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Of course, Marty Bergen should be enshrined. Ordered books from Marty. He always had time for questions. A real gentleman.
March 8
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Simply stated, is it permissible to smoke a “joint” during a session while waiting for the next round of play? What is the difference between smoking a cigarette or lighting up a joint?
March 8
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ACBL not setting a good example or policy for the young ACBL members. What is next?
March 5
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Remember when Barrington had night games 6 nights a week with two sections and a lower rated section. Times have changed. Not limited to Barrington.
Aug. 13, 2018
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Replacing a open team game with a 299er event only demonstrates lack of interest and proves lack of demand. Sad.
Aug. 11, 2018
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Bridge clubs in Los Angeles area are cutting number of games with less participation.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Master points are important. Not only are master points important but for many, pigmentation is also important.
Dec. 19, 2017
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Gary, be serious. Bridge is not a “sport”. Sitting in a chair and lifting a card from your hand requires no special physical dexterity or skill.
Dec. 5, 2017
Allan Bloom edited this comment Dec. 5, 2017
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Eddie Kantar published at www.lybrary.com a 68 page book entitled The Forcing Pass which covers this subject. It is based on a series of articles Kantar wrote for the ACBL Bridge Bulletin.
Oct. 15, 2017
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At all times and now it is undisputed that they are citizens of Norway and subject to its laws, including its tax laws. The Norway has ruled. Therefore, appeal is the procedure to challenge the ruling. Until the appeal is heard or until the time for filing the appeal has expired, the ruling is not final. The issue herein is a matter of law and not an issue in fact, i.e. whether the payments received are taxable as income. Clearly, they were not gifts but payments for playing bridge. We are not arbiters of whether the decision is correct, this is the province of the court. It would be interesting to know the grounds for the appeal. As a pragmatic matter, they have a high hurdle to overcome. Courts are loathe to limit the taxation powers. If you would disagree with the court so be it.
Sept. 30, 2017
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Peg–The court rendered the judgment. Income tax evasion is a serious matter. Again, residency is not the issue. The fact the income was not taxable in Monaco has no bearing on the matter.
Sept. 29, 2017
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Peg there is no mistake of law or facts involved. The undisputed facts are that they failed to follow the Norway law in relating to payment of taxes for income received. There is no issue involved other than mon-payment from earned income. Obviously, upon being apprised of the law they should have filed an amended return and contested the matter in court and presented their arguments.
Sept. 29, 2017
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There is a difference between residency and citizenship. Although, you are a citizen of Norway, you can reside in Monaco. There are different tests for residency. Residency can be changed.
At all times, and now, they remain citizens of Norway and subject to the laws of Norway. What is so difficult to understand? Of course, Norway has laws on income earned outside its borders. Most countries do. They must follow the laws of Norway.
Sept. 29, 2017
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Unbelievable great bridge players who uncovered alleged bridge cheaters yet were themselves although allegedly violating Norway's tax code. Moreover, in my opinion, Bridge federation allowing them to compete for Monaco is total hypocrisy. Can they still represent Monaco?
Sept. 29, 2017
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I played on OKBRIDGE and enjoyed. However, cancelled membership after ACBL suspended awarding of master points for non-payment by OKBRIDGE. My membership imo was based on better monetary value than BBO. Has OKBRIDGE improved since reinstatement by ACBL?
Sept. 6, 2017
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Any organization having Gates and Buffett as paid members brings attracts attention and interest to it. There are only positives to having the ACBL recognized by Buffett and Gates as being worthy of their participation. No wonder, the ACBL membership is static without generating more interest. When is the last time you have been viewed any newspaper bridge coverage or events? Look at poker and its coverage. No bridge publicity whatsoever which makes bridge a closet endeavor. Lot of negativity without action.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Of course, it would be good manners to request their permission for their consent to be referenced as ACBL members. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Aug. 29, 2017
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They are household names and are constantly in the news making themselves known at bridge tournaments. Your comment is ludicrous.
Aug. 28, 2017
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Suggest that the ACBL purchase an ad in the Wall Street Journal to announce the result and include the names of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as members.
Aug. 27, 2017
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Unbelievable that there are any negative posts on the policy relating to no-shows or cancellation policy. As long as you have notice of the policy, you have agreed to it. Nothing unfair, but only good business. Of course, there are always those claiming unfairness and there should be exceptions but you cannot run a business with a multitude of exceptions.
Aug. 21, 2017
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