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Banned for life. Don't care who they cheated against. They cheated.
Sept. 25, 2015
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The four folks (so far) who voted score stands–I'd love to hear your reasoning? To me, this is a clearcut case of egregious use of UI–if this had happened in a tournament I'd hope the person would get a procedural penalty/punishment on top of it.
Sept. 23, 2015
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No, in the real world the hand was ice-cold for 7 on any lead. :)
Sept. 23, 2015
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The schedule at the last NYC regional (10 and 230, I believe) was great, if you live in Manhattan.

I'm a Long Islander, and I was going to play at the tournament…until I realized I'd be fighting rush hour standing room only on the LIRR/subway in BOTH DIRECTIONS.
To hell with that. Tournament organizers need to THINK before they plan these things…I know that a LOT of people I spoke to on LI had the exact same reaction to the schedule I did.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Yea, MP Pairs. Sorry about that.
Sept. 12, 2015
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Absolute confidentiality for those accused? Sounds like a way to keep dirty little secrets from ever finding the light of day.

We don't do that when people are accused of murder.
Cheating is the “Murder 1”, so to speak, of the bridge world.
If there is enough evidence to bring someone to a “trial”, to use Chris' language, then the events should be public knowledge.
Sept. 3, 2015
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SCREW the cheaters. You get caught cheating, it should be goodbye, good riddance, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, and don't EVER come back.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Sorry, missed it, and thought it was new.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Either he's crazy, or figures he has nothing to lose.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Ed, at the clubs I've played at it's more like “we don't give procedural penalties unless we have NO OTHER CHOICE, because it annoys the players”. And it's reality in all too many places, because too many clubs are just getting by as it is and can't afford to alienate customers.

Not saying it's right, but it is reality in too many clubs, unfortunately.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Proper ethics at the table? In club games? What a concept!

*Sarcasm off*

Seriously, though, Mel is 100 percent right…but there are SO many other things, also, that need to be cleaned up at the club level.

I happen to patronize the same club Mel does on Long Island. I would need a book to tell you all the AE violations I see there in a month. Unless it is clearcut, dried, and extremely clear, calling the director for these sorts of things is a lost cause, even when you KNOW someone is point-blank cheating. It's a small club, and like so many others the owner is barely making it…and the vast majority of the people there are going to act like you've accused them of being pedophiles when you call the director for this sort of thing. The director isn't going to risk losing a customer unless she absolutely has no choice.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Perfectly and absolutely correct.
Aug. 31, 2015
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Nat, I think this is one of the rare times we're going to agree on something…but still, Boye could have averted some of these reactions if he'd released some solid evidence with his announcement.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Salute to these guys' actions in offering to vacate titles…but I'm wondering what the rationale is for holding the evidence back at this point.
Aug. 25, 2015
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The ACBL is in the business of making money, unfortunately. They could give less of a shit what happens at local clubs…

As an example, we have a player at the club I frequent here on Long Island who:

(1) Called a former owner of said club a “fucking faggot”
(2) Told another player they should have gotten breast cancer in both breasts.

Nothing happened to them. ACBL could not have cared less. What happens at the local club, stays at the local club. And that's a disgrace.
Aug. 24, 2015
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They couldn't ban hearing aids–it would be an Americans with Disabilities Act violation.
Aug. 20, 2015
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No way could they ban hearing aids. ADA violation.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Just saw it. And there would be NO WAY to detect something like that being used for cheating–because it would be a violation of Federal law to stop people from using them…and you're not going to check every hearing aid before a tournament, even if the law allowed that, which I don't know if it does.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Here's a thought to keep the paranoid, and not so paranoid, up nights…especially considering the ACBL's average age of it's members, many people use hearing aids of some type or another. I'd wager it would be awfully easy to have a device that looked like a hearing aid but was actually transmitting someone information.
Aug. 19, 2015
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What club? Here on the Island a few have heard about it, but most of the masses haven't
Aug. 19, 2015
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