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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
10 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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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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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
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The disappearing evening club game
I did not know that you could run and IMP Pair/IMP Team game. I thought all pair/team games were matchpoint/BAM scored. When did that change?
Tablets with a table feel
basically a venetian blind where you see e.g LHO through the 'blades' while your RHO is on the same side of the contraption. Constructing this at low cost would certainly be a factor in deployment.
Tablets with a table feel
each player can see both opponents but not partner? how is that possible? or you meant to say a player can see "an opponent"
City of Refuge
the link to the IBPA handbook should be in everyone's bookmark folder "I've Got a Secret" is on pg 142 Mike Lawrence's "Ecstacy" is on pg.205 a personal favorite that NEVER gets routine
City of Refuge
[code] 1♣ x P 1♦ P P x P [/code] promises 10+ without 2 four card suits besides clubs [code] 1♠ x P 2♥ P P x P [/code] no spade support, no 2N scramble, therefore penalty
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
Does a high finish in the Swiss portion of the Mixed Teams confer any advantage during the KO phase? Does your previous encounter from the Swiss with a team you might meet in the KO phase include consideration from the Swiss? never mind... ...
P/C or Pick
Strong only in so far that we don't play penalty doubles if the top of the range is 15 or higher We play double are penalty if the top is 14 or lower. I consider 13-15 to be intermediate, but our defense for this range is the same as ...
P/C or Pick
If your RHO couldn't/didn't act over 2 how likely is it that they will when your P/C 2 is passed? Your RHO can't have much in hcp and will need long diamonds or diamonds and spades to act. Would your 2N promise support ...
P/C or Pick
had the opening NT been weak I would have announced that range in the OP.
P/C or Pick
12-14 or weaker is weak 13-15 or stronger is strong. Clubs have to be 5 card length or longer.

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