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@Phil—be careful interpreting COC…they can be tricky :)
April 29
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Huh? Are some folks opinion more important than others? Should we discount “lookers on” opinions for some reason? I thought it was one person one vote? Why can’t we get rid of the elitism and just be bridge players interested in the growth of the game?
April 26
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As a BOG member, who knows that the BRP is a three day event, I don't think the integrity of the decision making process is at all impugned if one member of that body confuses the duration of the BRP event with another event.

And what does the WBF have to do with the ACBL? As I understand it, the ACBL does many, MANY things differently (including deciding who gets banned for life). Why now suggest that we utilize their standards to run our tournaments? We have rules and standards of play. Before wholesale adopting their means of entries to an event….let's keep ours intact. Adopting WBF entry standards for at most 24 folks does seen to draw into question the integrity of the decision making process, to me.
April 21
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@Max, then how bout you suggesting to the powers that be that the Soloway KO be abandoned so that we can keep the BRP unadulterated and help establish it as the premier event that it was intended to be in the Fall schedule? No harm, no foul. It is unconscionable that the very powers that strongly advocated for its addition to the schedule, now are concerned that the BRP would be less prestigious because of their entry into a different event, thus, now – for the good of the game – they should get two bites at two apples.
April 21
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Me too! Much more likely to bid 3 after 1 than now.
April 20
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April 19
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@MIike, the sarcasm suit, suits you well….and funny as hell too! Not to mention, probably on point as far as predicting the increase in BRP attendees.
April 19
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@Oren, you are right; there were winners and losers. And, as you acknowledge, the winners were the pros and sponsors. One might think they would be happy getting the other 170,,000 members to bastardize the remaining events so that pros/sponsors could have their third 7 day team event….and one that makes the fall NABC that allows for 10 days of NABC+ team play! But no….not even before the event gets off the ground some are seeking to add more stuff to the pro/sponsor plate. Let's not kid ourselves, the drop ins are for the pros and sponsors. I understand that pay day rules, but that doesn't mean they should not be subject to the same rules – known before hand.
April 19
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The Blues was a good event, whether Meckwell won it or not…..or as those here say….the Blues was a Mickey Mouse event, since the qualifications to enter the event have been so watered down. Regardless, folks see the schedule…and they can decide which events they want to enter. I, for one, hope that drop ins are not allowed. Why should they be? Those who have made it to the final day should not be replaced by someone who did not have to qualify for the finals. We give the sponsors and the clients enough of an advantage, no need to further promulgate it.
April 17
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30 years ago, I spent my honeymoon in Paris….what better place? The city of light and love. I remember walking through Notre Dame and being struck by its magnificence…its enormity…and its significance. 30 years later, I am reminded that I have lost 2 loves.
April 15
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I think that someone, even the ACBL, should publish a guideline as to what some actions mean when there is a pause in bidding…or a quick bid. Please tell me what such pauses or quick bidding are suppose to mean. I am not being facetious here.; I am serious!

I come from the on-line world….where a delay in bidding is as likely to mean that the oven buzzer has gone off (and the muffins are ready) or the UPS driver has come to the door…or that I have had an interruptions in service (much less likely in the past few years, but surely likely when I am on a plane or in a hotel room – both more likely in recent years) as it is to mean that I am having a problem determining the correct bid. Folks should clearly recognize that many more folks will be coming from the on-line world to live bridge as time progresses….and they should not be held to a standard that they know nothing about! I understand, but do not necessarily agree that a hesitation means that my p should not bid on….but please – that is so easy to manipulate. Cannot the F2F world come up with some guidelines so that I might understand and while not necessarily agree, at least comply?
April 15
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I always think it is amusing how some folks decide how to spend other folks money. Whether other folks deserve the money or not, it is always fun to watch folks spend money that is not their own.
April 15
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@Chris, if the clubs with teaching programs will always have new players, why are they continually whining that they need more $$$ from the ACBL? Why the bickering about it not being fair that the units gets 11%. What do you think is the appropriate division/kickback?

And yes, some players start off at sectionals – straight from BBO. While I am not sure what clubs are looking for, I am sure that they do not want to share their piece of the pie with BBO.
April 15
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I have a chance to describe my hand to p early and in one bid. Passing now is just going to make it more likely that I will have a BIT on my next bid.
April 14
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@Richard, I read David's post as dripping with sarcasm. In the context of his prior posts, I don't think he believes that the for-profit making bridge clubs are what is making the ACBL or bridge great again.
April 14
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@Richard…I understand that there are no room block requirements in Vegas. In any event, most of the rooms are sold out…..until the cancellation period kicks in, when there are bound to be several rooms available.
April 13
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@Jeff, you are not suggesting that those that closed were bridge teaching centers, are you? Or were they 5-6 table weekly games, that would not have made it had the 11% been thrown their way?
April 12
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Nature abhors a vacuum. When some drop out because not enough money to be made, their spot(s) will quickly be filled….and the beat goes on.
April 12
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@Waltraud, of course I felt compelled to utilize google translate for “platzhirschgehabe”. While it may not translate exactly, I sensed that I understood what you meant when google replied: “top dog posturing”

Recently, there was a women's club game introduced in my area; it runs sporadically (maybe quarterly). While I have never participated in a women's event at the Nationals, I find great joy participating in the event in my area. There is a camaraderie that isn't found in a regular club game; there is a pre-arranged time together (which participants are free to skip) after the game for socializing (at a local restaurant). While the bridge is still paramount, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. And for me, who does not socialize very much, it has provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of the women as women rather than just as bridge players.
April 11
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@Mike, I didn't like the proposed amendment, because it did not seem fair to me. It seems that you want to encourage more participation by those with less than 1500 MP. That seems fair enough to me; but not at the expense of those under 2500 who also fit in the flight. To encourage more in the under 1500 MP to participate, you might propose having an additional flight; one which would encourage those less than 1500 MP to enter. However, to disadvantage a team with one person over 1500 (and all those on the team less than 2500) does not comport with my idea of fairness.

If you would propose adding an additional team for those under 1500 MP, I doubt you would find any opposition. Since there are more than 60% of folks in ACBL under 500 MP, deciding that the flights should be adjusted is not that big a leap. Other than the folks who might be deciding on the flight designation would most likely be over 1500 and less than 2500.
April 1
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