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Let's also hear what you'll do about resellers like Priceline and Expedia. Will you try to include them in the pricing requirements? Lotsa luck.
July 1, 2017
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Why would they do that, since it's entirely false?
June 30, 2017
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What outrage? Go somewhere else yourself and get the playing space for free. If you don't want to pay for the space, just stay at a different hotel.
June 30, 2017
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When suggests “boil the ocean,” it's not out of line to ask whether they have thought it through.
June 30, 2017
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I once worked for a publication aimed at the event planning industry, and Bernard makes the most sense to me. Hotels generally don't get their money from event space per se, they get it from having people in the rooms who then spend money there. If the ACBL buys event space but doesn't commit to hotel rooms, the hotel will most likely book a block of rooms from some other group, and the bridge players all trying to make their own individual arrangements will be out of luck.
June 29, 2017
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My understanding is that the free bots, e.g. in Play 4, are not as good as the ones in the pay events. So if your experiment had come in a series of pay bot tournaments he might have found the defenders more accurate, and more willing to double (I went for -1400 the other day). They might have found that one slam too.

AFAIK there are two iterations of bots at any given time, free and pay.
June 29, 2017
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While you're at it, have the players negotiate individually for the playing space as well.
June 28, 2017
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Metal points? Na.
June 24, 2017
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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be either.
June 23, 2017
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One notes that the NABC online event is limited to ACBL members, so the pool of potential players is smaller, excluding everyone who isn't already a member and doesn't want to pay the membership fee just for this event. So the BBO daylong tourneys aren't really a good comparison.
June 23, 2017
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Who opens 4 in second seat with that though?
June 23, 2017
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Since 100% of the matchpoints are at stake we can be sure that no other West bid 6, so we don't have to try to figure out a sensible hand for West's actions and just visualize one that someone capable of dressing himself and finding the club is more likely to take.

We're playing either for x AKJxxxxx x(x)(x) x(x)(x) or AKJxxxxx xxxx x (note: I forgot 9 hearts means partner is void; adjusted). Neither is at all likely, but the latter is less highly improbable. I go for a ruff.
June 22, 2017
Brian Baresch edited this comment June 23, 2017
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For a while there the East hand appeared in the West position.
June 22, 2017
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I think the GIBs in the free games are not the same as in the paid ones; IIRC there are two levels. If that's no longer the case, yay.

Even if it is, I agree it's inexpensive. In the non-ACBL games you can get 24 boards' worth of practice for 75 cents US. In the ACBL, 24 boards for $2 is a lot less than at even inexpensive clubs. (All things being equal I'd rather play f2f, but we're talking about practicing for a robot event.)
June 19, 2017
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The fact that the best argument the antis can come up with is the bizarre assertion that hordes of people will decide to stay home from a national tournament to play a short event online, indicates that this is a pretty good idea.
June 19, 2017
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I don't know about that. I play semi-regularly and need about half an hour to finish a 12-board ACBL robot tourney, and I'm rarely even close to the last to finish. You can do it faster, but not if you actually think about it as you go.
June 16, 2017
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You know that and I know that, but there seemed to be some cloudiness elsewhere.
June 15, 2017
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On the second question, I've never seen GIB take different actions in identical situations, and I've checked often. (“Instant” tournaments aside – those use different versions of the software for the current player and the older deals.)
June 15, 2017
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Two accounts surely means one plays the boards fast and gets access to the hand records (and results, in usual BBO robot games) and then plays the hands “for real” using the illicit info.
June 15, 2017
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This may be the most “Why wasn't I consulted” comment section on the site, against strong competition.
June 15, 2017
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