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by dustin7609
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Ponder multiple Leaderboards, need feedback.
Replies: 32
Views: 9845

Re: Ponder multiple Leaderboards, need feedback.

I think that very few truly good players are interested in leader boards. Good players know that they are good and don't need some list to make them feel better about themselves. So your take is that Good players aren't apt to play rating games since attaining a higher rating doesn't appeal to them...
by dustin7609
Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jonas, have you ever considered...?
Replies: 10
Views: 3117

Re: Jonas, have you ever considered...?

Jonas, I think having it as an "option" is the way to go. Certainly if you are in a tournament or "serious" play, some players will not want to have kibitzing available. I'm still saddened by the fact so many people in Spades are afraid of cheaters. It's really a sad aspect of the game. Really, peop...
by dustin7609
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jonas, have you ever considered...?
Replies: 10
Views: 3117

Re: Jonas, have you ever considered...?

I agree....this is one of the few good features that Yahoo has. Really one of the best ways to learn is to "kibitz" better players.....I think this is one of the reasons that Yahoo players tend to stand out as skilled. We were (when i played) constantly watching each other play and discussing hands....
by dustin7609
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Introduction to Signaling
Replies: 2
Views: 1499

Re: Introduction to Signaling

Hi qetzl, it's an excellent question and one I'll be addressing in a video for "loose ends". For now, keep in mind that a lot of this comes with good judgment and the realization that we send the best message possible without giving up valuable cards. Certainly, we can't always convey the message we...
by dustin7609
Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How to become an "Expert" Spades Player
Replies: 1
Views: 1770

How to become an "Expert" Spades Player

I posted this on another forum, thought I'd repost here. I know I've always advocated reading/studying books on the principles of card play, but I wanted to write a bit on what I think makes a great player. I used to think the way to really becoming a proficient player is to simply study the great a...
by dustin7609
Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Introduction to Signaling
Replies: 2
Views: 1499

Introduction to Signaling

Here are the first videos in my series. Reposting as I made some edits. More to come.

Attitude Signaling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3LXJKetzqU

Lead Signaling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P4xyqPBWy8

Suit Preference Signaling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HODY23h4z6I
by dustin7609
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Yet another last hand
Replies: 4
Views: 1924

Re: Yet another last hand

Nil is the only option. This bid isn't being made to necessarily make a nil, however. We are simply bidding nil as a forcing bid to make the opponents bid 8. Similar to a bluff nil. Partner will likely need to bid 6, and now we play to set the 8 bid. Or he bids 5, and the opps bid to bag him. Then w...
by dustin7609
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6447

Re: Spades Signals/Conventions

What you're describing is a simple falsecard. While perfectly legal and it has the advantage of misleading the opponent/s, it also risks misleading your partner. Tread carefully with falsecards, as you can lose your partnership trust. And that is hard to gain back. Next time you make a certain "sign...
by dustin7609
Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6447

Re: Spades Signals/Conventions

Hey qetzal, it's a very good question. To be quite honest, there are very very few players that seem to employ many gadgets so maybe this discussion is moot. I hope to change this, and help advanced players see the benefit of devising a carding system. And by no means is there a clear cut answer to ...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6447

Re: Spades Signals/Conventions

I'm in favor of it simply because I think a pair who utilizes a detailed signaling system has an unfair advantage. I've been using one for years, and I can tell you with certainty it gives us a very significant advantage. The situation you described wouldn't fit under any sort of signaling as it's p...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6447

Re: Spades Signals/Conventions

Hey Galt, sorry I should have been clearer. I know that there isn't much room for bidding conventions. Other than the "Big 5" and "N-1" (which I don't use or advocate btw), I can't see much room for bidding conventions in Spades. But I've been wrong many times before and right when I make that state...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Signals/Conventions
Replies: 12
Views: 6447

Spades Signals/Conventions

I was just curious what conventions/signals people use in their regular partnerships. Have you discussed these things with your partner? Better yet, have you implemented any signals or system/s? Make a list of what you have used or considered here and explain how you use them. I think it's an intere...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Money Spades
Replies: 1
Views: 1144

Money Spades

I had an interesting discussion the other day about playing Spades for money. Many people wonder why there aren't more live tournaments where people can play for money. Some even ask why the game can't become big like Poker is. The simple answer is that it's very difficult to stop cheating. Who woul...
by dustin7609
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What A Last Hand
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: What A Last Hand

The second error was retaining the :diamond:K. He has to keep you on lead, as his only viable way to set South is clearly in the spade suit (clearly there is no set in clubs or diamonds and hearts looks like a long shot). West has to play in such a way to keep North on lead as much as possible, and ...
by dustin7609
Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: What A Last Hand
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: What A Last Hand

So it looks like West is a poor defender after all. If South knew this, then yes by all means he should nil. West makes 2 critical errors on this hand. Can you spot them? At the level of play that I'm used to, South would NEVER nil in this situation, as he'd assume proper defense. Against poor playe...