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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Member Since
Sept. 19, 2015
Last Seen
July 18
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

 

Country
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
bart_rx7
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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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 ...
Percentage play to find the Queen in 6!H?
Perhaps my summary was a little bit too casual regarding that... but, it seems to me that cashing the trump Ace (as indicated by the polling) to cater to a stiff trump queen with LHO is higher percentage than immediately hooking the heart Jack at trick 2 catering specifically to ...
General rule: Exclusion RKC or a Splinter??
As stated above "For the purpose of this survey please assume that you do NOT play Kickback"
Percentage play to find the Queen in 6!H?
Thanx to everyone for voting and commenting. Imho, you either play West’s take-out double for an extreme distribution like 4=2=6=1 5=1=5=2 or a more balanced hand like 4=3=5=1 Thus, if you play East for the heart queen it is clearly ...
Percentage play to find the Queen in 6!H?
If you cash a high club first then both opponents follow with small clubs. *** This information added to post after 25 people had already voted <--
Percentage play to find the Queen in 6!H?
The rest of the bidding is irrelevant to the play of the hand with the opponents passing throughout. Yes, we should have gotten to 6 instead.
Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: A98 AQT KQ86 KJ6
Thanx everyone for their votes and comments... My view and the actual hand - (my thoughts most closely aligned I believe with Mr. Reitman) Imho: 1) Opponents are not going to be out of line here vulnerable, so a double here should not be penalty (especially at IMPs). It should generally ...
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