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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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Is that because at this point in time the only youth programs may be catering to that category. I know some very good poker players who don't know the math but do pretty well in a no limit game.
Dec. 29, 2017
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The real question if we eliminated master points and went to a rating system would one think that it would increase, decrease or not impact the amount of bridge being played. I for one would think it would decrease.
Dec. 29, 2017
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I think points per event or points per day is not a good recognition feature. We have a list at club website which is points per session played. I play on a Weds night most of the time. Strongest field at club. Sometimes C set at 2000 so we have 3 pairs in the c field. Typically first on Weds night is lower than my club average per session due to its size. I would still play since I still work but I expect there would be some who would choose not to play in small events(they already do) or small tournaments if we counted points per session or day.

In Florida some sectionals pay upwards of 17 for a single session pair games and as little as 5 or 6 depending on size of field.
Dec. 22, 2017
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Diamond will be ruffed. All others make 7.
Dec. 19, 2017
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So the poster wants to play in the open event and if he does not qualify than he can play a 0-10K the next day and the summer schedule has it right.

What about the players who want to play in the 0-10K events and if they do not qualify then shouldn't they have a 0-6000 event available.
Dec. 10, 2017
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Actually don't remember if it was honor or not. May have been before change for minor penalty card. Was several years ago.
Dec. 10, 2017
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When I cracked my elbow and was using a card holder one time when I went to make a lead two cards came out. I called director myself before putting my opponent in position to decide what to do. Director let me make lead I wanted and since I kept lead I was forced to play penalty card.
Dec. 5, 2017
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I would have played Double as penalty and double as takeout. I assumed the capital D in answer was how hard the double hit the table.
Dec. 2, 2017
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I think this may have to do with something like Summer Nationals when Spingold starts on Monday there is a Womans pairs and a Senior Swiss available. So some either play Spingold or don't play in a National event for a couple of days.
Dec. 2, 2017
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Peg sounds like you wanted to play the senior pairs and one of the 3 day team games. I expect everyone who only planned on playing the senior mixed pairs and then planned on playing the mixed teams Sat/Sun think this schedule is OK.
Dec. 2, 2017
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I am also with that in terms of convention card however once playing a swiss the opponents overcalled 2S over my partner's 1NT on 1st bid. I asked what system they were playing and they said a convention I did not know. I asked for convention card to see what they were playing and they did not have a card. I asked what other bids would mean and was told they did not have to tell me since they did not bid it. So I called director who explained that they would have to play yellow card and then stated they needed to answer my question. Only time I called director for this type of issue.
Nov. 28, 2017
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A slow table in knockouts versus pairs I would think is significantly different.

I have a pair at local club. One time when playing them they were giving a warning that would get a slow play penalty. One of my opponents asked “what is the slow play penalty”. I got up and wrote on the board.

Dear Director's,

How is it possible that so and so do not know what the slow play penalty is.


Lot's of warnings given but not sure penalty is ever enforced. I am rather quick so usually does not impact me but not enjoyable following a very slow pair.
Nov. 28, 2017
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What would you have ruled in opponent held Kx of clubs and 3 good spades. Would you give player 4 tricks don't unblock hearts or diamonds and play clubs first or would you now claim that declarer would cash out first and therefore only lose last 2 tricks.
Nov. 23, 2017
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I actually like 1N-2♣;2♦-2♠ as 5-4 in majors to play. Not invitational. Although I play in invitational with 1 partner and just transfer to spades but I find it comes up far more often 5-4 weak to play than 5-4 invitational.
Nov. 19, 2017
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James. Well if opponent intended to bid 2 and bid 1 I'm not sure how to determine if it is mechanical or insufficient bid. Since I would expect if 1 was opened than a bid of 1 would be expected. I always considered mechanical a call that may have been pulled in error. If opponent was thinking of opening 1 when 2 was called in front of him and then bid 1 I am not sure this is truly mechanical.
Nov. 19, 2017
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