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by Galt
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Galt
Replies: 1
Views: 2909

Re: Galt

Hey Tater, sorry for the delay in responding. If not too late, happy to help any way that I can.
by Galt
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: We Were Wrong
Replies: 2
Views: 3120

Re: We Were Wrong

WOW was I happy to see that you had made a post. I had been worried about what might have happened with you for years. I have not been able to get in here.. login problems... for quite some time. Thanks for the nice comment, but really just glad to see that you are still around. I can be reached at ...
by Galt
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

Your point does have validity. I do believe that the deals at The Zone were rigged to try to generate a 50/50 type outcome in order to fill the seats. I spent many years as a professional statistician dealing with probability (inferential statistics) mainly. What I saw at The Zone bore no resemblanc...
by Galt
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

What you say is true. I am convinced that The Zone had rigged deals for just this reason, and the resulting effect that the more players in the seats the higher the advertising rate. There, it seemed that the deals were rigged to try to force a 50/50 outcome over time. I did know players against who...
by Galt
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

Sailing, I do believe that most, if not all, online poker sites do have rigged deals. Why?, one would ask. The reason is that if two players can be given hands that would normally be drop dead winners, they will bet and bet and bet, thus increasing the size of the pot and the resulting rake. I don't...
by Galt
Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

Is your sense that you suffer from such deals more than you benefit from them.

If most games are as you described, going either way, playing would not be much fun.
by Galt
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

As long as deals are not rigged for some reason, over the long-term everything will even out.
by Galt
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Lopsided Deals
Replies: 21
Views: 15099

Re: Lopsided Deals

Hi.

Pragmatically, what would a 50/50 system mean in terms of the deals?

Would it mean that in every game neither team could be said to have had an advantage in the the deals, or would it mean that in some games a player would get good cards, and in other games that same player would get bad cards?
by Galt
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Your bid?
Replies: 9
Views: 6968

Re: Your bid?

Sailing, it is simply a convention like the Big 5 bid or the High/Low signal. Obviously, this convention is used most often in the 5-7 bidding range, but 8-9 bids do show their heads now and then. So if I have a 7 bid with the 2 and 4 of Hearts, unless points or bags are critical, with partners with...
by Galt
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Your bid?
Replies: 9
Views: 6968

Re: Your bid?

It helped me because I could not make out the score.
by Galt
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Your bid?
Replies: 9
Views: 6968

Re: Your bid?

I think that I would bid 8 and just sit back and see what happens. I want my pard to bid Nil, and if I was playing with someone whom I knew and I knew played at a high level, I would bid 9 for the following reason: Generally, high odd bids... 5, 7, 9, are considered to be Nil encouraging bids, while...
by Galt
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2
Replies: 24
Views: 12210

Re: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2

As I mentioned earlier, the probability that 3 of the 4 cover dimes will be on your left side is around 10%. You ask why West would bid NIl. Why the heck would he not bid Nil? This isn't rocket science. What actually happened in this game is completely irrelevant. For years I have seen people who ha...
by Galt
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2
Replies: 24
Views: 12210

Re: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2

You can bid 4 (for some unknown reason rather than one), and you are going to lose far more games than if you bid 8. Let's say that we bid 4. The dealer now has absolutely no choice but to bid Nil. Now we have to win 9 tricks or lose. So, by bidding 4 we are really bidding 9 and counting on deceptio...
by Galt
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2
Replies: 24
Views: 12210

Re: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2

I had not looked at the full hand prior to the previous post because it isn't relevant. It does present an interesting picture, though. If West bids 1... Your pard is likely to lead Diamonds. East will win 3 tricks for sure. The question then becomes can E/W win 3 Diamond tricks. That is a possibili...
by Galt
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2
Replies: 24
Views: 12210

Re: Last Hand Bid Puzzle 2

My biggest rule for not losing at Spades is to not play scared. Bidding anything but 8 here is playing scared. Why would the dealer bid NIl here?... because the 8 bid can certainly be taken as a forced bid, which in fact it is. Further, even if the 8 bid is real, bidding Nil allows for a tie game an...