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by dustin7609
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: World Series of Spades
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: World Series of Spades

Thanks for the tourney, Joe. Was a great time. Looking forward to next year.
by dustin7609
Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Just an amazing game
Replies: 17
Views: 3960

Re: Just an amazing game

Again, the 2 bid serves no purpose even if you are "sure" that the nil is a bluff. If that is your strategy (which is wrong for many reasons), why bid more than is necessary? Just bid 1 to give more room to set the nil (again, 2 serves zero purpose). The problem here is you left yourself only one ch...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Just an amazing game
Replies: 17
Views: 3960

Re: Just an amazing game

Why on Earth did your pard only bid 3? That's my first question. Then last hand bidder bids an absolutely useless bid on top of that (2)???? What purpose does a 2 bid serve? I mean it's an interesting situation and all, but too bad the last two bidders messed it up by bidding incorrectly. Your partn...
by dustin7609
Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: World Series of Spades
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: World Series of Spades

Looks good. Maybe I can make it this year. Always love a trip to Vegas, and you run a good tournament Joe.
by dustin7609
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: New Spades Book
Replies: 3
Views: 1867

Re: New Spades Book

Interesting. Looks like an extremely casual book. Would be nice to see someone put together another book on advanced play, but I doubt we'll ever see it happen. Not enough of a market for it.
by dustin7609
Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How Would You Play This Hand?
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: How Would You Play This Hand?

While falsecarding (deception) certainly has its rare place, I wouldn't recommend doing it very often as you will also end up misleading your partner and that can really damage how well a partnership works for future hands. If your partner can no longer read your holdings, now he/she won't know how ...
by dustin7609
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:16 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How Would You Play This Hand?
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: How Would You Play This Hand?

Hey Nick, great question! Good to see people asking these types of questions more frequently. Here is why the king is a superior lead. There are indeed many occasions where leading an unsupported ace is the most favorable lead (in contrast to popular belief). Spades players are a funny crowd. They'v...
by dustin7609
Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:10 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How Would You Play This Hand?
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: How Would You Play This Hand?

Exactly. The king lead should never be cut. The king lead is more informative than the ace and this is why experts always lead the K from AK holdings.
by dustin7609
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: New Spades Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 885

New Spades Blog

Hey all, I just started a new blog on advanced spades theory -- please leave your comments! I will update the content as often as possible! Leave your feedback, please!

http://spadesgeek.blogspot.com/
by dustin7609
Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: How Would You Play This Hand?
Replies: 13
Views: 2819

Re: How Would You Play This Hand?

How would you approach the play of this hand? Scores: North/South: 113 - 3 bags East/West: 91 - 1 bags Bids: South: 4 West: 2 North: 3 East: 3 South’s Holdings Spades: K, 8, 4, 2 Hearts: A, K, Q, 5 Diamonds: 10, 5, 2 Clubs: 5, 2 I think you're trying to overcomplicate a pretty simple and straight f...
by dustin7609
Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 14454

Re: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead

"Also... what book would you recommend as the "must-have" for some one looking to improve their game?" A great question, and not enough people are willing to study the game -- refreshing to see you ask. I've studied every book on Spades in great depth, and here is my evaluation. "How Not to Lose At...
by dustin7609
Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:59 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 14454

Hey Galt,

By "shot in the dark", I was actually referring to any opening lead. Whatever lead we choose to make, is actually a "shot in the dark" as we have almost no information about partner's or the opponents' holdings yet other than the bids made.
by dustin7609
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 14454

Some great comments by Manic, Cogdis, and openshut in regards to the advantage of passive leads . It's nice to finally have some intelligent contributors to this game. Spades lacked that 5 years ago. The concept of passive leads is probably the most neglected aspect of spades theory. We read a lot a...
by dustin7609
Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 14454

Also speaking of this communication argument by Dustin, wanting to lead low x from Jxx to show odd count, or denying a doubleton, what about: Txx or 9xx Did u say you would lead TOP? Dustin doesnt that contradict your count idea? I don't use odd/even count signals, nor did I mention them here.....n...
by dustin7609
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 14454

Good reply, Cogdis. As a side note and to ramble a bit, I was thinking the other day why so few players ever take jack finesses (From a AJ type of holding, or when partner leads a jack). Where is the risk? After all, you're maintaining control of the suit just as if you had taken a Q finesse. If you...