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I play a number of board and card games with varying degrees of skill, but using "algorithms" to avoid the most obvious mistakes. Depending on the game, if you can beat me, you are probably not a beginner, and perhaps a pretty good player.


May
10
answered In bridge, should East consider “overtaking” his partner's lead if able?
May
10
answered In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
May
7
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@NeilCoffey: POKER is played by players against each other, with the house playing a "neutral" (dealing) role. Blackjack is played by all players against the house. The house beats "most," and then throws out the one (card counter) it can't beat.
May
6
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@NeilCoffey: What you said is basically true, except that the best players can beat the game by varying their bets at appropriate times.
May
5
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@TheChaz2.0: The historical house edge is 4-5 percent against the "average Joe" (who plays poorly). It is some fraction of 1 percent (depending on house rules) against a "skilled" player who plays optimally but doesn't vary his bets based on card-counting. That's just a theoretical construct. It is negative against a skilled card counter who varies his bets. So "bet management" is a key skill in the game.
May
4
comment Are there times NOT to bid 1NT with 15 high card points and a balanced hand?
@PieterGeerkens: I'm a bit confused by your agreement, because I believe that you were the person that taught me to subtract a point for the 4-3-3-3 distribution, plus the fact that there were no "intermediates" (T, 9, 8), when I specified that the x's were 7 or less.
May
4
revised Are these board games considered as gambling games?
Set up poker as a "benchmark" for gambling games.
Apr
30
asked Are there times NOT to bid 1NT with 15 high card points and a balanced hand?
Apr
29
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
25
comment What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
Yes, the experts do what you suggested, and it's the amateurs that wait until it's too late. So a pause of three-quarters second, or even a full second every time is legit, as long as it's about the same length each time.
Apr
25
comment What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
In example 2 (and even example 1), you have two cards that "straddle" the 8, so you have a technical problem, right? Then hesitating under those circumstances would be amateurish, but not wrongful, right?
Apr
22
accepted What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
Apr
22
comment What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
"False carding to make the declarer lose count" is not illegal in this instance, but "reinforcing" it by hesitating is, right?
Apr
18
asked What constitutes “wrongful” hesitation in bridge?
Apr
17
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
14
asked Has the value of a five-card suit in no trump contracts been demonstrated?
Apr
14
answered In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
Apr
12
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
10
revised Risk - To secure a world domination win?
added 68 characters in body
Apr
10
comment Why are bridge games seemingly documented only by the hands and bidding?
@PieterGeerkens: It goes back to a point that you made in an earlier post that West should not double with a "finessable" holding such as KJ9 of trumps because it warns declarer where the finesse is. But if West had KQJ of trumps, he'd have two "forced" (not just possible) trump tricks. Even so, Bond was lucky to find all five little trumps in the South hand, rather than split, say 3-2 South and East (or 2-2 if West has four).