Hands from Fall 2018 Robot Championship


My 43rd place in the robot championship was my best showing so far, but my scores haven’t improved as much as I had hoped.

Summer 2017: 62.44%, 64th place out of 2428, 2.63% of entrants
Spring 2018: 60.95%, 94th place out of 1910, 4.92% of entrants
Summer 2018: 62.45%, 67th place out of 1704, 3.93% of entrants
Fall 2018: 62.81%, 43rd place out of 1531, 2.81% of entrants

In order to break into the top 1% of players in these tournaments, I think I need to step back and analyze where things went right and where things went wrong on these hands, to see if I can tweak my system a little bit. I would like to do better in these events, as the $40 entry for four and change masterpoints doesn’t have a favorable dollars spent to masterpoint ratio. Normally $40 will get me about 15 points on BBO.

I have posted the videos from the tournament already. Here are some hands from the tournament that I found interesting.


Also, Richard Lawson (sterman on BBO) has posted all the hands he played, with commentary, on Bridge Winners. Some of the comments in his articles relate to the psychological aspects of the robot game, which I think is important. Very interesting articles. Some of his hands overlap with some of the hands I played, but not all.
Richard’s day 1:
Richard’s day 2:

Richard’s day 3 hasn’t been published as I write this. He didn’t have a good game on day 3.

If you have hands you would like to share, please send them my way!


Passing Forcing Bids


I would like to feature some hands where I passed a bid which would normally bid forcing. The robot will have high card points less than or equal to your own HCP, so if you have 11 HCP, the robot will have 11 or less.


Here are a couple of videos I published recently.

Fun Hands 181112
Some interesting hands in this one including a neat double squeeze.

Practice Tournament 181110
Daniel plays in the free practice tournament on November 10, 2018 and does fairly well.


Opening Non-Standard NT ranges

Greetings, robot battlers!

I would like to illustrate some hands which feature either opening 2NT on 19 or opening 1NT on 14. In my opinion, this is winning tactics when playing against robots.

Charles Collins gave me this first hand. He opened 2NT with 19 HCP and got raised to 7. Robot partner had 16 with five spades. But with normal splits it was cold. Opening a heart will make it a little difficult to get to the grand slam.

I played the other hands myself. If you have any interesting hands to submit, please do so. I need the material. Jeff Kroll has submitted a ton of hands and I am very thankful. All you have to do is send me the handviewer link, it is easy, just contact me if you need help.


I stream every day at 6:00 am so if you are up that early and want to watch me play robot bridge, tune into http://www.twitch.tv/bbo_cake_eater

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Lastly, here are a couple of videos where I had fun against the robots:

The next ACBL robot championship will be held November 19 to 21, so keep practicing against those bots.


How are you doing?

Greetings, robot battlers!

How can you tell whether you are making progress in your skill, whether against robots or humans?

Against humans, I always go over each and every hand to see what I could or should have done differently. Hand records are an invaluable resource for this.

To track my progress against robots I meticulously track my average points per session.

I strongly recommend that you go over each and every hand you play in a face-to-face situation as well as against robots. If you can figure out what you are doing wrong, you can fix your thought processes to not do that any more.

Instead of posting all my broadcasts to Youtube, I am going to start posting the ones that have a lot of decision points. How many decision points is a lot in 24 hands? I don’t know. Most likely I am going to remove the older ones that are not part of the marathon.

Here’s a video where I went from last place after two hands to first!

Here are a few interesting hands for you.



Charles Collins gave me this one. I found it interesting from a bidding perspective.



Marathon videos are posted

My two favorites are 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.


But it’s easy enough to search for the whole list, just search Youtube for bbo_cake_eater. I hopefully have all my videos tagged.

Here are a couple of hands from the marathon. I will be mixing some more in over the next few weeks.
This hand was the first hand in the 10th hour. (9:00 AM)
One more:

24 Hours of Le Bots – A Bot-a-thon


Not that I have finally gotten the streaming working the way I want it, I am going to do a marathon session of playing as much robot bridge as possible for one day.

The purpose of this exercise is to test myself physically and mentally just to see how far I can push myself.

I’m going to stream the whole thing and save it all to my YouTube channel.

Also, I am going to save each morning’s game (at least the ones I don’t play terribly) to YouTube, starting yesterday.

Here are the first two videos:



About that streaming…


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I am online every day at 5:45 am Central, then irregularly after that. 

Here are a couple of interesting hands that came up recently: https://tinyurl.com/y7xsxp78