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by dustin7609
Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How Bad Play gets Rewarded
Replies: 3
Views: 4997

Re: How Bad Play gets Rewarded

I'm not really sure what was rewarded here and what we're supposed to take from this, clearly all 4 players are novices and every player at the table played this hand very poorly -- whats the point of this example and what are we supposed to be looking at specifically? The funny thing is, the player...
by dustin7609
Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Srategic Modeling
Replies: 1
Views: 2025

Re: Srategic Modeling

I think you could make more sense in your posts if you included some specific examples with real hands. A very famous bridge theorist once said "Your theories won't be respected unless you can tie them down to real hands and examples". Otherwise, your ideas just seem kind of airy and generalized. It...
by dustin7609
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Fixed Deals
Replies: 6
Views: 4044

Re: Fixed Deals

sandbar wrote:here you go, this might help :D

http://www.silvercrk.com/ratings/
How does this help answer my question about how deals are generated? This appears to be something about ratings? Very confused.

This was more helpful to my question, lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_mKY2CQ9Kk
by dustin7609
Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Fixed Deals
Replies: 6
Views: 4044

Fixed Deals

It seems like people have been complaining about "fixed deals" on HW for some number of years now. Many of the players that used to play on Yahoo! recently switched to HW and are saying the same. Normally I just brush this side as very few people understand how random deals and distributions work. T...
by dustin7609
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Team Bidder!
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Re: Team Bidder!

No one stated otherwise....
by dustin7609
Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Team Bidder!
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Re: Team Bidder!

Reread your very first statement on this thread. That is the point I strongly disagree with. For the reasons I stated. The beauty of partnership trick taking games (imo) is the complexity of the card play and the challenge to master it, that is where the real skill lies. Most neglect this aspect of ...
by dustin7609
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Team Bidder!
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Re: Team Bidder!

Disagree with this very strongly. I can teach someone to bid well in less than a few hours. Of course they'll improve over time and with experience, but it's a very easy skill to learn. Play of the hand is by far the more complex part of any partnership card game and takes many many years to become ...
by dustin7609
Tue May 28, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6378

Re: Spades Signals/Conventions

"Letting your opponents know your methods destroys any advantage to be had by having such signalling methods." You'd be surprised how untrue this statement is, if it were true Bridge players would have stopped using signaling eons ago. However, normally the signal we give to partner is more importan...
by dustin7609
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Signaling in Spades
Replies: 19
Views: 7048

Re: Signaling in Spades

I think signaling should be allowed and also announced. I know there is no governing body, but this is just a matter of ethics imo. I always state at the beginning what our carding and signaling is, and if the opps want full explanation I will provide it. The thing is, most spades players have no id...
by dustin7609
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid
Replies: 193
Views: 35259

Re: Last Hand Bid

Bumping this thread, haha. Forgot about it, fun read.
by dustin7609
Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Looking for pards willing to read Master Spades
Replies: 1
Views: 1925

Re: Looking for pards willing to read Master Spades

My recommendation: If you're this advanced and into card theory, you should put in the time and learn/play bridge :). Much better game, trust me. It's an investment of your time, but the reward is playing the best card game ever devised, imo. You're wasting your time with spades, which is what I did...
by dustin7609
Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Ok, well I would have played low to the 7H lead on trick 5. However, since you took with the Q, I definitely would not cash in the ace like you did. But since you did, I think a trump lead is auto. Partner has bid 4 and only shown up with 1 trick so far. Hopefully he has some spade length for that b...
by dustin7609
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What would you lead in this case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

Re: What would you lead in this case?

Let me rewrite this out (sorry, have to see it this way reading so much on card theory) 542 85 -- Q9 (traditional SHDC notation) Partner = 1/4 You 2/2 How are there 4 hearts left? Wasn't 2 rounds played? Should be 3 hearts remaining outside our hand. Can you please give us the play by play? It's ver...
by dustin7609
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Class for Advanced/Expert Level Partnerships
Replies: 0
Views: 1800

Class for Advanced/Expert Level Partnerships

Hi all, I will be holding a class on 7/7 next month for advanced+ level partnerships. I will be covering sophisticated carding and lead methods to develop better communication and assist your team with reading the hand more accurately. For anyone interested, feel free to post here. The class will be...
by dustin7609
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What is your "Spades Personality"?
Replies: 2
Views: 3482

What is your "Spades Personality"?

This is a descriptor which I call “spades personality”; basically, a string of letters which describe a spades player's self-rating along various axes, with the goal of providing a rough snapshot of that player's spades “philosophy” (it does NOT include a self-assessment of skill level). The idea is...