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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
11 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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Barry Dehlin's bidding problem: Q65432 7 74x KJ3
I'd really need to know what that small diamond was :)
ACBL Nationals Start times
You may be onto something Joel, but I suggest the first days start later so people have time to travel there, and the last days start earlier so people get out early for travel as well. Or would that make too much sense?
ACBL Nationals Start times
This "compromise" kills any chance locals have of playing after work without taking time off.
ACBL Nationals Start times
Maybe it's me, but it seems Hawaii isn't a good location for an NABC. Don't the vast majority of bridge players play bridge almost every day once traveling to an NABC? It seems like a lot of added expense to fly all the way to Hawaii to ...
A Free Market Solution to Host Hotel Reservations?
Maybe technically true Steve, but not in practice. Many times scalpers buy out what they think would be high demand games and end up getting rid of tickets that aren't wanted. The intent is always to sell higher, just as people will know these hotel dates sell out, and ...
ACBL Nationals Start times
I think Americans playing in tournaments abroad would be happy with the earlier schedule. After all, they're on vacation and in a country they'd like to explore, most likely. Very different from a US tournament in a city they go to regularly or even worse, where they live ...
ACBL Nationals Start times
Fair point about half-days, but I would think most of those flexible enough to be able to take half days would be able to go in an hour earlier as well and still make it.
ACBL Nationals Start times
One of the things I love about Regionals and Nationals is the leisurely break to have a nice meal with friends to discuss the hands between sessions. Something you don't get at sectionals. So While I get 7:30 is a little late to start, maybe move the times ...
Bermuda Bowl F6: FRANCE vs USA 2
Like I said, I didn't know the COC. I only know (sort of) the ACBL, so lower than 10 wouldn't be allowed, which is why I questioned it.
Bermuda Bowl F6: FRANCE vs USA 2
That's quite an upgrade on board 1. I have no idea what the Bermuda Bowl convention rules are, but I didn't think you could use any conventional responses if your NT range was below 10. So I don't think you'd be allowed to transfer if you ...

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