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Jeff,

Although your district may have approved your table count loss due to reach I am not sure that I would have considered reach on Friday the reason your table count wad down 7 tables although may have some impact.

Last year you had 141 tables over the 3 days and this year 113 tables over the 3 days. A drop of 28 tables. 7 on Friday, 13 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. Seems your least drop occurred on the day of Reach. Last year Friday to Saturday increased 7.5 tables, this year Friday to Saturday only 1.5 tables.
Feb. 14, 2018
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1. In the eighteen years from 1995 to 2013 the number of ACBL sanctioned clubs shrunk by how many?

Again not sure where this question is going. In my area there were either 5 or 6(possibly more clubs) that all moved to a single bridge center. Originally they all kept their own sanctions and that over the years decreased as the table count went up.
In the last few years I believe they have gone to a single sanction for all the games so that they could combine games.
So from question I would say that in Orlando area that first question would have been probably 10 to 4 from 1999-2013 and then from 4 to 2 now. Club split and some of the outlander games combined with a new club.
However I expect table count has gone from about 7000 in 2013 to about 10000 now within the Orlando clubs.
So there are significantly less clubs but more bridge going on in Orlando.

Financially renting a space one day a week does not make sense for small clubs so small games will die off but if part of a bridge center than they potentially can survive and grow.
Jan. 27, 2018
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Question: What percent of the 2,850 sanctioned ACBL clubs hold a sanction for at least one weekly novice duplicate game?
Answer: 5%.

What is the definition of a weekly novice duplicate game. This percentage seems low but maybe their are enough clubs that can only have a single session going on so it would be open.
Jan. 27, 2018
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Question: On average, what percent of students who start out as beginners in a sanctioned ACBL club's teaching program eventually wind up playing in that club's Open duplicate games?
Answer: About 3%.

At our club they run a couple of beginner bridge programs a year. I do not expect our club to be something spectacular in their teaching program. My 2 sons took a class. I believe about 12 people attended. I know of at least 6 who played duplicate games at the club. If the question is how many of them will eventually get to more than x number of points to be eligible for the open game as opposed to the non life master or limited game then we may be asking wrong question.
Jan. 27, 2018
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I think the question is flawed since their are many players who play at clubs for any years but do not play in open duplicate games. I know of one local club where the limited game went up to 1000 points and was being discussed to go to 1500.
Jan. 26, 2018
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No different at a Regional where the top bracket one day pays significantly different another day based on who is in event.

Concept is each day they will bracket the filed into different events based on strength of field. No different than bracketed events today. The different is bracketed at club level as opposed to putting players in different bracket.
Jan. 26, 2018
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Melanie. I play a Wes. night game in my local area. Only night game there is. I work during the days. I would not consider if they had a night time event that I would drive the hours plus to play another night game during the same week. However I would consider taking an afternoon off to play both a Friday and a Saturday. Since I believe the majority of ACBL clubs play during the day I'm not sure running one at night makes sense at this time.
Jan. 26, 2018
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If more in the bridge world would think
“what's best for bridge” as opposed to
“what's best for me” the bridge world would be a better place.
This goes for all the things that we discuss
Jan. 26, 2018
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43,182 members have less than 30 masterpoints. Not sure what question is trying to get to. I expect most players may play on line in team games as practice as opposed to playing in ACBL tournaments. I have about 135 online ACBL points. Played more online when work/family did not allow me to attend as many tournaments as I like. Last year 0 points on line but was in the top 500. Don't see anything wrong in ACBL exploring other avenues to promote bridge.
Jan. 22, 2018
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The problem I see if x is considered a compatible call and opener had AKJx Qxxx Axx xx I would expect a heart call since they know they have a heart fit but may not have a spade fit.
Jan. 15, 2018
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Jeff, I believe email numbers was number of college teams entered in the collegiate so far this year and the number of youth K-12 courses that ACBL subsidizes. Why would you think numbers aren't correct. Now if you have programs not requesting subsidies from ACBL then I would suggest you give them info to get the subsidy they are entitled to.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Stop making my partner frown.
Dec. 31, 2017
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1.) Not the creator but I would expect to give a reason for people to play more bridge.
2.) Expect non ACBL what you don't win money?? You win points.
3.) encourage people to play more bridge. Give in incentive to get better
Dec. 31, 2017
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I did look at tournament form Fargo and I can see. Seems like the factor for open pairs which was set to 3X the number of tables which was done to limit the award so when 15 tables in open and 100 tables in gold rush didn't want an award for 115 tables.

However on Saturday with 10.5 tables in open and only 4.5 in Gold Rush to give credit for 30 tables seems wrong.

Seems like in attempt to minimize award in some tournaments increased too much in others.

Hate to say it since may hurt attendance since some players vastly prefer one format versus another but seems like with small tournament need to minimize the number of different open options available.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Peg, I have not seen this bid of a disparity in Florida Regional tournaments but could see the case if team game is small enough. Maybe 1st, 2nd in pairs only grater than 2 session team game. I do see this to some extent in sectionals where 1 session pair games pay more than 2 session teams mostly since they get significantly more tables.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Although I am reading a lot above where the change in masterpoints have gravitated players away from knockouts I am not sure this is always true. In Florida many sectionals are now running bracketed swisses. Increases the payout in the top brackout significantly (although limited to 3 places). Many long time players are no longer coming to the sectional team games since they do not wish to play a bracketed event.

If we have 32 teams and ran an open and 200. usually something like 20-24 and 8-12 teams in each event. now when bracketed top 8 play together. Teams that are the 6-8th who would typically be above average and have shot for overall in a 20-24 table game now have a relatively small shot at making overall in bracketed.

I am typically on one of the stronger teams and have seen my masterpoints obtained in team games go up as the field get slightly weaker at teams 7 and 8 don't come anymore and when teams 9 and 10 move to top bracket they seem not to be happy either and then they don't come.

Similar to what has been happening at regionals. Those at the bottom of the top bracket started gravitating to pairs games and as a new bottom of the top bracket emerged they also moved out of knockouts.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Jeff, There are 16 teams in the top bracket. The top team has 200,000 points. The 16th team has 15,000. Are you saying both teams deserve the same award if they win the event. I believe the answer is no bu that will not work in the world of bridge. If the best teams win the event but get less points than the 2nd place team (since they were the 16th seed) would not work.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Why?? The bottom 25-30% in the pairs game will get no masterpoints when most if not all teams will get some masterpoints. If the bottom is different why should the top be the same.
Dec. 30, 2017
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What one may not be taking into account is although 1st place in a pairs game is playing more than the team game with the same amount of tables the team game averages more points per table since teams that win a match will get masterpoints. So typically the average points per player is higher in a team game than in a pair game although 1st place in the pairs will pay more than 1st in the teams.
Dec. 30, 2017
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The 21 year old poker players playing the big tournaments have been playing for many years prior. New a 19 year old who was playing serious on line several years back for at least 3 years. He played in one of our live games at larger stakes than you would expect a 19 year old to play.
Dec. 29, 2017
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