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The dealer and the casino employees are not my opponent when I am playing at a casino. The casino is. The employees still get paid. May lose their job if they are making these kind of mistakes. Maybe casino needed to make sure their employees were better trained.
Oct. 31, 2017
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Growing up I dealt a lot of “casino” nights and played at them also. You would find volunteer dealer's where they would pay blackjack odds when splitting aces which they weren't suppose to. They would flip both cards up and then turn the second one down. Obviously I would not expect anything this bad in a casino since dealer's go thru training and are reviewed but I expect that you can find some edges here.
Oct. 31, 2017
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Reading above. At a tournament I ask caddies to help shuffle and deal since my opponents are not at table and my partner has difficulty. I ask caddy to show me top and bottom card after shuffling and before dealing and then tell him to put cards in slots so I know one card in each of my opponents hands. I expect everyone here would believe I am cheating. However the caddies are hired by the tournament and I did not manipulate the cards myself I manipulated the employees of the tournament.
Oct. 31, 2017
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I answered loss of concentration. Anytime I have ever done this (I have a few times similar situation) where I believe in this situation declarer was planning on winning Q and then playing small to Ace but got a trick ahead of themselves. Yes we all know what they intended to do but I would not attempt to correct as declarer. I have played Kx opposite Axx K to A on first trick when everyone would know plan was K then small to ace then ruff. Call of ace in this situation I do not believe was “slip of tongue” intending to say small. I believe intended to say ace thinking they either did not play queen or were at the next trick.
Oct. 31, 2017
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My two favorite overcall situations.
Especially P 1 2
Oct. 24, 2017
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So what is the goal. If your goal is to take players that have lots of experience and masterpoints and may have played top bracket bridge for a long time (but not enough skill to play in top bracket) out of the top bracket and replace them with players that have less experience and masterpoints that did not choose to play in the top bracket not sure what the accomplishment will be. I am the tournament chair for a relatively large regional. I very really hear complaints that I have too many points but not enough skill and shouldn't be in top bracket but hear lots of complaints that I don't have enough points and shouldn't be forced to play the top bracket.
Oct. 2, 2017
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Although I agree with Dave comment of more points at nationals than regionals, sectionals and club games. I think some of this is that the size of the events gets bigger. I average significantly more points during daytime club games as opposed to night games. In fact I typically will bring down my club points per game when I win the night game since it so much smaller.
Oct. 1, 2017
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You say this but I play enough bridge and look at the Colorado bridge ratings site. Playing daytime bridge 10-15 table games will average significantly higher than the 3 or 4 table night time game. So if my goal was to improve my rating as opposed to just playing bridge I would stop playing the night time game. Yes it is a stronger filed but sometimes with a 2 or 3 top result at other tables have significant impact.
Oct. 1, 2017
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Jeff, Presently Bracketed knockouts does have a “strength of field” in the award component. Based on average masterpoints in the field. It seems to be the type of event that is losing popularity at ACBL events. The bottom of the top bracket moves out of the event and new teams move into the top bracket with less chance of success. Eventually this event is down to a single session in some areas. If goal is getting more players in open event this may work but not sure it will increase attendance for the tournament.
Sept. 22, 2017
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The only days I played in Toronto 3 sessions a day was specifically the days I played 10, 3 and 7:30.

Typically either 10/3 or 1/7:30 will be main event you are playing that day. I am more inclined to add a side game 3rd session after completing main event of the day.
Sept. 18, 2017
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I answered would bid 3S with both hands.

Real question is what partnership should you play in when hand is over.

You should have raised to 3S, no you should have jumped to 3S.

or

Sorry I should have raised to 3, I could have jumped to 3 instead of bidding only 2.

I much prefer and play better in the 2nd.
Sept. 10, 2017
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Maybe 6 regionals going on in 2017 and only 5 in 2016 and 5 in 2015 may have contributed. Although Fargo was only 273 tables. Could also be the decline of knockouts where teams often played 3 sessions a day.

Playing at 9, 1 and 7:30 gives time for dinner.
Playing at 10, 3 and 7:30 does not.
Sept. 5, 2017
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I believe it does get corrected when they send out a final result for the series. Each event is crossed out as next one shows up. Will correct at the end but I believe there were a lot of comments. I actually am a tournament chair and would get questions months after tournament when results sent home did not match ACBL live. Since I believe each continuous pairs if a separate session event till combined at the end they still have this bug.
Aug. 31, 2017
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Ok let me understand this. For the Sunday final event I hopefully will be playing, It may be at 10 and 2(since my teams preference and hopefully majority left in event) so I can fly out late on Sunday night or if other teams win preference then I may need hotel Sunday evening and fly out on Monday.

I heard there is a great restaurant we are going to go to on Friday. I need a reservation at either 5PM or 9PM depending on what schedule I will find out I play on Friday.
Aug. 31, 2017
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Kit, Although I agree that the lack of alert may not give North anything he can deduce other than I better not try a 4 cuebid which they may have tried if partner alerted 3 and said game forcing.
Aug. 29, 2017
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I have worked many half days and attended a regional when games were 1 and 7. Never have worked in morning when gametime is 10. However I expect that very few local players will be playing NABC+ events. All regionals events at NABCs already have 2 schedules per day.
Aug. 29, 2017
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So instead of playing 1 and 7 when traveling to mountain area I would play at 11 and 5. So now I eat dinner at restaurant either between 3 and 5 or 9 at night. I expect anyone living in mountain time zone would not be happy with this schedule.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Maybe they abstained because if they were not planning to play in NABC events they already have choice to play either schedule and why should someone who is not going to play in the event vote on when someone else should play on the event.

I actually am tournament chair for Orlando Regional in January. We are changing to 10 and 2:30 schedule. We previously had been 1 and 7 but most of Florida has switched to 10 and 3. Most locals who drive back and forth prefer 10 and 3. I asked a lot who stayed at hotel and actually had approx. 50% wanted 10 and 3, 25% wanted to stay 1 and 7 and the remaining 25% did not care.

However most complaints we had at welcome desk was that we were running 1 and 7. We will see how this affects attendance/room block this year.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Tracy. I have seen this argument and assume that you are either East cost prefer 1 and 7 or West Coast and prefer 10 and 3 but if you were i.e West Coast and prefer 1 and 3 would want east coast to play at 4 and 10 so you would not have to change your body clock.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Just played 3 days in a sectional. All of the 4 single session pair games paid more to win then the 2 session swiss. I always thought the 2 session swiss should have paid more in comparison to team game. However I started looking at points per player per event.

For the weekend there were 166 Tables paying 673.26 master points.
4.055 per table.
Team game 40 tables 178.12 points 4.445 per table.
Pair games(all) 126 Tables 495.14 points 3.92 points per table.

Although one would think winning the 2 session swiss should pay more than winning a 1 session pairs game the event itself gives out more points per table entered.

So even though all the pair games were around 30 tables and the team event was 20 tables the team event paid out more points per table.
July 17, 2017
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