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by Just_Ice
Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Last Hand Bid Discussion again
Replies: 11
Views: 3034

You directed your post to Galt, but I'll play along. I see you either taking the bid total to 14 and pulling off a set, or taking the total to 10 and going for the bag set. I don't like the bag set in this instance because you have to give 3, and that means you have to take the total to 10, which gi...
by Just_Ice
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: DN/BN - misconception that it hinders BETTER players?
Replies: 65
Views: 17123

Joe, you always bring intelligence, logic, and humor to a discussion.

Thank you. :)
by Just_Ice
Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:37 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: DN/BN - misconception that it hinders BETTER players?
Replies: 65
Views: 17123

Well, in Hardwood, you don't really get the luxury of bidding BN whenever you want. The program decides when you can and offers it to you. So, if it is last hand, and you are going to lose without bidding BN, but you are within a few points of the limit set by the program, you can't choose it even i...
by Just_Ice
Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Leagues and Tournies
Topic: World Series of Spades - '07
Replies: 3
Views: 3605

Yes, and gratz to all who placed and to the winners.

Also, I thank all those who made the trip. I think it's a good thing to support. One of these years, when I can, I hope to attend.
by Just_Ice
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "Last Hand" Bid Decision
Replies: 17
Views: 5452

South has a potential for 10 tricks. u take 1 from ur pard, thats 9 left over. Take the bid to 13. bid 8 take as many pts as possible LOL if u REALLY think west wont try a nil. If you ignore the math of the hand and bid based on the cards you hold and hand potential, as you suggest here, then you h...
by Just_Ice
Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "Last Hand" Bid Decision
Replies: 17
Views: 5452

ok lets take into account the bidding sequence: 1,4,7....West? West looks @ her hand, and sees very low hand...maybe mild trouble in a sidesuit with T85 - thats not a bad nil but its a little dense. Everyone has their own styles. I'm not saying many people don't take this approach. However, the app...
by Just_Ice
Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: DN/BN - misconception that it hinders BETTER players?
Replies: 65
Views: 17123

I don't think it doesn't take any skill to bid and cover it, but it certainly takes no skill to bid it. This is simply untrue... If you are falling way behind and you feel you need to bid Blind Nil, that is simple math, not skill. If it is last hand and your only option to win is Blind Nil, again, ...
by Just_Ice
Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "Last Hand" Bid Decision
Replies: 17
Views: 5452

If West has a nil they are probably going to do it no matter. If their nil is kinda risky then giving them the option to bid 1 or 2 and keep their lead is a good idea. This is my thinking. I like the 5 bid better than 4 or 3. Even if you do fool them into bidding to game, your bag count is likely g...
by Just_Ice
Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: DN/BN - misconception that it hinders BETTER players?
Replies: 65
Views: 17123

Blind Nil is appropriately named because you are blind when you do it. I don't think it doesn't take any skill to bid and cover it, but it certainly takes no skill to bid it. Certainly, when playing the hand after bidding it does take skill. I'm a little mixed here. If you have gotten bad cards all ...
by Just_Ice
Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "Last Hand" Bid Decision
Replies: 17
Views: 5452

If you knew that West is just an average player, that certainly lends weight to bidding lower. However, I still believe I'd bid 7 in this position and let West try to reason himself out of the fact that I didn't bid what I HAD to in order to stretch the game. Because all indications, especially afte...
by Just_Ice
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "Last Hand" Bid Decision
Replies: 17
Views: 5452

When I first read your example, before reading your second post, I approached the hand very similar to you. But, you are only partly correct about bidding so high that the last bidder could nil. I think if you bid 8 or 9 here you would be in danger of them bidding nil, but a 6 or 7 bid sends an enti...
by Just_Ice
Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: spyware and antivirus
Replies: 5
Views: 3056

I go with AVG by Grisoft as well. It's proven to me it works every bit as good as the bigger named packages out there, if not better in some cases. The best part about it is they have a free version that has the same full database as their package you have to buy, it just can't be installed over a n...
by Just_Ice
Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:46 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Bag Penalties???
Replies: 70
Views: 20852

So, when exactly did Al Gore invent it?
by Just_Ice
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Northwest/Northeast/Southwest/Southeast
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

Yes, Jay, there is much that can be learned from what a person "did not" play, and not just by what he did play. If we can think fast enough, not only can we picture what a person's hand might be like by what card he plays, but we can also figure out what a person's hand might be like by what he doe...
by Just_Ice
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Bag Penalties???
Replies: 70
Views: 20852

Well, you have kinda twisted the nil aspect around and used it against the new game. That's okay. But, with the original version, your only option was to bid 1 and hope you could make it. The nil is what actually gives a team now a chance to make up for that bad deal. Remember, it's true that if one...