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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
32 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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F Stewart Critique of Gambling 3N
I guess I'm not qualified to answer this poll, because I'm in the minority as I play gambling with an outside A or K. Yes, this is a full opener, but a) partner knows my hand well enough to decide if we should be higher and b) opponents ...
The ACBL: a Byword for Incompetence?
There isn't a tournament chair to handle issues like this?
The ACBL: a Byword for Incompetence?
I don't think you were out of line at all. In any other industry, if you don't get what you were promised, they make it right or give you a refund. Even if the ACBL doesn't run the food portion of the show, they are the star ...
The ACBL: a Byword for Incompetence?
Really? You're mocking someone who paid for a session that included lunch for being upset not getting it? He's not calling for the hanging of the volunteers. He's asking for what he paid for so he can eat and maybe enjoy the next session without feeling like ...
commentating on other table
I wouldn't want the commentator to say something like the slam was bid and made at the other table, if my table hasn't finished bidding, as it makes the board I'm watching largely irrelevant, should they not get to slam. But if there is something that happened ...
Handicap scores to increase open game players attendance.
I have a local club owner that does it in an outlandish way. He gives so much handicap to the novices that it creates two games. There is no mathematical way for those without handicap to win the "handicap" event. But if it gets people out playing, it's fine ...
I did not say it was "stocked with ringers" but I do believe that members of this team had significant overseas experience that was likely not accounted for in their ranking. Perhaps I am wrong. If they accumulated all of their bridge experience while members of the ACBL, I whole-heartedly ...
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Kit, I don't disagree that this could be helpful for declarer, but it seems that it makes it safer for you to say "I don't remember what this means" and have your opponent go through this process rather than risk giving bad information.
The Next Step
Even if this WAS vigilantism, how could the recommendation to report suspect behavior, as opposed to , oh, hunting someone down and shooting them, be vigilantism AT IT'S WORST. Quite an overbid.
Thanks a lot Peg. Feel free to share it where you think it might be enjoyed.

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