Bridge is a classic and popular card game that in many ways is similar to poker. Even though the rules differ a lot, psychology and the ability to read your opponents are important skills in both games.
And just like there is online poker, you can play Bridge for real money on the internet.
One of the most prestigious bridge tournaments in the world is the Cavendish Invitational Pairs in Las Vegas. This year the winners Ton Bakkeren and Huub Bertens took home $ 214 796 in prize money.
When this board was played in Cavendish, Kit Woolsey and Fred Stewart landed in five diamonds.
Even though it looks like there are three losers in the contract, the declarer could not be stopped from making eleven tricks with the distribution at hand.
Dealer South. None Vul.
Spades: A K 8 7 5 4
Hearts: A 10
Diamonds: A 5
Clubs: K 9 8
Spades: Q J 10
Hearts: Q 9 7 3 2
Diamonds: 6 4
Clubs: A 10 3
Spades: 9 6
Hearts: K 8 6 5
Diamonds: Q J 10
Clubs: Q J 4 2
Spades: 3 2
Hearts: J 4
Diamonds: K 9 8 7 3 2
Clubs: 7 6 5
West's opening lead was a low heart. What are the chances of making the contract?
The declarer has one heart loser, one trump loser, and at least one club loser. For the contract to be made, West must hold the ace of clubs. South also has to establish the spades to be able to discard a loser from his hand.
After winning the opening lead, South played the ace and king of spades followed by a low spade.
If East ruffs, it will be with a real trump trick, and the declarer could get rid of a heart or club loser, so East discarded a heart and South ruffed.
After the king and ace of diamonds, a high spade was played, and East had to ruff, but then a heart could be discarded from the hand.
When West then held the ace of clubs, the declarer had eleven tricks and made his contract.