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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
9 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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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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Implications of the missing board 16
Exactly on point, David. If a round is allotted 40 minutes, each side should get 20. Any boards not started when your 20 minutes are up are not played and are assessed some sort of negative score. The opponents can take as long as they like and it won't ...
A New Ethics?
Maybe I'm a pessimist while you're an optimist. You see it as a new age of sportsmanship and honor, as you are supposed to allow these corrections. I see it is offensive and dishonorable that people are trying to get around the rules in order to get what ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
Outside of Bridge? And even so, at that top level, cost is hardly a factor. The fees are insignificant compared to the travel, hotel, professional fees, etc. It's apples and oranges for 95% of the players.
The GNT's, a modest proposal
I think it's also somewhat cost prohibitive. I can think of no other tournament (although there may be some) where you have to pay for the privilege of advancing. I think you should pay an entry fee, double what it currently is, which covers the entire event. You pay ...
In the Well: Jeff Meckstroth
First, thank you for always being a gracious opponent. I've mentioned before that the one time I was lucky enough to beat your team, you went out of your way to congratulate us. Something I will never forget and try to emulate. 1) Do you have any opponents, that ...
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.

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