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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
12
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
@GendoIkari: Changed "penalty" to "measure" and explained that someone else should have the privilege of playing the card.
May
12
revised In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
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May
12
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good suggestion.
May
12
revised In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
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May
10
answered How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
May
10
revised How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
Focused question on decision-making process.
May
10
comment How to make Settlers of Catan quicker?
Here is a similar question from another game: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4251/…
May
10
comment Hesitating as bluff
@StefanE: "Psyching" is "bluffing" in BIDDING. That much is allowed. What is not allowed is bluffing in playing, because your opponents are more likely to be confused than partner. In "psyching," your partner is also likely to be confused.
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?