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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
4 hours 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.

 

Country
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
marklbetya
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Mark/Lance/Cab
Sub-standard American
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Why did you stop playing bridge in clubs, if you did?
Yes, I had a user brutally curse me out via Email on BBO after an event (for something that was his fault, no less, which shouldn't matter). I reported him, was assured proper action was taken, yet within a couple of days saw him back playing. So it's ...
I'm Still Alive
You mean your partner ISN'T Son of Sam? It was much more exciting before.
Double Trouble -360 ATB
For what it's worth, I agree with you. Yes, you're a spade light. But with hearts covered and what you assume to be the majority of the points, I like your double. If nothing else, it will train partner not to make light, off-shape doubles, a pet peeve ...
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
If conformity means being considerate of other people, I have no problem with that. If they would rather not play bridge, they shouldn't enter events where there are more boards than they might want to play.
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
To each his own, I guess. I go to play, hopefully play well, and win. Playing two boards and winning would be very unsatisfying to me.
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
Gordon, so you'd have no problem if after your team paid their $100, they decided that the winner would be decided after 2 boards? Even if you won, I would think you would feel ripped off. Of course you have an expectation of a certain number of boards played ...
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
No, I'd rather foster the atmosphere where quitting wasn't an option, so I wouldn't be FORCING people to do anything. I don't want people to think they SHOULD quit in order to be courteous to a team blowing them out. Of course I would accept a ...
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
Sorry Oren, I very much disagree. - You probably like your teammates better than whatever random team you were playing, and wouldn't you rather play with people you like? If I wanted to spar for no points, I wouldn't have traveled to a tournament to pay entry fees. - You ...
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
If you quote "Airplane!" it's pretty much an automatic "thumbs up".
Do people hate round robins?
Probably. For people who play in the clubs vs. online there is a social aspect. They like to score a round up, discuss some swing boards and have some conversation. This is all minimized with a round-robin. You score up multiple rounds at a time, and there is more time ...
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