournament when the only alternative is a side game with a pick-up partner is that you learn that at the highest levels, full disclosure is the norm. It is very unfortunate that ...
for movement wonks only
Yes, as Gordon has also pointed out; thanks to you both. I may make up table cards with a ¾-Howell on one side and the same with an appendix table on the other: if/when the 13th pair shows up, the Norths just flip the card.
for movement wonks only
I've long suspected that H7ROVER came into being precisely to handle a late pair to a 6-table Mitchell without the dreaded 4-board sitout. An arrow-switch does improve the balance, but it's still not very good. Another improvement is to replace the NS bumps with detours by EW to ...
for movement wonks only
@Gordon: "If you thought it might happen, you could have started with an appendix table - based on a 3/4 Howell or a double-hesitation Mitchell" Bingo! Never thought of it.

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