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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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about me

My academic background is as a mathematical economist, focusing on game theory and mechanism design. I have a Masters in Economics from Indiana University and dual Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT.


For the last 20 years I have pretty much lived at the intersection of TCP/IP networking and mathematical modeling. I spent my first 10 years out of school working for various networking companies. For the last 10 years I have split my time between the MathWorks where I was the manager for MATLAB's statistics system and Akamai Technologies. I currently work with the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.


I don't have many real achievements in the world of bridge, though I am fairly well know on BBO (and earlier on OKB). Bridgewise, I am probably most proud of my MOSCITO notes (which I really need to finish one of these days)

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Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 2HX vulnerable in a 3-3 fit after psyching during a "Montreal Relay" sequence and getting an aggressive raise from partner.
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Time for Bold New Leadership
> On BBO yes live no Are you sure about this? I'm on BBO right now and don't see any 8 Board ACBL listed. Nor do I see them at described at The instant tournaments appear to be 12 boards as well
Time for Bold New Leadership
> You fee structure leaves out 8 board games. > Can we offer 8 board games with same master > point awards online uses? Are there any ACBL sanctioned games that only have 8 boards?
Time for Bold New Leadership
> So if I have a 1/2 table at bridge l still pay as a > full table what's the difference? In your case, the difference amounts to at most 50 cents per game which feels like a rounding error. For the online vendor, the difference applis per table and ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
> The fact that these players, in eight years, will be > 84 years old and will number just over 3,000 I don't think that you are reading the chart correctly The chart does show that the mode of the player base in 2017 was ~76-77 and there are slightly ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
> we find that players under 200 MPs rarely > play more than once a month at the club. Which way does the causality run? It's far from clear whether 1. Players who rarely show up at bridge clubs don't earn many master points 2. Players with small numbers of ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
> I wasn't complaining l was asking as a business person > bottom line is pretty important except for ACBL BOD > and management who just do things on whim and think > money will never run out. Randy, you may be a business person, but you aren't a principal. It's ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
> You see I don't think is about how many > players play but how much ACBL gets? I don't know how I ever lived without these little gems of brilliance.... FWIW, I'm not particularly interested in how BBO and the ACBL carve up the increase in revenue that ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
@John: Thanks very much for posting these figures @Jeff: It don't think that it is "clear" that ACBL players are not turning to online play. I very much suspect that the number that John is reporting is "The number of tables of played in online ACBL tournaments". This is ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
John's figures suggest that ACBL members play comprise approximately 3 million tables of bridge at ACBL sanctioned clubs each year 1 million tables of bridge on BBO each year If those players who play online "only" play two boards of free, unsanctioned bridge on BBO for every board they ...
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