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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
Dec. 9
Member Type
Bridge Player
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Grow the membership?  How about nurturing the members we already have who are at the bottom of the MP totem pole.  Find out how we can help them better appreciate the game, attend local, regional, and national tournaments.  Let's recast the special events, particularly the GNTs so that newer players learn to play imps and enjoy the difference between imps and matchpoints.  Reward districts who hold club qualifying events for Flight C players.

Our special events could be driving participation to a much greater extent than they are doing.  Live tournament bridge will sputter if we don't engage new club players to enjoy play in a larger venue. It's time for a new grass roots approach: North American Swiss Pairs. Qualify during the Grass Roots Fund month in May and earn the right to play at the fall NABC. The grass roots events, NAP and GNT, should be designed to excite newer players, not just reward those who are already coming to the NABCs


Start the 6K Spingold on Day 2 of the regular Spingold. Structure the NABC+ events in a way that encourages folks to play up.

Lobby your ACBL Board rep to move the 10K event at the start of the Spring NABC to Sat-Sun rather than starting on Day1 of both the Platinum and the IMP Pairs. Bueller?  Bueller?  Hello?  Strive to schedule the start 10K events on day 2 of 3 day NABC+ events whenever possible.

Scheduling a 10K event final that falls on day 1 of a new NABC+ event is WRONG


The ACBL doesn't need a one size fits all policy for team entry fees.  If you want 100% of the masterpoints then you pay your 100%.  A 6 person team willing to receive proportional overall awards, as we do in Swiss team events, can pay the 4 person team entry fee.  We already track the sitouts.  This is not rocket science

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
23imp pickup in Vegas mini-Spingold; a club game this year with a 15 top and no matchpoint score lower than 6 (40%). first time in 35 years of membership with no bottom or average minus
Bridge Accomplishments
Editor for the Gopher Regional Daily Bulletin and weekly Minneapolis Grand Slam Club Bulletins
Member of Bridge Club(s)
D14 GNT Coordinator
Favorite Tournaments
any one with Web Movements and level playing fields
Favorite Conventions
Xfr advances/1MX, Def vs. Michaels(majors), Reverse Smith, 4way 2H/1m, 4way 2C/1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Officer's Club Mentoring Team Card
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Mike&Peter 15May15
2/1 GF
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Mike Kamil Gabby Sherman Mike Cassel
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Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
I think your expected imp odds, over the long haul, favor passing. This, of course, on this particular hand might lose a game swing. Does your LHO have a long diamond suit or unlikely club length that can establish a seventh trick? I don't think LHO can be sure ...
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
I'm glad I don't have to hold my breath waiting for a comment by MShuster I don't agree with. That being said most of my cards show 3N as 15-17. We use jumps to 2N as 12-14 or 18+ and to 2 for various hands including ...
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
What's the problem??? With no spade lead and the QJ tight and the J coming down doubleton or tripleton the slam is COLD !!!
Reisinger, Day 3, Final Session, Bidding/Play Competition
I thought 14 was most interesting. IIRC 1N was the opening bid at 8 of the 10 tables. Five of the eight South's bid 2 for the majors. At two of the other tables North bid 3 over the spade transfer. In the match I was watching ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
No surprise for me re. table count. I was in Winnipeg. Not particularly attractive weather-wise for vacationing & bridge. I was not in Hawaii, not particularly attractive for playing bridge weather-wise when you could be vacationing. Who goes to Hawaii to sit inside for 8-12 hrs a day? I wonder if ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Was it failure or inability? Or is inability a failure?
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
No problem with new information. What bugs me is piling negativity on negativity. We all get it. You feel wounded and cannot help but retaliate. You can love your vacation without sticking in yet another dig One of these days I'll listen to your BOG comments. Maybe someone will ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
I, for one, have had enough sarcasm. How many times does one get to make their point? Over a dozen? The situation was unfortunate and maybe could have been addressed with more decorum. I don't believe Hawaiians use "Mahalo" in quite this way. We here at BW obviously don ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Carryover Question: Reisenger: The bottom qualifer has a carryover of 10.62 The leaders, Lee & co. have a carryover of 13.62 Why is it not 0 and 3 boards? N.A.Swiss The bottom qualifer has a carryover of 60.38 The leaders, Rigal & co. have a carryover of ...
To Pros and Sponsors: Encouraging Super Bracket KO Events at Our Regionals
2-session horizontal (morning) swiss or CKO seem more popular these days. We killed our morning horizontal events when we abandoned Choice Pairs and moved 'primetime' to morning-afternoon.

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