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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
12 hours 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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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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In a Hurry
The Patriots would have had a better shot if you were OFFICIATING
Bridge is a sport. What else? by José Damiani
If you accept the definition of sport as indicated: "sports are divided into various categories :Physical Sports,Mind Sports,Motor Sports,Coordination Sports,Equestrian Sports." Then fine. Bridge is a sport. Reality, however is that common usage only defines physical sports as sports, and all the others need the descriptive ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Interesting idea, but maybe not so extreme, as that is largely due to luck if the player is good, but how about a Sandstone color for PLAYING with someone under 100 points? And greystone for someone between 100 and 200? Suddenly aspiring novices can be desirable partners for more advanced ...
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
I like that the focus is on recent events, but I think that in order to MAINTAIN life master status, you need to continue to play and achieve certain goals. Kind of like continuing education to keep a professional license. If we want people to strive for a goal and ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Maybe we should have a "BRIDGE PROMOTION" fund game several times a year, where proceeds to go a program/campaign/advertising/school outreach or something that promotes the future of the game, and isn't just a money-grab from the remaining players. Personally, I'd be much more likely to ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
"The mix was a bit different, but we lost as many as we gained (due to scare factor?)" I don't know if it's a scare factor as much as an "I'm not paying, so I have to do the same work for less reward" factor. As a ...
Proper Framing a Director Call for a Teachable Moment: UI
"I did not want to use the word "unauthorized information", but in retrospect, think that using the word might have gotten the director to consider the relevant laws." This seems insulting to the director (maybe it's warranted in this case). I would just explain the auction, hesitations, and anything ...
Proper Framing a Director Call for a Teachable Moment: UI
I might even throw in that I hoped theses guys will soon be winning the GNT for our district, and want to help make that happen.
Which is the biggest sin? (corrected version)
People cheat for a variety of reasons. Insecure and need other people to see them win. To see if they can get away with it. Figure everyone else is doing it, so they have to just to break even. Maybe trying to achieve a status so they can charge people ...
What is your ruling?
Of course. Calling the director is such a horrible thing to do it would drive players away. God forbid we foster the attitude that calling the director is not a bad thing, nor an accusation, but rather a normal part of the game. And let's also make sure we ...

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