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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
15 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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If a hesitation can be unethical can a quick bid also?
If every bid is made "confidently" than none really are. If you describe a bid as made in a certain way, the implication is that it is different than the other bids, or you wouldn't have bothered mentioning it. If I state that I made a 4 bid ...
If a hesitation can be unethical can a quick bid also?
Quickly and confidently are two different things. Quickly means faster than normal tempo, which is a violation, but one many people make when passing in obvious auctions. "CONFIDENTLY" is the word that reeks of an ethics problem. You admit you are using your body language or facial expressions in some ...
How do you play 4!H
This is the first time that a bidding poll would have been unanimous even without seeing our actual hand.
Play 6NT
Posed erroneously
"North seems to be a bit of a gambler. That is allowed." Yes, but as usual, there is a reluctance to report these gambling actions, so we'll never know if partner is fielding them or not.
What does a hesitation suggest here?
It suggests his leg was itchy and he was debating scratching it now or waiting to do it between rounds.
I don't know the local rules, so maybe this is a normal treatment of 2, but from my cushiony ACBL-land, it certainly seems like you did not get full disclosure. If there SHOULD of been a further disclosure regarding the low-end of this bid, they should be notified ...
What would you choose?
Stayman, Blackwood, takeout doubles, and I'd play with Eddie Kantar. There may be better players than he is (but probably not much), but very few with such a good sense of humor. And I would take the bible, "Play of the Hand". On second thought, I'll revive my ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
I have a bridge to sell you.
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
Michael H: Unless there is an unwritten agreement, we have no idea where responder's values are, so opener had better bid his own hand. Given that responder decided to show a 4 card heart suit for a reason, a distributional hand that also has 4 hearts would clearly pull ...

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