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Mike Doecke
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Aussie Youth NPC and Mini No-Trump Advocate :D

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Online tempo
My experience having played a lot of online poker, admittedly back in the early days, was that table presence is still significant. I would described the 'reads' I got playing online poker as similar to being blind, deaf and forced to rely on your other senses. At first it seems ...
Yet one more chance for immortality blown.
East's trumps on this layout were too good! If East had started with QJT4 instead, then you'd have to play West for specifically the stiff 8, which would fail vs West's stiff honour. Another question is whether every East would find the strongest defence holding QT84? It ...
Coast Conduct
Rather jumping straight into a condescending post accusing the OP of being unethical, why not first consider the kind of hands partner might have to break tempo over 2D. One hand type that partner might hold to break tempo is a marginal raise to 3D. Perhaps a direct 5D bid ...
Major Suit Responses To Unbalanced 1!D
I tried this method for a while (although in our system 1 wasn't strictly unbalanced). After a couple of years we ended up scrapping it because it created complexity and a few awkward situations and didn't add a lot of upside.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
Although there are spots where I definitely agree (e.g. vs a Non-Forcing 2/3 response), I'm not sure the double needs to promise length in hearts if 3 - 3 is forcing. A vast majority of opponents that bid a forcing 3 in this ...
What does 3!S mean?
How about: AQ Axxxx xxx Kxx. Sharp cards but nowhere to go over 2. A great shot at 3NT if partner can produce a diamond stopper, and 5 is in the picture if they've got a diamond shortage.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
Although I agree with Nick's general point that psychs are allowed to succeed, I strongly disagree with his comments regarding forcing bids. There aren't 'degrees of forcing' and super-forcing isn't a thing! The word 'forcing' has a simple and widely agreed meaning in bridge, that holding a ...
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
I'm pretty sure screens are always N&E, S&W so South wouldn't have had any direct information about East's tempo.
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
On this hand, I think East should definitely act with either a double or a 3 bid. Although even after a 3 bid, reaching slam would be tricky. A cute thing about North's hand on this board is that JTh are great 'blockers' in terms of stopping ...
Information Squeeze
I think the tactical advantage of a super-accept are particularly true in Hearts because the opponents will often stretch to balance if playing 2 is a possibility. Super-accepting also has upside when it comes to bidding slams. It's easy to give North a control rich hand with weak ...
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