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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 19, 2015
Last Seen
5 hours 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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The new normal
1) Sure, it might be a marginal overcall vulnerable at IMPs; but, you can’t routinely give up in contesting for the part score for fear of going for a number at IMPs. Those 6 IMP part-score swings build up quickly. As implied above this is probably the best and ...
Second Round Finesse of Ace or Jack
40+ years ago in college I bought and read a bridge book that had a similar problem on the front cover (KQ109 in dummy, I seem to remember). Obviously low to the King wins the first round. Luckily for me the exact situation came up a few weeks after I ...
No <50% boards
Finn, this reminds me of a local club game about a decade ago where I actually DECLARED 16 out of the 26 boards. I think partner declared 4 and we defended on the remaining 6. Seem to remember it resulted in a 73% game I have never come close to ...
Maximal Double or not?
This gives me an opportunity to get feedback from readers whether the following doubles are better used as Maximal doubles or as penalty. How does vulnerability and IMPs/Matchpoints affect the decision? I always clarify with partner ahead of time whether a Maximal double requires RHO to be raising LHO ...
Defining Splinters and Exclusion Blackwood
Your agreement would then clearly classify the following auction as a splinter (as Kit has advocated for in a previous posting) 2 - 2 2 - 3 5 I’ve seen expert pairs disagree over the above auction with a disaster occurring.
Marshall Miles
Marshall was my regular bridge partner for a number of years. We had some great successes and needless to say some unusual setbacks. I can definitely confirm that he was just about the nicest guy around. Most people might remember that he was particularly fond of overcalling mediocre 4-card spade ...
BBO: Info Query
I have a few BBO questions: 1) Is there a way to send a chat message to multiple players rather than having to click on each person individually and copy/paste the msg? 2) If I sign in INVISIBLE I can’t seem to find a way in account settings ...
Director Adjusted Contract in ACBL BBO Pairs Tournament
In a recent ACBL Pairs matchpoint event on BBO the Director did NOT adjust this result: Director said they’d look at it and that they have an Ethics Department. 10763 2 AQ863 873 ———— AKQ KQ J10754 KQ6 ———— 2NT P 3C P 3D P P P Amazingly we still got ...
"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 ...
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