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FWIW quite a few cheats that won World Series of poker championships didn’t have their titles removed after the fact but the banners of their faces have been taken down from the competition area. And those people stole a lot more than titles.

Everyone knows now which players were caught cheating.

Community shaming works much better than what any record books say.

Not sure if any consolation but when these guys die, most likely anyone who attends their funeral or thinks of them forever more, the first thing that will pop into their heads is a word beginning with ‘C’. (May vary between languages).
Oct. 16
James Vogl edited this comment Oct. 16
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if someone wants to cheat at my level, good luck to them. bizarrely probably better for me as will have to raise my game! But of course i don't like to see cheating anywhere. just meant that the people at the top don't care about the issue enough to play over ipads which would stop it forever in it's tracks. hamman seems to be the only one i have read that has a logical and practical approach: people will cheat, that's life, so instead of posting day and night on BW about it, take action to stop it via an ipad approach.
Oct. 10
James Vogl edited this comment Oct. 10
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Heard it thx. Thought it was awful.
Oct. 9
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Yeah, playing behind screens is amazing interaction. Besides, still would be in room with one opponent. Reads come 9x more from patterns than whether someone blinks. Anyway guess this isn’t the right forum for a iPad vs cards discussion. Let the cheating continue for all I care, I don’t play duplicates often.
Oct. 9
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Find the question of why the most interesting.
Still have sleepless nights about why Reece schapiro held the cards in such an unnatural way rather than picking an undetectable signal like level held cards at or way blow smoke etc.
Often toyed with the idea of writing a play about the whole saga, which I think would have a bigger audience than your book of technical understanding bridge players, but alas haven’t found the time yet. Perhaps some day.
Oct. 7
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Right. Was thinking of that in the bath today reading Kit editing the MSC. Players say too risky to bid and kit puts it “I see the risk as too big by passing”!
Oct. 7
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Good point.
Kit was meaning to ask you, was researching my book..,, Did you come up with pay now/pay later in the Bg sense or were other people using the term in bg before? Can you remember back to 1981?!
http://www.bkgm.com/articles/Woolsey/PayMeNowPayMeLater/
Oct. 7
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Thx, thinking fast/slow bored me to tears.
Stunned it’s such a bestseller but just ordered predictably irrationaly.
I am trying to write a book about how the mindset of games players can be useful for real life decision making. Am still stumped trying to find a title. Had considered “irrationally logical” so glad you mentioned predictably irrational as it’s too similar.
Oct. 7
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Thx again for all the hard work & sharing. 2 questions.
Why do you think they never “balanced their range” by going for a number occasionally (when up comfortably in a match or something” and made such blatantly u justifiable bidding decisions based upon shape, when simply knowing whether pard was good or bad for his bid, for example, would be enough to win everything anyway?
How many of the motley crew are still alive? Thx
Oct. 6
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Ah ok, sorry thought you wrote a footnote that said bridge writers make a pittance of a living or something like that hence the offer.
Oct. 6
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My feeling and this is just a theory!….
Is that people in life like to win, hence going for game bonus not feeling partscore is much of a victory, BUT, are content winning not being greedy and going for slam, even if better odds than game over partscore. It’s the middle class dream. Decent job, nice life why rock the boat.
Me, personally if I had to go for a marginal choice somewhere, would be slam not game because whatever form of bridge it gets the opponents chasing after. Say imps and you chalk up a marginal vuln slam that is unlikely to be bid in other room, now opponents likely to make subpar swings to make it back. Also guess I like the thrill of slam more than game but this is rare among bridge players who, and this is a monster generalisation tend to have fairly geeky, nitty personalities.
Oct. 6
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Avon thanks for posting. If you set up a Patreon site i would be delighted to make a small contribution for your hard work.

Justin, the design of bridge is flawed as much as the people. It is so simple to combat this thanks to technology.
“And no matter what, it will always be an unfair game”.. completely untrue… if the game moves to being played over ipad in separate rooms with timing delay randomisation, i don't see how anyone could cheat. all the beauty of the game remains… bidding theory, solving problems, etc except you don't get to touch cards, live with it. Oh, and uhhh “table feel” the exact thing everyone should want to get rid of. The unwillingness of such a large minority to support this way forward leaves me feeling little sympathy for the tournament community.
Oct. 5
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You know, that is quite a mean comment.
I posted in good faith, if you don’t like the post why not just skip over it?
Or was there some constructive value I am missing in what your are saying?
Oct. 5
James Vogl edited this comment Oct. 5
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Yeah didn’t mean the post to be about rubber just thought of it once saw the results.
On that line, slams are easier to play than games are too, no?
Oct. 5
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Not sure about known ground: part-scores are just as well known as games.
Oct. 5
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Used rubber as an example, but we play Chicago so 4 hands regardless. Meant this as a question applying to any form of the game though.
Oct. 5
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Grrr content hasn’t been displayed.
Moderator please delete this post and I will repost. Thx
Oct. 4
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Some people can be on permanent tilt, but the vast majority of tilt happens on a single session, I don’t know why it’s like that but it is.
Oct. 4
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What lesson would you have taken if played badly and won 11 pots in a row?
Oct. 3
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There is no right or wrong it is borderline!
Very very interested though to know why when I posed the same question yesterday but game vs slam you said you were mean and would take sure game, yet here you are pushing for risky game instead of banking partscore…. what is your thought process please?
Oct. 3
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