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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
June 30
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me


    • Designated TechnoGeek of ACBL Unit 218 (Northern Virginia). Where I come from, gcc is a compiler, not a convention chart.


    • I want to play against everyone. I prefer Stratified to StrataFlighted events. I wonder if I'm the only one who feels that way.
    • My least favorite event is whatever the Swiss is happening on the last day of a Sectional or Regional. If it's round robin, you're all but guaranteed to run into an opponent who is having a really bad day wishes they had gone home early. Good luck with that.


    • I'm 13-0 in team matches vs people who were booked when I asked about their if I ask you, please say yes.



    • I once had an opp compliment me on how nice I was about it when calling the director.


    • That being said, the first player memos I ever filed were on people who died within 2 years.




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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A long shaggy dog story when I was a NLM, involving a whiny opponent when Jeff Roman jumped into the argument and showed me how the clowns would eat me unless I played A/X exclusively. Six months later, I wound up winning the D6 GNT-C, and immediately thanked him for slapping some sense into me.
Bridge Accomplishments
2010 GNT-C QF
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Joe And Mike O
Walsh Style 2/1 GameForce
Copy to my cards View/Print
Cameras as “Security Theater”
Sharing screens with a screenmate will not work to prevent cheating in the slightest.
Delayed Viewing Possibility
I remember the early days of this on MMO's -- Specifically on WildStar. Nobody screams louder than a streamer on a PK server that has just told the internet where he is hunting mobs. How long does the delay need to be and how long is it now?
Cheating on BBO
@Steve Chen With physically present directors observing the players, it may be possible to stop a cheater. Without them it is not, and I do not say this "blindly". If you want, I can give you a step-by-step proof to show the tautological truth behind this statement. I don't ...
Cheating on BBO
There is one, kind of sorta. If you look at your history tab, there is a place on each hand to share hands with someone via a handviewer link, a hand editor, or to BBO. I would hope the ACBL gets to see suspicious results flagged this way.
Cheating on BBO
There was once a very big match vugraph'd on BBO. I noticed one of their participants' (the person I was rooting for) was logged into BBO at the same time the match was starting. I didn't really believe something was wrong, but I still found a Yellow Name ...
Cheating on BBO
Video monitoring will not work if the competitors are eachother's minders. My philosophy is: "Do not obviously try to prevent cheating. Try to prevent UNDETECTED cheating. Let every cheater think they've gotten away with it until you smack them with the evidence". If you prevent certain techniques from ...
Cheating on BBO
Zoom/Skype between screenmates is unworkable. I'd say why but I don't want to give any ideas. If I were so inclined, I could get around it and my screenmate would not be aware at all.
Cheating on BBO
There already is a way to report hands to BBO but I don't know what becomes of them. Check the same place you go to generate a hand-viewer link.
Cheating on BBO
I can think of some methods to collude that would be undetectable from anything a web-app could glean -- you'd need a proctor at the person's computer. So I'm of the mind ANY masterpoints won on the internet need to be classified as having been won online. At ...
Cheating on BBO
There is a mechanism built into BBO to report a hand to BBO. I think I've assumed this would get suspicious hands looked at by someone in the recorder hierarchy if it was during an ACBL sanctioned event. Is this a bad assumption?

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