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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
21 hours ago
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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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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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
2 over 1
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Greedy B*st*rd in the Poker World
The reason for the OP was to ask if there is a methodology for bridge that can isolate "exponential outlier" behavior?
Two Step Slam Dance
I can see that I didn't go far enough in the 'beef up the club spots'. Thanks to all who have shed light on major suit raises in a wk NT system.
Two Step Slam Dance
what do you do rebid over 1 with 4 and an unbalanced minimum e.g. Kx Axxx x AQxxxx 2? blocking?
Two Step Slam Dance
as a nonWkNTr I thought that the single raise showed values as you stated according to those I've played against. fwiw the K&R on the given hand is 17.30 fwiw the K&R on your clubs is 19.30
Remembering My Dad
IIRC he pitched a ninth inning for the Cleveland Indians
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: A95432 AJT53 97 ---
very close
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
I thought leaping Michaels was the call for hearts and a minor. Of course there is a range of strengths for the call, so maybe the cuebid followed by 4 is a "super Leaping Michaels"?
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
Guess I'm not in your crowd there ! If I pass my LHO sitting West is going to wonder if there is spade length in doubler's hand and if their K is going to be decapitated and possible bad trump breaks. It is, of course, a different story if ...
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
P (2) X (P) was, in fact, the auction. I passed with the South cards. Playing Precision with a vulnerable partner I do not expect us to have any outside defensive tricks and quite possibly no tricks whatsoever. Why would I want to jam the auction and goad the ...
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
Jeff, I would be bidding 4 over 2 if my partner was a passed hand. Different story if the 2 was first chair.

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