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Yes I watch the Oscars when I can.

The fact that the winners have been determined days before does not make it any the less exciting for me.

But by far the very most exciting thing I've ever seen at the Oscars was a few years ago when La La Land got the Oscar for Best Picture !!! And it happened in real-time. Even now, I've got to say “Thank you Warren Beatty and thank you Faye Dunaway, you two made the day for me !!”
2 hours ago
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NYSE real-time stock quotes versus 30 minute delayed stock quotes.

Jackson : not a very good analogy I know, but had to duck an asteroid. Also It used to be that Real-time quotes were expensive and 30 minute delayed quotes were free.
4 hours ago
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Does it matter if the outcome is already determined ? Most say it does not…meaning most are Ok with a delay.
4 hours ago
Ralph F. Lind edited this comment 4 hours ago
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Yes. But uncertainty remains until completion of the hand. And it is “the uncertainty” which may or may not contain excitement.
6 hours ago
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“For me the fact that the match actually occurred thirty minutes earlier does not affect my view of commentating.” - Greg   

I chose to argue opposite on behalf of BBO owners and kibitzers. Go figure. So, we are not on the same page. 

Consider a pair of dice.  You hand one die to a kibitzer and the other to an owner.  They roll and each die comes up ‘1’.  They roll another 99 times with the same result from every roll.

Same as delayed bridge. A stale hand is loaded and played back. The result ? …always the same (predetermined).

But real-time bridge is probabilistic. The result is yet to be determined (exciting).

A consequence of watching “30 minute delayed bridge” is the likely result that …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oica5jG7FpU
9 hours ago
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Greg

When I kibitz real-time bridge, probability commentary is interesting and insightful as information and clues are revealed round-by-round. Occasionally, I would feed the commentator an idea via chat. 

Stale deals of delayed-bridge I consider predetermined.
July 5
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“What I am describing, a time-delay on BBO, is exactly the same as kibitzing is now, except on a small delay.” – Oren

Negatory !

In real-time, play of the hand has yet to conclude so commentary about chance is meaningful.

After a time-delay, play of the hand has concluded so commentary about chance is not meaningful.
July 5
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With a thousand kibitzers watching in real time, dozens are chatting with the commentators. Their two thousand eyes have a “multiplication effect” on the commentators' thoughts via chat. Automatic feedback loop.
July 5
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“The experience for the viewer will be the exact same as at a live table, except what you're seeing actually happened 30 minutes in the past.” …Oren

C'mon man !!

A stale bridge experience means kibitzers (like Kopera) can no longer chat their pithy comments up to commentators.

Expert commentary explains what's going on at the table and speculates on what's likely to happen as a hand plays out.

Color commentary is entertaining and its degradation means ..b.o.r.e.d.o.m…..
July 5
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Bridge “professionals”, kibitzers, and BBO owners. All have different interests in BBO.

Debbie's proposed action against live kibitzing of significant BBO events is against the interest of BBO ownership.

People stand around kibitzing Niagara Falls for hours watching water cascade over the top because it is “now” and “here and now” is exciting. But how many people do you see kibitzing water 5 miles downstream ? Few. And that's because the “here and now” 5 miles downstream is b.o.r.i.n.g…..

Banning “live kibitzing” on BBO is bound to reduce the number of eyeballs watching BBO screens because “kibitzing stale events” is b.o.r.i.n.g…..

The new BBO owners have been gracious enough to keep their site open and free. Special interest initiatives that threaten their asset should be avoided.
July 4
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“So direct 5 only rarely gets us into a no-play slam due to missing trump honors”

Odds of 8 to 1 against being in a no-play slam are not rare and therefore are not acceptable. QED
July 4
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So… that pesky “Q alone” gets you into no-play slams.

Consider the following response structure to 5M, where “help” means “help for a grand slam”.

New suit promises AKxx trump and shows “help”.

5NT promises AQxx trump with “help”, and responder shows where “help needed”.

6M says “I like my hand only for a small slam”.

Pass says “I lack both Ace and King of trump”.
July 3
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You are missing {A,K,Q,J,10,4,3} 's.

What is the probability partner holds the Q and not the A and not the K ?
July 3
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Change 5M to ask “Do you like your holding for slam?”.
July 3
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Subjective considerations led most everyone to get this problem wrong.

Steve Moese asked the right question “what were their spot card lead agreements?”. From KT875. Ken then said “4th best, top of a doubleton”. So, the 7 was either 4th best, doubleton, or singleton. Turned out West couldn't lead his singleton cause being 4252 he didn't have one. Go figure.
July 1
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Furthermore, ducking risks East winning and tabling big casino.
June 30
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I wound 'em up cause Nina Simone was singing Sinnerman somewhere in the background.
June 28
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I would not bid 3 because I don't want to hear 4.

I bid 4 because if partner can bid 4 I am comfortable with RKCB.
June 28
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Stopped most “reading” in 1965 after the Buenos Aires incident. Don't read at all when I'm not playing.
June 25
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