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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
39 minutes 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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Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
The phrasing in the acbl alert procedure uses this language regarding the need to alert: "...opposing pair may be reasonably expected to understand" Their usual murkiness leads me to conclude that whether to alert this or not depends on where you're playing. At the club, yes. In a top ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
Thanks for the additional information Ray. I would also say that the Bridgewinners results may be 72/28 even if poll isn't slanted, but he full ACBL poll might just flip those numbers.
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
I know I'm deep in the minority on this sort of thing, but even though it may be expert standard and standard on this board, I don't think this would be considered full disclosure to your average player. Which, I'm sure is one of the benefits of ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Here's more truth: I used to not care about Master Points. I wish I didn't have to care about Master Points. The problem is that not having them is PREVENTING me from enjoying team bridge until the Sunday Swiss, much of the time.
Director call vs. fun
Other. It depends on the director call. In some more casual games, a lead out of turn is a friendly director call, and we all make fun of each other. If someone calls about a perceived unethical behavior, one call can be enough to suck the fun out of the ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I can't answer for them, obviously, but hypothetically they might be happy to get a potential client to the next round/more points. They might be able to maneuver the team to rest the top players to help them win later (which may be the only argument for the ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
" As Michael says, create tentative brackets ranking teams by MP and then rebracket the teams based on existing Colorado Springs power ratings." Just for entertainment, I did look at the average Colorado Springs ratings for a bunch of teams. In Bracket III My Team: 59.418 Runner up: 55.348 ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I second Ray's motion.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
No Jim. It's like saying i want to play in a bracket where if I play well, i can beat other playera of similar skill.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
" rebracket the teams based on existing Colorado Springs power ratings." I would love to see this. I think my CS rating is too high, based on the quality players listed below me in my unit, but if we can do this, the ratings will correct themselves in short order, which ...

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