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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
6 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.


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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Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Wouldn't players who regularly raise on tree have a way to find that out?
The 2!c strong opening is annoying
I didn't know there was such a thing as a bad 21 that you would need to upgrade this. Yes, lots of A and K, but AK tight, and no intermediaries. Meh.
The 2!c strong opening is annoying
Am I the only one wondering why the second hand didn't open 2NT rather than 2?
The Evils of E-W and Sitouts
I think it ridiculous that someone can demand they don't get a sitout or they will go home. Half the time, everyone should have a sitout. It is nobody's preference, but that demand basically says "I'm more important than the rest of the people here", to which ...
I'm Sorry
"but it turns out some with lesser bridge skills may be excellent doctors, bakers, parents, well, you get the idea." Very true, and I admittedly have a problem with this. I often see bridge players who are so much worse than I expect them to be having played as long ...
To Split Or Not To Split
Kit, I play something similar and I'm never comfortable with the disclosure of the 3 call. Yes, it's to play, but does it promise any 6+ and no desire for game (0 to 11? I assume it's alerted, but what exactly do you say? Is ...
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
You are showing your immaturity. I'm done with you.
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
Sounds nitpicky. She's clarifying why she is declining this unsolicited critique. Clearly not worthy of ZT in this context.
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
It's fine if you think he doesn't deserve a ZT penalty, but I can't imagine what you would possibly give her one for? Declining unsolicited critique of her game? Seriously?
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
She's blameless. When someone makes an inappropriate comment like his, I don't think she really crossed any lines in her response. She didn't curse. Didn't even call the director. She was certainly graceless, especially facing a younger player who maybe didn't know better, but I ...

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