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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 19, 2015
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired software engineer - Electronic Warfare (F-18 Superhornet) with Raytheon / Hughes Aircraft Companies

Texas Hold-em and Pot-limit Omaha player

Long-time owner of 1994 Mazda twin-turbo RX-7 modified to 400hp


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Partner and I played 3 quarters directly against Meckstroth/Rodwell in the Vanderbilt KOs. We got the best of them in 2 of the 3 quarters at our table and we knocked them out of the event!
Bridge Accomplishments
5th overall in NABC Blue Ribbon Pairs, multiple 9-16 overalls in Vanderbilt / Spingold events, 1st overall in 0-5,000 and 0-10,000 NABC pairs (Note: played each event ONLY once), 4th overall in NABC Fast Pairs, 4th overall in NABC North American Swiss, 1st (twice) and 2nd (twice) in the annual Bridge World MSC Contest (out of 6 attempts) and on their expert panel for 2.5 years, ACBL National Appeals Committee co-team leader for 15 years.
Regular Bridge Partners
John Jones, Michael Schreiber, Jeff Miller, Carreen Hinds, the late Marshall Miles, Rick Panter, Will Beall, Jack Yeasley
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Santa Barbara, CA
Favorite Conventions
Kaplan Inversion with Flannery 2D
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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“Never preempt over a preempt”...what’s the intuition? (If you agree)
In general you don't preempt over an opponent's preempt; but, I remember an "exception" in the USBF team qualifying when Kit picked up KQJxxxxxxx Jxx. -- -- after RHO opened 3D he overcalled 4S
Entering leads on Bridgemates
My Santa Barbara Bridge Center has turned it on and I believe that most people like it (and it only takes about 10-15 seconds longer on average per hand). I think it definitely eliminates some scoring errors which makes the director's job easier since ACBL Score doesn't catch ...
Bridge Software?
Thank you !! This works great as a double-dummy analyzer of hands for my IMAC desktop!!
Bridge Software?
I noticed that this app does NOT provide a double-dummy playing option..... Does anyone know a site for MAC that provides a FREE double dummy analyzer??
Símun Lassaberg's bidding problem: 73 T9432 9 AQ954
I generally agree.....that's why I've only played it in partnerships which had explicit notes (with the treatment being highlighted!!) that were constantly reviewed by both partners prior to playing.
Símun Lassaberg's bidding problem: 73 T9432 9 AQ954
Michael: It's ironic that one of your long-term partners (Jeff) introduced it to me and wanted to play it. Did you ever play it with him??
The weakness of lower strats
My Santa Barbara club has kept raising the upper MP limit seemingly because players don’t wish to compete against the better players (and they want a better chance to win masterpoints). 
Management has also designated many more games as Club Championships or charity games in order to award more ...
1!S X 2!S X - Minors or can it have hearts?
To avoid playing a 4-3 heart fit at the 3-level I prefer to play: X = minors 2NT = exactly 4 hearts and presumably a minor
Poker anyone?
I ended up with four 8's once in a national event several years ago (I seem to remember on defense!). Some people may remember that it was written up in the NABC daily bulletin with the title of "Crazy Eights". Obviously 4 aces is much more difficult. Once in ...
What do you lead from J982? (Modified)
The recent August 2018 issue of The Bridge World (TBW) magazine contained a Master Solver’s Club (MSC) Problem H addressing the same issue. i.e. 1NT passed out and you’re on lead with: J986 A1074 J10 1093 The expert panel voted as follows: Lead ...
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