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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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.

 

Country
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
marklbetya
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Mark/Lance/Cab
Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
I did not say it was "stocked with ringers" but I do believe that members of this team had significant overseas experience that was likely not accounted for in their ranking. Perhaps I am wrong. If they accumulated all of their bridge experience while members of the ACBL, I whole-heartedly ...
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Kit, I don't disagree that this could be helpful for declarer, but it seems that it makes it safer for you to say "I don't remember what this means" and have your opponent go through this process rather than risk giving bad information.
The Next Step
Even if this WAS vigilantism, how could the recommendation to report suspect behavior, as opposed to , oh, hunting someone down and shooting them, be vigilantism AT IT'S WORST. Quite an overbid.
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
Thanks a lot Peg. Feel free to share it where you think it might be enjoyed.
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
Thank you.
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
Thank you. And I know what you mean. Losing close is a lot more like torture on the way home.
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
:) Nobody's called me Ralph since middle school!
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
Dessert! Cakes are amazing. My wife and I stop on the way to our annual vacation in Tennessee to get desserts for the week. And I brought a couple of slices home. Ask if they have the pistachio. Boston Cream cake is very good as well. Matzo ball soup is ...
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
Thank you.
My Trip to the SHEINWOLD GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS, FLIGHT B 2018 in Atlanta
I'm sure most are! :) Thanks.
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