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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

My academic background is as a mathematical economist, focusing on game theory and mechanism design. I have a Masters in Economics from Indiana University and dual Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT.


For the last 20 years I have pretty much lived at the intersection of TCP/IP networking and mathematical modeling. I spent my first 10 years out of school working for various networking companies. For the last 10 years I have split my time between the MathWorks where I was the manager for MATLAB's statistics system and Akamai Technologies. I currently work with the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.


I don't have many real achievements in the world of bridge, though I am fairly well know on BBO (and earlier on OKB). Bridgewise, I am probably most proud of my MOSCITO notes (which I really need to finish one of these days)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 2HX vulnerable in a 3-3 fit after psyching during a "Montreal Relay" sequence and getting an aggressive raise from partner.
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NABC Contracts
If I am on the road, and something were to happen with my airline tickets or hotel reservations, the absolute last thing that I would want is to have the ACBL as an intermediary between myself and the airlines. When I travel for business, I have a full service travel ...
NABC Contracts
I think that the world has changed substantially over the past 20 years. With the rise of various travel based web sites, I'm really not sure whether how valuable the ACBL is to large hotel chains. Moreover, when I hear repeated stories about ACBL members urinating in public ballrooms ...
NABC Contracts
> When the hotel comps a room, that comp likely > does not show up on their Revenue and Expenses accounting. In my world, there's no room comping > Are you suggesting that members should pay less for coffee > at the hotel and pay instead for the "free" evening snacks > and entertainment ...
NABC Contracts
FWIW, I have long thought that we'd be better off simply contracting for the space that we need for the tournament (ballrooms + parking) without any side deals wrt to filling room blocks or purchasing over priced coffee or the like. 1. I think that the side deals wrt filling ...
NABC Contracts
Thanks. That's a better (more consistent) way of framing things.
NABC Contracts
Ken, the definition that you are assigning to opportunity cost doesn't match the traditional definition that gets taught in Econ 101. An opportunity cost of an action the positive value that would have been produced by next best thing that you could have done with the money. For example ...
Does the ACBL need more Washrooms at NABCs OR should players be kicked out of tournaments with cause?
Jonathan, from what i can tell, the ACBL considers this sort of thing to be a feature rather than a bug. This sort of bullshiite dates at least back to Kaplan if not earlier. (Don't get me wrong, I have a whole lot of respect for Kaplan, but from ...
ACBL Membershp Follies
FWIW, this appears to be one of the (few) areas where Peg anf I actually seem to be in agreement. The mission of the ACBL is to promote the game of bridge, not to increase the number of ACBL members. Personally, I find it hard to justify the various attempts ...
ACBL Membershp Follies
I was simply commenting that tournament bridge is activity that requires lots of people. In turn, this may require that very active players subsidize participation. I admit that there was a double entendre, and puns and the like are truly some of the lowest forms of humor, however, I really ...
ACBL Membershp Follies
> Please explain why I should subsidize people who > don't want to join or no longer want to be members. Because there are better things to do with your time than playing with yourself?

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