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Robert Lass
Robert Lass
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 31, 2011
Last Seen
Aug. 15
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Can you identify my Avatar?  I'm the best bridge player in Chicago for about three hands a month.  The rest of the time, I just swim along with the other fish.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
As a punk kid after hours at the Wild Whist BC (in LA), going for $200 in a $5 an IMP money game in which the only non-World Champion was me!
Bridge Accomplishments
see above... I should have gone for $500.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Chicago Bridge Center
Favorite Tournaments
Any National that I can drive to without ending up in a ditch.
Favorite Conventions
Flannery, negative free bids
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
ACBL Membershp Follies
Ed, to the contrary, there is no one currently working for the ACBL that has anything like the skill to develop a marketing/sales plan for the future. And if there were, you could bet that they would be squelched into oblivion by the BoD.
ACBL Membershp Follies
Steve, the income flows into the ACBL are only limited by their imaginations and business acumen. They are also ossified by their self-interest.
ACBL Membershp Follies
Mike, you are looking at this upside down! The fewer people that attend, the fewer masterpoints are awarded in total. The more people who attend, the higher the masterpoint awards. So, far from you subsidizing THEM, they are subsidizing YOU. The total cost per masterpoint for you would be LESS ...
ACBL Membershp Follies
Perhaps, Ray, I am privy to some information that you are not. Do you not suspect that some official from the ACBL has ever approached Mr. Gates to participate at a higher level than member?
ACBL Membershp Follies
One that hasn't been sold yet. The ACBL seems to value them quite highly, since they don't seem willing to provide no incremental cost access to their online bulletin in an effort to gain lower cost (compared to traditional recruitment methods) new members.
ACBL Membershp Follies
How much does it cost the ACBL for someone to read their Bulletin online? That's the thing about online publishing. The incremental cost per viewer/reader is zero. So if 50,000 non-members read the Bulletin online and 2 of them became members, the cost to acquire those new ...
ACBL Membershp Follies
I wonder how much an unused ACBL Membership is worth? About the same as an empty airplane seat on a plane that is already in the air. Airlines have developed sophisticated sales and marketing techniques to ensure that their flight are full. The ACBL and their valuable memberships? Not so ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
Best of luck to all the teams.
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Liked for the use of "Nel blu dipinto di blu" and "verisimilitude" in the same post! I am humbled.
Flannery Disclosure
I have been playing a version of Flannery for many years, which shows exactly 4 spades, 5-6 hearts and 10-15 HCP. When the bidding goers 1H-1S, we announce that this shows 5+ spades. In addition, we often bypass 4 card majors over certain minor suit openings. We do not alert ...

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