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43,182 members have less than 30 masterpoints. Not sure what question is trying to get to. I expect most players may play on line in team games as practice as opposed to playing in ACBL tournaments. I have about 135 online ACBL points. Played more online when work/family did not allow me to attend as many tournaments as I like. Last year 0 points on line but was in the top 500. Don't see anything wrong in ACBL exploring other avenues to promote bridge.
14 hours ago
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The problem I see if x is considered a compatible call and opener had AKJx Qxxx Axx xx I would expect a heart call since they know they have a heart fit but may not have a spade fit.
Jan. 15
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Jeff, I believe email numbers was number of college teams entered in the collegiate so far this year and the number of youth K-12 courses that ACBL subsidizes. Why would you think numbers aren't correct. Now if you have programs not requesting subsidies from ACBL then I would suggest you give them info to get the subsidy they are entitled to.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Stop making my partner frown.
Dec. 31, 2017
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1.) Not the creator but I would expect to give a reason for people to play more bridge.
2.) Expect non ACBL what you don't win money?? You win points.
3.) encourage people to play more bridge. Give in incentive to get better
Dec. 31, 2017
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I did look at tournament form Fargo and I can see. Seems like the factor for open pairs which was set to 3X the number of tables which was done to limit the award so when 15 tables in open and 100 tables in gold rush didn't want an award for 115 tables.

However on Saturday with 10.5 tables in open and only 4.5 in Gold Rush to give credit for 30 tables seems wrong.

Seems like in attempt to minimize award in some tournaments increased too much in others.

Hate to say it since may hurt attendance since some players vastly prefer one format versus another but seems like with small tournament need to minimize the number of different open options available.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Peg, I have not seen this bid of a disparity in Florida Regional tournaments but could see the case if team game is small enough. Maybe 1st, 2nd in pairs only grater than 2 session team game. I do see this to some extent in sectionals where 1 session pair games pay more than 2 session teams mostly since they get significantly more tables.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Although I am reading a lot above where the change in masterpoints have gravitated players away from knockouts I am not sure this is always true. In Florida many sectionals are now running bracketed swisses. Increases the payout in the top brackout significantly (although limited to 3 places). Many long time players are no longer coming to the sectional team games since they do not wish to play a bracketed event.

If we have 32 teams and ran an open and 200. usually something like 20-24 and 8-12 teams in each event. now when bracketed top 8 play together. Teams that are the 6-8th who would typically be above average and have shot for overall in a 20-24 table game now have a relatively small shot at making overall in bracketed.

I am typically on one of the stronger teams and have seen my masterpoints obtained in team games go up as the field get slightly weaker at teams 7 and 8 don't come anymore and when teams 9 and 10 move to top bracket they seem not to be happy either and then they don't come.

Similar to what has been happening at regionals. Those at the bottom of the top bracket started gravitating to pairs games and as a new bottom of the top bracket emerged they also moved out of knockouts.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Jeff, There are 16 teams in the top bracket. The top team has 200,000 points. The 16th team has 15,000. Are you saying both teams deserve the same award if they win the event. I believe the answer is no bu that will not work in the world of bridge. If the best teams win the event but get less points than the 2nd place team (since they were the 16th seed) would not work.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Why?? The bottom 25-30% in the pairs game will get no masterpoints when most if not all teams will get some masterpoints. If the bottom is different why should the top be the same.
Dec. 30, 2017
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What one may not be taking into account is although 1st place in a pairs game is playing more than the team game with the same amount of tables the team game averages more points per table since teams that win a match will get masterpoints. So typically the average points per player is higher in a team game than in a pair game although 1st place in the pairs will pay more than 1st in the teams.
Dec. 30, 2017
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The 21 year old poker players playing the big tournaments have been playing for many years prior. New a 19 year old who was playing serious on line several years back for at least 3 years. He played in one of our live games at larger stakes than you would expect a 19 year old to play.
Dec. 29, 2017
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Is that because at this point in time the only youth programs may be catering to that category. I know some very good poker players who don't know the math but do pretty well in a no limit game.
Dec. 29, 2017
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The real question if we eliminated master points and went to a rating system would one think that it would increase, decrease or not impact the amount of bridge being played. I for one would think it would decrease.
Dec. 29, 2017
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I think points per event or points per day is not a good recognition feature. We have a list at club website which is points per session played. I play on a Weds night most of the time. Strongest field at club. Sometimes C set at 2000 so we have 3 pairs in the c field. Typically first on Weds night is lower than my club average per session due to its size. I would still play since I still work but I expect there would be some who would choose not to play in small events(they already do) or small tournaments if we counted points per session or day.

In Florida some sectionals pay upwards of 17 for a single session pair games and as little as 5 or 6 depending on size of field.
Dec. 22, 2017
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Diamond will be ruffed. All others make 7.
Dec. 19, 2017
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So the poster wants to play in the open event and if he does not qualify than he can play a 0-10K the next day and the summer schedule has it right.

What about the players who want to play in the 0-10K events and if they do not qualify then shouldn't they have a 0-6000 event available.
Dec. 10, 2017
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Actually don't remember if it was honor or not. May have been before change for minor penalty card. Was several years ago.
Dec. 10, 2017
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When I cracked my elbow and was using a card holder one time when I went to make a lead two cards came out. I called director myself before putting my opponent in position to decide what to do. Director let me make lead I wanted and since I kept lead I was forced to play penalty card.
Dec. 5, 2017
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I would have played Double as penalty and double as takeout. I assumed the capital D in answer was how hard the double hit the table.
Dec. 2, 2017
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