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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.


Jun
30
comment How high do transfer bids (to 1NT) go?
@TimLymington: I would consider this as a great answer, even though I technically did not ask the Texas transfer question. (But I did add a line to obliquely refer to it.) I like to wait a day or two before actually accepting this as the best answer.
Jun
19
comment For one who likes trading games like monopoly what's the closest 2-player game with similar dynamics?
I'd try Easy Money.
Jun
17
comment What games are similar to Risk?
"Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?" In what way? Which mechanics are of most interest to you?
Jun
17
comment For one who likes trading games like monopoly what's the closest 2-player game with similar dynamics?
This is not a true "recommendations" question. The difference is that it is a "close substitutes" question, which is much narrower. Which is why I voted to reopen. See my answer on the related meta question.
Jun
14
comment What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good answer. See my comment under Scott Mitchell's answer about "weather rules."
Jun
12
comment Has the value of a five-card suit in no trump contracts been demonstrated?
I'd say 26-27 would do if the hand was 4-4-3-2, but you need 28-29 for 4-3-3-3, and can "make do" with 24-25 and 5-3-3-2, provided that the "5" is reasonably solid.
Jun
8
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
With a reasonably solid seven card diamond suit (say AQJXxxx or better), there is a real chance for "gambling" 3NT game, if opener has the other three suits stopped. And while it's more likely to happen if opener's point count is in the mid to high teens, that does not rule out it happening with a mininum.
Jun
6
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
You haven't told us enough about the rest of your hand for us to give a good answer. I presume that most of your strength is in diamonds, but maybe it's not the case. For all I know, you may have something like ♠A 3 2 ♥K J 2 ♦ T 9 7 5 4 3 2 ♣ ---, in which case I might not bid diamonds, but perhaps 1NT.
May
13
comment Does something which affects “defending player” target that player?
If you have to "sacrifice," you lose the two permanents. That's because you are the "defending" (or receiving) 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
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good suggestion.
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
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.
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
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?