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How does the table dealing machine work? Is it speedy? If we play a board and pass it out, will the next one be ready?
July 17, 2015
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Grosvenored!
July 17, 2015
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Could someone describe the bridge+gizmos in more detail? How did they work? Did you like them? What was the scoring like, the speed, etc. The website provides very little in terms of complete details. http://www.bridgecompany.com/

A few videos can be founs at:

https://vimeo.com/user39901091
July 14, 2015
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I have been playing the Larry Cohen version of Jacoby 2NT for several years and think its great. It seems his website has gone through a bit of an update but you can currently find the advanced Jacoby 2NT article at:

https://www.larryco.com/learning-center/detail/45
May 6, 2015
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If the hook is off and I finesse into the now stiff K, I am still getting an average. If LHO was daydreaming and the gratuitous comments meant something different then I thought and RHO has the guarded king, I will get a cold bottom when I fail to hook. I would take the “safe” finesse unless needing a swing. I am not avoiding the hook to be “nice”.
May 6, 2015
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The average may be 2.5 per week but I'm guessing its far more when you remove approximately 6 weekends for the NABCs, one weekend for mother's day, perhaps another weekend for Christmas or another major holiday. Then figure in that in many areas of the US, regionals are scheduled in months where a bad turn out due to weather is minimized.

No regionals in District 14 (N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa) from November to May. Instead we have a Regional in Minneapolis late May, one in Des Moines over July 4th, Omaha mid-July, and the Chicago NABC the first week of August. Will people from Minneapolis drive down to Omaha or wait a weak and play in Chicago? Will people from Des Moines come play in Omaha a few weeks after their own regional? Will people in Omaha go to Minneapolis for a 1000 table regional the same week they could go to Denver for a 2000 table regional?

I want to play in large fields and large brackets. Except for a handful of super regionals, the NABCs seem like the last refuge for this.
April 28, 2015
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I think there are too many regionals. It feels like there are 5 regionals every weekend somewhere. My non-scientific review shows most regionals at a thousand tables. At that level it is questionable whether Unit's and Districts can even break even on a regional, let alone be profitable. Add to that volunteer availability / fatigue, and I think its a recipe for disaster.

This month the San Diego regional had 1900 tables. Toronto had 1400 tables. Fort Lauderdale had 1200. Mesa a senior only tourney had 1900. Victoria had 1100. Gatlinburg had 8700. OK, let's keep Gatlinburg. If San Diego with 10 million people within an hour drive only has 1900 tables, how can we expect Fargo, ND to host a regional successfully?
April 27, 2015
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For those interested, Billy Miller suggests a similar structure in his “Coolest Gizmos and Gadgets” article in April 2010, page 58. You can click the following link if logged into your ACBL account.

https://web3.acbl.org/bulletin-viewer/?control=feature&yyyymm=201004&featureID=46&pageNum=1

I am interested in how people follow up if the 1NT bidder passes and LHO raises to 3.
April 24, 2015
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I used to pass with these hands but it seems that the style of doubling now instead of balancing back in later, is somewhat safer. It seems to me that the double showing two or fewer in the opponents suit style has left the building.
April 24, 2015
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I think I'm closer to 6 than pass. Give partner x, Axx, Jxxxx, KQxx and I think 6 looks decent. Even xx, Ax, Jxxxx, KQxx might make if the K is in the box and both of these hypotheticals are not even an opener for me playing 2/1.
April 24, 2015
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Partner can have more spades then clubs but is very unlikely to have more clubs than spades. For this reason I'd bid 3S instead of pass.
April 23, 2015
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The doubler decided to pass 4 but he blamed partner for not doing more. I think it was simply his regret at not bidding on talking. Doubler held A, AKJxx, K, AKxxxx. My teammates found the making 7 for win 17.
April 20, 2015
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Partner held x, AQ10xxxx, Kx, KQx and decided to sit it out for down two, -600. 3 would have been whacked for -300.
April 20, 2015
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You were not playing equal level conversion.
April 14, 2015
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Would it change anyones vote if you thought the person at your seat at the other table would likely open this hand a precision 1?
April 14, 2015
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At the table partner passed the redouble around to me instead of bidding 2 and holding a 3343 15 count I bid 2. Luckily the redoubler bid 2, so opener didn't get a chance to wack me in a diamond contract.
April 13, 2015
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At the table there was a long break in tempo by North. His partner lead the 10. This was in the flight B Grand National Teams qualifying finals. My partner chose not to call the director. The spade lead beats 3NT two tricks. Any other lead beats it one trick. The result was a push but I wondered if enough of South's peers would find a different lead without the BIT that another lead would be a logical alternative.
April 13, 2015
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Thanks. Early morning.
April 13, 2015
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I have heard that it is well located as a stopping off point for snowbirds traveling back from the South to the North after the winter season is over.
April 10, 2015
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I agree that it would be nice to have a place for partner, team, and opponent requests other than an “article”. Some help on this front BBO powers?
April 7, 2015
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