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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
7 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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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
Unless we were at different events, when it was at that Mariott, parking was free if you showed you convention card. I played there and drove 5 minutes to many restaurants. A much better option than Disney. An international drive location would be better still, but I heard they don ...
The disappearing evening club game
Maybe it's similar to the problem of having so many tournaments that they all lose their appeal. With games every afternoon and morning, nobody HAS to play at night. Maybe if there was no afternoon game on days where there was a night game, more people would play in ...
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
"In ACBL's defense, the Orlando (one of the worst NABC venues in recent memory) contract was for two NABCs: 2016 and 2022(?). They paid a (relatively) small fee to get out of the latter." That's really a shame, because the problem wasn't Orlando, or the hard-working organizers ...
Stuff about appeals that some people may find boring
"Do I have to alert 2S as what I took it as, even if I did not remember any agreements?" Just think about this for a minute. You took it as artificial. It sounds like you took a bid as artificial, you were right, and you didn't have to ...
4 Convention Cards on the table possible motion
Again, you don't need to have it memorized. It will be provided and you will be able to reference it, as will your opponents.
4 Convention Cards on the table possible motion
It is my understanding that the yellow card is available to display, and that even the side forced to use it can reference it. This should alleviate any misinformation issues.
What would make you miss a favourite bridge event?
Ian, in defense of the interviews, when you win, you credit the team. When you lose, you talk about how you let the team down. You don't talk about other teammates who didn't play well.
Meckwell versu Cappelletti
I guess it depends on what you call a "victory". To me, sure, defending doubled contracts when they go down is a victory, but it's also a victory when you immediately let partner know whose hand it is, which rarely happens with every other call.
Meckwell versu Cappelletti
As with many things bridge, I'm in the minority on this one, but I strongly like the penalty double. I do like modified Cappilletti, as it preempts double of 2C as stayman if you have a hand with just one major, which obviously comes up more often than two-suited ...
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
I don't think you can compare funds you come up with for poker, (which if you are good, is really more of an investment) with something like bridge, which is purely for fun for 99% of us. Maybe a more apt comparison might be getting your kids involved in ...

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