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Duplicate Spades / RDG

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:13 pm
by Joe Andrews
Happy Holidays everyone!

I have seen many of the posts regarding the RDG, the erratic deals, and how unlucky cards often decide the outcome of games. Maybe the RDG is fair; however, there is no practical way to make all of the deals "equal". And one bad hand at the end of a match can spell defeat! The answer is very simple:

Duplicate! :D

The concept has worked beautifully for the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) for 75 years, and is the basis of all their events from the local club level to their national Championships. Go to the ACBL's site and check it out yourself! :)

Duplicate eliminates the luck of the deal, as your Team's (you and your partner) results are COMPARED to all of the other Teams who sit in the SAME direction. Every hand is its own separate entity. A game consists of 12 - 16 hands. North / South teams are stationary; East / West team move to the next highest # table to play one or two different hands against a new N / S pair. Duplicate is not played in a 500 point format; instead the hands are Match - Pointed, based on the results. Given the fact that all Teams play the same hand at the same time (and then a new hand for each subsequent deal), there is no need to utter the nauseating familiar refrain -

"They got the better cards and beat us" :lol: :evil: :lol: :evil: :lol:

Duplicate (or replicate) Spades is currently played on internet two sites, and it has been well received. I introduced Duplicate Spades at a "live" event in Indianapolis in 1997, and I have conducted more than 25 "live" Duplicate tournaments. I am willing to volunteer my time to help Silvercreek / HW implent this variation. :D

Any comments?

Re: Duplicate Spades / RDG

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:50 pm
by Spadesomniac
Wow, I think I'd really enjoy that.

Even more interesting would be if the system could be programmed to allow you watch the replays of others playing the same hand--later of course.

If this option existed I'd probably do a combination of that and regular luck-of-the-deal spades.