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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Member Since
Sept. 19, 2015
Last Seen
36 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired software engineer - Electronic Warfare (F-18 Superhornet) with Raytheon / Hughes Aircraft Companies

Texas Hold-em and Pot limit Omaha player

Long-time owner of 1994 Mazda twin-turbo RX-7 modified to almost 400hp


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Partner and I played 3 quarters directly against Meckstroth/Rodwell in the Vanderbilt KOs. We got the best of them in 2 of the 3 quarters at our table and we knocked them out of the event!
Bridge Accomplishments
5th overall in NABC Blue Ribbon Pairs, multiple 9-16 overalls in Vanderbilt / Spingold events, 1st overall in 0-5,000 and 0-10,000 NABC pairs (played each event ONLY once), 4th overall in NABC Fast Pairs, 4th overall in NABC North American Swiss, 1st (twice) and 2nd (twice) in the annual BridgeWorld MSC Contest (out of 6 attempts), National Appeals Committee co-team leader for 15 years.
Regular Bridge Partners
John Jones, Michael Schreiber, Jeff Miller, Carreen Hinds, the late Marshall Miles, Rick Panter, Will Beall, Jack Yeasley
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Santa Barbara, CA
Favorite Conventions
Kaplan Inversion with Flannery 2D
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: 98654 8762 KT 65
I see that it basically was a split decision whether to Puppet (and risk missing a 5-3 fit) or transfer to and risk missing a fit. For those interested in the actual result on the hand: (obviously 1 hand doesn’t really mean much) …..…98654 ..……8762 ..……K10 ...
Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: 98654 8762 KT 65
That issue was already addressed by the initial 5 comments to this Post ...see above.
Winston Chang's bidding problem: AK9852 --- J943 A43
It would be nice to know whether the partnership plays support doubles or not.
Henry Sun's bidding problem: AQT6 --- KQJ74 AKJ9
The 3 bidders aren't ignoring s. After bidding 3 I can then jump to 6 showing my exact hand.
Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: 98654 8762 KT 65
"Unplayable" is an overbid... One is often stuck with simple mainstream methods playing with partners whom you play with infrequently and/or who don't want a lot of complexity. Obviously Puppet does much better handling some hands than regular Stayman does (and vice versa). Regular Stayman in combination with ...
Trevor Morris's bidding problem: AQJxx Ax x AKQT9
I wouldn't consider you poorly placed in that auction. You'd rebid 4 and then partner without a clear-cut major suit continuation would make a temporizing / groping 4 call (over which you'd bid 4). In fact it would show your hand fairly well. I'm ...
Richard Granville's bidding problem: A3 AJ3 T64 AJ852
Richard: Given your history of reading The Bridge World’s (BW) MSC I’m very surprised that you play 11-14 in this auction. 1) You can’t double a 1 bid and then rebid a cheap NT with only 15-16. That’s why Mike Lawrence’s books strongly recommend ...
Henry Sun's bidding problem: AQT6 --- KQJ74 AKJ9
I play with most partners that 3 or 3 show shortness in this auction. Makes bidding these hands much easier! 4 and 4 would be 5=6. Obviously you need a partnership agreement whether 3 is forcing or not.
Símun Lassaberg's bidding problem: 73 T9432 9 AQ954
With some partners I play: 3 = 5+ 3 = 5+ X = negative makes a lot of sense...
Paul Dalley's bidding problem: --- AKQ8 KQJ732 J43
I agree that if you play good/bad 2NT then 3 shows extras; but, by doubling 2 for penalties you show extras (especially at IMPs), and then bidding 3 on the next round shows the length. Note that the opponents will never pass out the double ...
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