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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
5 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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Opp Sacrifice at Matchpoints
On the way of the cards, yes, but it doesn't look like you would want to bid 5, is what I meant to say.
Opp Sacrifice at Matchpoints
Tough to find blame here. Switch the Q and J of clubs and I don't see how to take the heart finesse.
Should Monaco Decline 2014 EBL Gold Medal?
Absolutely! The joy and adrenaline rush of winning can't happen after the fact. Even if it's just a few days, you've been robbed of celebrating with your team, and having friends congratulate you in the moment. It's a theft that can't be returned.
ATB - 7N a no-no
I don't see east doing anything wrong. I would jump to 4S with KQxx and extra values over the double, so don't see how you count more than 11 tricks. 7N seems like "we need a top, so I'm shooting."
BBO's next generation preview
It is my understanding that on the mobile version, going back to review played hands is much more difficult if even available. Is this accurate? If so, I would hate the new version.
Hilton honors benefits at the host hotel
Not only would I cancel, I'd dispute the "cancellation penalty" on my credit card for misrepresentation.
Money saving proposal.
Tyler, I couldn't agree more. I've been complaining for years about the culture created by novice games where the rules are ignored and director calls are considered mean-spirited. When players went into the open room at our club it was considered "the dark side". To prevent people from ...
Money saving proposal.
Yes, you get better rulings when the business owner's job isn't to penalize his customers. Bridge games directed by club owners are a very strange business model.
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
Yes. If you ignore problems long enough, they go away one way or another.
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
I have read exactly what you said. You want start times to be reasonable for the time zone you live in, regardless of the time zone the event is taking place. We just happen to disagree as to how reasonable this is. My time comparisons make sense to me and ...

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