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My district has a pro am game on the Monday of the regional, where a newer player is randomly paired with an experienced player and a 24 board game is played. I brought a player who is not an ACBL member, has played social bridge only and is now recently retired. I thought he might enjoy the experience. He bought his entry, was paired with an excellent partner, and then about 3 rounds into the game he was approached by the director and told that he had to buy an ACBL membership! He could choose between a year and a one month membership which was either $7 or $8, and he had to do one or the other of those, during the play round. There was nothing about this requirement on the flyer. I remember when non members had to pay a surcharge, but not, at least in D23, everyone playing tournaments is required to be a member. I'm not sure what my opinion is about that, but regardless I think it should be waived in a pro am game.
Aug. 11
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I am surprised there is no limited BAM event anywhere in the NABC, (unless you consider Mixed to be protected.) I think that there should be a limited BAM to introduce players to that format. It's intimidating to play open BAM when you haven't had much exposure.

I also agree that Red Ribbons should be moved back to that spot. Certainly they should not compete with youth/collegiate events.
Aug. 4
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Sorry. I should have been more clear. Should a player who has won an open national event be allowed to compete in a limited event? I would include wins in second string open events such as Wernher Pairs as a national win, but not flight 0 to 10k events and not flight B events.
July 29
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I think this subject deserves a thread of its own. Should players with a national win be allowed to play limited events at all?
July 29
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The GNT B results appear to be after 7 matches instead of 8, and the list of qualifiers is incorrect, at least for our score, but I believe for others as well. I don't know if the other flights are correct or not, but B was a much larger field.
July 18
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I was once told that another part of the issue is that higher ranked teams will then be playing down a bracket and players in that bracket might not like seeing higher ranked players in their protected bracket. I used to round every person's masterpoint holding up to the next highest thousand because when we asked to play up we were denied 100% of the time, and I was playing with junior players who were very good. Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
July 9
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Hello,

I can volunteer myself for Monday. My credentials for childcare are not too bad; I am a pediatric ICU nurse with 35 years of experience. I am taking Monday and Tuesday off of play and would be willing to babysit 1 or 2 girls around the same age. If this would help please message me here. I am arriving in Las Vegas on Tuesday for GNT Wednesday.
July 9
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It is true that there is a lot of disparity in B flight, but players who only win their district because of a handicap will not be competitive at the NABC.
June 18
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I thought the point of the GNT is to send the best team in each flight. I don't see how handicapping is part of that effort. I do agree that B is a very wide bracket in terms of levels of experience. I would rather see the lines moved than see the flights handicapped. There are 4 brackets, not 3, so maybe B could end at 2000 instead of 2500. If that happened it would still be sending the team that played the best on that weekend in each district, without awarding any handicap.
June 18
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Where did they decide?
June 8
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I have some vague recall that Las Vegas is a place where child care in hotels is not allowed and ACBL was not allowed to provide it there at a previous NABC. Has this changed or is my recall wrong?
Feb. 28
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Hi Linda, I’m Carol Frank, h2osmom on BBO. I have about 2000. Points and am a competent B player. If you’d like to play Imp pairs with me I’d like to as well. I know you’re rated higher than I am. I do play 2/1 with several gadgets. I have made day 2 of open national events several times and overalls twice. Good luck!

Carol
Feb. 5
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I’m sorry for not giving all the hands. It was a Swiss and I don’t have hand records. I remember my own hand of course but am not good at remembering everyone’s. The player over the splinter had KQJx hearts and his partner had ATxxxx hearts. One was void in spades and one had 2 small diamonds. I don’t remember how clubs were but their only losers were the diamonds.
Dec. 4, 2018
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LuLu's is very nice for dinner. It's about a mile and a half walk along the beach; that's nice too.
Nov. 28, 2018
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I love the service and use it when I can. I agree that allowing multiple cards would be nice, but it's also nice as it is. I thought ACBL was going to take this over in the near future. Did I misread that?
Aug. 10, 2018
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So, if the argument for having each person on a team pay individually is the master point award, then if a player plays in a side game, and isn't eligible for both sets of master points, shouldn't that player be able to play for no extra charge?
Aug. 2, 2018
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It used to be that way, but not too long ago it was changed such that each person on a team pays for every session even if they are sitting out. So a 4 person team pays $200 per day, a 5 person team pays $250 per day, and a 6 person team pays $300 per day. Something about master points for overall results being awarded to the entire team. As I say, I don't agree with this, but that's the way it is. But in light of that decision I think it would be a nice concession if players who are sitting out could play for free in a side event.
Aug. 2, 2018
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I also did not care for club play. The first time I went to a club a lot of people were smoking indoors and it was nauseating. People were yelling at their partners. Someone called the director on me because she said, “skip bid please wait” and then bid. I couldn't even understand what she said and passed immediately. But then I heard there was a tournament near me and entered it with my partner. We happened to win the novice game. At that point I was interested, but I was also raising a family and busy and not willing to go to club games to develop a partnership. Later on a friend showed me the microsoft gaming zone and I found out I could play a higher quality bridge game than I ever had online. From there I developed some live partnerships and was lucky enough to have a friend who I knew from a different activity but who was/is a good bridge player and he mentored me. If I had to depend on club play to develop partnerships for tournament play I doubt I would ever have become a tournament player. I have been lucky to be able to play with partners I probably don't deserve, but I currently attend most NABC's unless they are in Orlando, some of the local tournaments, play about 3-4 club games a week, play with and against some college students when I can at local teaching games. So, online bridge and tournament bridge is what worked for me, along with being mentored by a good player who took an interest in me and helped me reach a level of competence such that I could enjoy playing in a tournament pairs game and follow what was going on. Thank you, John!
May 4, 2018
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I go to most NABC's, and if Thanksgiving were in the middle, I would choose to play either before or after. Thanksgiving is a command performance for me, and I wouldn't travel twice.
March 27, 2018
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Peg, I believe that's correct. But this year I didn't arrive until Monday night and started play on Tuesday. If this switch had been in effect I would have arrived Saturday night instead of Monday; 2 days earlier.
March 19, 2018
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