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Jeff Bayone's club policy has likely netted the ACBL thousands of dollars.
April 29
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Let's do means testing for all entry fees (and rooms rates) regardless of age.
April 28
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@Mike Kopera, your comment is spot on, I wonder why it is that no one replied.
April 28
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flame would like to be able to drop into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
April 28
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I'm not sure what double is (from either side). I think if both sides are making, responder will find another call. If only one side is making, it doesn't much matter. The big thing is we don't want to turn a plus on defense into a minus in 3.
April 14
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Sorry: 1NT = 15-17
April 13
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Richard, District 25 used to get “free” convention space ar hotels based upon a room block guarantee. 15 years ago or so they didn't fulfill their room block and were hit with a $5000 space fee (per contract). I don't know how the contracts are written now.
April 13
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I think @SteveMcgrahan is onto something! Platinum Rush Regionals. But, I say put the upper masterpoint limit at 7500 or 5000. Would they be popular?
April 10
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Would bridge clubs survive if their games were not ACBL sanctioned and did not qualify for masterpoints awards? I'm not saying there aren't other things for ACBL to do or that they do not overcharge for masterpoints at clubs. But, I imagine clubs would mostly go out of existence if not for masterpoints.
April 10
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XYZ
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I have been wondering about XYZ both after 1x-1y-1M and 1x-1y-1N and wonder if opener's approach to 1m-1y-1M (whether it shows 4M5m or could be 4M333 and whether opener might bypass a 4cM to rebid 1N) matters much deciding whether XYZ is appropriate in either situation.
April 9
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South passed four times and north passed once, but there are only three passes to rate.

Do you have agreements about 2D, 3D, and pass then diamonds over the double?
April 8
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Ken, because the “dumbing down” extends up the ladder to the highest levels. See the resistance to new or unfamiliar methods in the US vs the rest of the world.
April 8
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I expect approximately 50% of ACBL members hold fewer masterpoints than the median holding; I expect more than 50% hold fewer than the mean holding.
April 8
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Ray, back in Junior High School the chess club kept track of Elo ratings even though our games were not sanctioned by the US Chess Federation (or whatever it is called). The folks that play party bridge at Town Hall every Tuesday afternoon keep some short-term records (but, most of the participants likely have no idea what the ACBL is.)

Yes, back in the day when I actually played golf, my friends and I kept track of our scores and figured out what our handicaps were. Even used them for friendly competitions. But, I don't believe the USGA ever kept track and can assure you that we did not play by USGA rules.
April 8
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Phil, the difference being that when you ski you aren't timed or judged and the skiing isn't sanctioned by a skiing governing body and subject to their rules. When I golf with my buddies, when I ski, when I play bridge at the kitchen table, when I play Scrabble with my daughter, none of those are a sanctioned tournament setting subject to officiating and official rating/ranking.
April 8
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Jeff, I think you've missed the real “why”: Gold Rush events were created to increase tournament attendance.
April 8
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When talking about Gold Rush events, we're not talking about a social duplicate game (whether ACBL sanctioned or not), we're talking about a tournament that people travel to play in. It's not billed as a social event, it's billed as a gold point give-away.
April 8
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I think that certain players playing in Gold Rush make others in the event uncomfortable (or just don't like it because they are considered ringers). I think there ought to be some disqualification (aside from masterpoints) to keep a “level playing field” of sorts. I think that is one of the intentions of the events (beyond the cynical view that the only intention is to attract as many entry fee paying players as possible).
April 7
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It's been a while since I played golf, but when I last paid to play, there was no “sanction” included, I didn't get rated or rewarded by a golf regulating authority. The fee was merely to get onto the course.
April 7
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Sorry, when I first read this OP, I was thinking of Gold Rush as a separate regional, not as having taken the place of flighted events at regular regionals.

BTW, I have seven Red Ribbon qualifications, so I played in Flight B events after having won Flight B events. And, plan to play in a Flight B (GNT) event next weekend. Even if I think it would be OK to disqualify winners of certain events from playing in Gold Rush events, I will still “play down” from time to time when it is allowed and there is a prize.
April 7
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