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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Basic Information

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

Retired software engineer - Electronic Warfare (F-18 Super-Hornet) 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 300hp


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 (Note: 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 Bridge World MSC Contest (out of 6 attempts) and on their expert panel for 2.5 years, ACBL 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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"Hottest" Debates Among Bridge Experts Today?
You'd get detailed comments for all the auctions if you opened multiple articles for these topics. Lumping them all together will create a confusing mess of responses. Maybe you could delete this article and open several immediately. Additionally, possibly put more accurate details in the title to allow easier ...
Vintage Bridge Tallies
I see those large collections of bridge tallies being offered for basically peanuts, but I also see some unique ones that sold for $10 up to $300 each! Thus, the issue is figuring out whether I have rare items... or is everything just personal taste and willingness to spend a ...
The Impossible Transfer
I play it 2 different ways with partners: #1) stiff or void in their suit and game-forcing #2) Invitational hand with 5 of my Major (so we don't get to 2NT or the 3-level) Note: I only play option #2 over partner's 2NT overcalls
1NT - 3M
You need to know the longer minor on occasion. Thus, with some partners I play: 4 of the short major asks for the longer minor e.g. AJx xxxx AJx KQx 1NT - 3 (shortness) 4 Obviously you can use 4NT instead like Mike states above.
What is this double?
I had a short discussion about this sequence (admittedly after a strong 1NT) with a world champion with decades of experience. He stated that his preferred methods were: X is Penalty if balancing action was 2 or 2 X is Takeout if balancing action was 2 or ...
“Never preempt over a preempt”...what’s the intuition? (If you agree)
In general you don't preempt over an opponent's preempt; but, I remember an "exception" in the USBF team qualifying when Kit picked up KQJxxxxxxx Jxx. -- -- after RHO opened 3D he overcalled 4S
Entering leads on Bridgemates
My Santa Barbara Bridge Center has turned it on and I believe that most people like it (and it only takes about 10-15 seconds longer on average per hand). I think it definitely eliminates some scoring errors which makes the director's job easier since ACBL Score doesn't catch ...
Bridge Software?
Thank you !! This works great as a double-dummy analyzer of hands for my IMAC desktop!!
Bridge Software?
I noticed that this app does NOT provide a double-dummy playing option..... Does anyone know a site for MAC that provides a FREE double dummy analyzer??
Símun Lassaberg's bidding problem: 73 T9432 9 AQ954
I generally agree.....that's why I've only played it in partnerships which had explicit notes (with the treatment being highlighted!!) that were constantly reviewed by both partners prior to playing.
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