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If you dont want to bid 4C now than you should have rebid 3S not 3D. Showing Hx/xxx and a singleton in the 4th suit is more important than showing a 5th .
9 hours ago
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Thanks ! do you know where i could find the color list maybe there is a color that match this background ?
9 hours ago
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Make a lot of sense to play 2H as a relay to 2S or INV hands and 2S+ as GF. Its like XYZ
10 hours ago
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In chess there is this long debate if “blitz” is real chess or not.

My personnal was that it depend on the player, for some players blitz help you be more confident and quick for combinations, for others its detrimental since it lead them to make more impulse move in real game afterward. My view is that if it improve you standard chess than its chess if its detrimental than its not chess.

I don't play with the bots so i don't know but I guess that if you play with the bots mostly for your declarer play and doing so improve your regular bridge than its bridge, however if playing with the bots is detrimental to your irl bridge bidding or defense because you take some bad bidding habits afterward or stop looking at your partner signals than its not bridge.
12 hours ago
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West pass of 3D tell me that we should focus on teaching them takeout double & the scoring not the stop cards or the importance of keeping tempo.
13 hours ago
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Unless you get a scary lead like the best line for 3 tricks is to start with the J.

KMxx——M (M is 9 or T) 2 cases is equal to

K——MMxx & MMxx—–K

But starting with the J could win when its

KMMx——x wich is 2 cases in you can get back to play low trump to the 8.
15 hours ago
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“It's a freeroll.” Just try to find a casino simulator. At 90 hands an hour for 3hours and a minus 5% edge the casino probably has less than 5% to get in the money. At minus 8% its probably closer to 0% than to 5%.

If the casino knew and would want to make money they would simply barred Ivey after he created his lucky shoe or just shuffle/change card orientation or between the session without him knowing and find an excuse later.
16 hours ago
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Also i hope people notice how fishy it is to request a cantonese speaking croupier to give her unusual instruction, I mean shes an hardcore gambler for many years im sure she can call whatever bacarat term in perfect english.

Its a bit like a 10+ years experienced tournament player not able to say “low spade” because he is not an english speaking native.
22 hours ago
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All I know is that a trained croupier would never turn cards 180 deg without asking his boss.

I could see a casino manager/pit boss agreeing to all demands (specific cards, keep same deck, cut card at -7) but they would never agree to players touching cards or turn cards 180 deg.

So IMO if the croupier did ask his boss to turn the cards 180 deg than we would know about it in the court video.

Remember the croupier can turn cards and probably not be noticed by co-worker or Ivey and friend can ask to “turn this lucky card”" when nobody is watching.

If the croupier turned the cards without his superior knowing than Ivey greatest con is convincing everybody that the croupier was an innocent agent.

My feeling is that the casino know the croupier is guilty but they cant prove it and the lwayer just took the best strategy to get the money back rather than try to incriminate the players and the croupier. There is nothing worse for public reputation than employes & players colluding to cheat, they prefer to be victim of a grey area scam.
22 hours ago
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I think the key to this hand its that after a one level overcall make a slam try vs 8-10, hes basically showing a 2 suiter but either 6-4 or with opponent suit.

South hand despite being minimum could see that QTx might be a great holding rather than normally a poor holding and might cooperate.

3S—3NT (not serious but better than 4H)
4C—4H

now north see that south doesnt have A or K of and may make another move.

Showing shortness is probably better but its a unusual agreement.
23 hours ago
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3S

Partner knew that we are likely outgunned when he bid 2S vul. He also knew that west is likely to have short or a 18-19 bal so that could break 4441 with 4 behing him is somehwat expected.

I expect at least a 4360 with decent spades. Partner will simply not have enough pts to be 4261/4162 here.
July 19
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After a splinter we play one under.

P–(1S)–P–4D (spl)
X

since 4D is a splinter and could be void, X asking for lead make more sense than X asking for a D lead.
July 19
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I think its easier to guess what the opponents have rather than the expected meaning of double in this unusual auction.

South should be 5??4 or maybe a 5??5 (around 3-4 pts) and north should have a bal 12-14 hand (with 5C unb he would probably compete to 3C).

So it look like my partner got 9-bad 11 pts 2434/3433 where he doesnt mind if I pass 2S with some lenght.
July 19
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I agree wiht Art and Kit with the caveat that we have to be slack when it come to very weak players tempo.

When west pass 3D than i dont expect hes type of players to bid in tempo the same way a more experienced player would be.
July 18
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like i say in my other post, 4S directly (after the splinter bid) to show long spade and 4S delayed to show S+D (or vice versa) is available.
July 18
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I don't think we are a passed hand on this deal.
July 18
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What would X of 4D mean ?

My philosophy is that NV im inviting to bid on or sac, vul its lead directing (ask for a club lead in this case).

I much much prefer to invite than to bid 5D myself.

Also you have 2 ways to bid 4S, 4S directly to show long and pass followed by 4S to show and (or vice versa).
July 18
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“There were at least 2 casino people there all the time.”

Where in the video or court statement we see that there was witness to the croupier turn the cards 180 deg ? Do we know if the pitboss knew that the croupier had turned the cards ?
July 18
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So if i get this right when they asked to put the cut card in the back of the shoes the croupier ask the manager for permission but when its about turning card 180 degree she doesnt ask the pitboss and there no/few people around and at this moment there is no senior management in the building ?

They didnt call here as a witness. It confirm my point, if many people knew about the 180 rotation the croupier is probably innocent but if she was mostly “all alone” during the turning the cards than its not only the casinos that are being conned.
July 18
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Congrats

He's the robot whisperer.
July 17
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