Bridge Card Game

The bridge card game, officially known as Contract Bridge, is played all over the world. This is the place for questions about bidding, scoring, conventions, how to play, rubber bridge, duplicate, 4-deal scoring (Chicago), bridge etiquette and lots more.

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How do you respond to a convenient minor in bridge?

1 no trump if no 4 card suit

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In bridge what is a short club and how do you answer?

A "Short Club" in American 5-Card Standard bridge (and there may be other standards as well) is an opening bid which could show a hand holding as few as only 2 Clubs. It is used for an opening-point hand which does not have a five-card major, nor a 1NT point-count and distribution. The classic responses are: If played as a forcing bid (i.e., you cannot pass), with less than 6 pts, bid 1D. If not forcing with 0-5, pass. 6-9 points: Bid a four+-card major, or without a 4-card major, bid five-card diamond on the one-level (if not playing forcing), raise to 2 Clubs if holding 5+clubs or 1NT if balanced with 3+clubs and no four-card major. 10+ points: Bid a four+-card major, or without a 4-card major, bid a five-card diamond (at 1 or 2 level with interferring bid) or 2NT if balanced with 3+clubs and no four-card major. Most play "better of the minors" or "convenient minor" where, without a 5-card major, if 1 Club, is opened, it would never be as short as two: either the other minor (diamonds) will have three or more cards and/or you would have a five-card major which would be opened instead.

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Is a card laid a card played?

It depends on where you play the card and the position. if it is faced up then yes if it is faced down then no, unless the game uses a discard pile and that's where you place the card.

For instance, if you place you cards on the table, face-down to go to the toilet or just to make room in your hand, then you are not playing them.

But in the game of "Not!" or "Bull" (family friendly name, there is a card game with a rude term for dishonesty), you play the cards face down into the discard pile and declare that you played. Nobody sees the cards unless someone suspects the player lied. So of you lay them in the stack, you are playing them, but if you just lay them in front of you, face-down, you're not.

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How many bridge hands can be dealt from a 52 card deck?

The entire deck is dealt out for each hand of bridge. The maximum number of different hands that can be dealt is 52 x 51x 50 x 49 x 48 x 47 x 46 x 45 x 44 x 43 x 42 x 41 x 40. This equals

3,954,242,643,911,240,000,000 possible different deals.

or

three-sextillion, nine-hundred-fifty-four-quintillion, two-hundred-forty-two-quadrillion, six-hundred-forty-three-trillion,nine-hundred-eleven-billion, two-hundred-forty-million possible bridge hands. (U.S and modern British)

or

three-thousand-nine-hundred-fifty-four-trillion, two-hundred-forty-two-thousand-six-hundred-forty-three-billion, nine-hundred-eleven-thousand-two-hundred-forty-million possible bridge hands. (Continental Europe and/or Traditional British)

Quite a few possible hands.

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Can you claim honors in duplicate bridge?

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Definitions
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What is a control cue bid in bridge?

A control bid is used to decide whether a slam has good prospects. A typical control bidding scenario arises when a partnership has established a fit and enough points for game. Now both players can show control of side suits, which protects against the opponents taking two tricks against a slam.

Eg: Opener

♠-♥AKT9832♦AK93♣J3

Responder

♠765♥QJ76♦76♣AKT9

1♥-3♥

3â™  = control bid

3â™  says "I am interested in slam, and I have control of the spade suit. Do you have a club control (clubs are the next highest ranked suit)?

Responder would bid 4C to say "I can control the clubs", and now Opener can bid to 6♥ or 7♥ without fear of losing two club trucks.

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Is 1 club a forcing bid in bridge?

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Who can declair honors in rubber bridge?

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How can you tell whether the 3rd player's bid is an overcall after 2 passes at the beginning of a game in bridge.?

To "overcall" is to bid directly over the opponents' opening bid. The term doesn't apply if the opponents have passed.

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Who can declare honors in a bridge game?

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What are terms used in the game of Bridge?

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Can a partner declare honors in the card game bridge?

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Word and Phrase Origins
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Where did the term playing possum originate?

There is a claim that the phrase was first used in print in 1822 when referring to a political campaign. The origin refers to Possums who feign death in order to confuse predators

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Can defender have and declare honors?

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Can you bid 8 in bridge game?

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What is the highest suit in the game of bridge?

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What is the lowest bid in a game of bridge?

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When do you declare honors on bridge?

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When can you claim a hundred honors in bridge?

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Who can declare honors in party and rubber bridge?

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How do you score honors in party bridge?

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How many bridge hands can be selected from a 52 card deck?

There are 635,013,559,600 possible hands. Richard Pavlicek did the maths, here's a quote from his (fantastic) website:

"It's an enormous number, but it is easily calculated with combinatorial arithmetic. The formula for the number of combinations of N items taken R at a time is given by:

N!

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R! × (N-R)!

The notation N! (N factorial) means the product of all integers from 1 through N.

For example, 6! = 720.


First, let's use this formula to determine the number of bridge hands that can be dealt to one player. Setting N=52 and R=13, the calculation becomes:

52!

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13! × 39!

This is the number of possible bridge hands, equal to 635,013,559,600."

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What are the rule for opening 2 of a suite in the game Bridge?

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Math and Arithmetic
Algebra
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Do card tricks involve math?

Some don't.

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Can you but a suit as a minor?

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