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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
22 minutes 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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GTO in the WYTC
I see a number of comments that simply ignore the reality that Ben's pass of the double of 3 gave the opponents a chance to guess wrong after he competed to 4. Does anyone have any doubt that NS will not be allowed to play 4 ...
Brilliant bid by Polish youngster
If this was "just good bidding" who showed or implied heart control. Axx Ax QJ Kxxxxx
Brilliant bid by Polish youngster
Would 3N have asked for a 4 qbid? Did 2 deny four hearts? Would 3 show upper range of 1N rebid? I would surmise that 5 is a phony cuebid holding good spades and hoping for a heart lead Maybe 4 was the lead-inhibiting no ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
Russian hackers? :)
New KO formats
The "3KO", with 8 teams in a bracket, is not new. We ran them regularly years ago but they were not popular then and, among our regional population, would be less so now. The new KO formats tweaked the Bracket Size Adjustment Factor for fields with fewer than 9 teams ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
is it me is are the cross rank links/charts badly messed up on Monday in the U.S.
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
I would not count China out. They are the only team who have faced every team sitting above them. Singapore has yet to meet any of the current top 3.
The Cambridge Sixes - A Highly popular Tournament in New Zealand
awesome I played in a Swiss Pair event at a Reykjavik Bridge Festival years ago and loved the format. Here in ACBL land you just don't see this form of competition. I proposed a new Grass Roots National Swiss Pair event before the GNT/NAP Coordinator forum dissipated. No ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
Why is it that there are no teams from Iceland in this competition? I was under the impression that, on a per capita basis, bridge is a popular pastime there.
Some Hands from the European Championships
Thank you for sharing these hands. I'm waiting for my first entry shifting squeeze. How satisfying! I wonder how many I've missed.

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