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And the flipside of this is LHO takes two seconds to play small. Because a defender has nothing to think about, I hope you are suggesting because they didnt take 1/2 a second that this is coffeehousing?
an hour ago
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I think you should call the director, actually.

West's bidding box seemed to be missing some cards.
4 hours ago
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Michael, Im not implying that at all.

My point if you are attempting to ‘observe’ something and you get a false impression, how can this be considered coffeehousing?

Acting is too strong a word by me - now that would be coffeehousing.
22 hours ago
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Odd poll choices.

Say spades are trump and the auction is

…4N

5..5

Theres very little difference between:

5 shows the Queen and no King
5 denying the Queen
5 showing the Queen and the K
5 showing the Queen and a specific King based on known suit length.

You just have to agree. Ive played all of these methods. The 3rd is standard. The 2nd is what I prefer.
March 16
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Similarly:


……..(H)………..(w)
1…..1…. x…. 4
4 ….pass(1).pass..5

down 1 with 4 also down 1.

(1) slow pass

After the round, Wife says to husband, “you don't have enough for a slow pass”.
March 16
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Growing rather weary of these “my opponents did something weird and got a good result and therefore should be penalized” threads.

Growing extremely weary of these “asking a question and really not caring about the answers unless they agree with my POV” threads.
March 15
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This happens at all levels and I can tell you it really isn't intentional.

You play a card looking for a tell. They play a card not trying to give anything away.

If you ever read Caro on Poker Tells:

https://www.amazon.com/Caros-Book-Poker-Tells-Psychology/dp/1580420826

and you should, remember, “weakness means strength and strength means weakness”.

He goes into a long discussion about how people are born into a society where all of our daily routine is pretty much programmed - school, job, relationships, etc., but poker is an area where they can act outside of norms, which includes pretending to have things we do not and v.v..

By the way, if you are looking for a tell, and you get an acting job, do you really think it's coffeehousing?

For me, 1) it's a pretty strong word, and 2) if you are looking for clues based on mannerisms and you are misled, then that is on you.
March 15
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King of Games.
March 15
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But theres a big difference in strength between a 3N call across from a round 2 suiter and a 19 point balanced hand.
March 13
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Obvious Switch applies to when partner or dummy win the trick, regardless of dummy's holding in the suit.

Here, the OS suit is diamonds, and a discouraging club would show the A or K.

Suit preference would express the same thing however.
March 12
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I bid 3 at the table. Sometimes I make a call and wonder if its the right thing to do, but I feel comfortable this is just dead on the money. I didnt get much support from others Sunday, so Im just pandering for it here lol

Its very likely we have a 10 card fit unless pard is super concentrated like AKQx xx xxx AKQx. They can easily have a double fit too and it seems important to bury the heart fit.

Pard had AKQx Q Jxx AKQxx and couldnt take the joke and tried 5. I suppose its possible I have could have a stiff diamond but theres a local player who has been known to say, dont play me for the petfect hand.
March 11
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Going through xyz promises support for the minor. 2 does not.
March 11
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Yes, we discuss not only when there is competition but also document the spillover effects on other auctions.
March 11
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Chris, don't you think they are playing two different systems when they do this?

I mean, I am not naive to think this does not happen all the time, and there is probably some tacit or specific agreement about this kind of thing but its just never getting disclosed. But you know it happens.
March 9
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Ecstatic for Bart and happy for Peter and Judi. All class acts.
March 7
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64 NF is kinda standard.
March 7
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“Based on the idea that someone thought this hand didn't have enough playing strength for 2♥.”

Your words, not Mike's.
March 6
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4 what me worry except for the fact this isn't in a bidding poll.
March 5
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