Dealer bids first. The bid auction is over when there are three passes in a row.
Ranking of Suits from lowest to highest:
- ♣ Clubs
- ♦ Diamonds
- ♥ Hearts
- ♠ Spades
- NT No Trump
♣ and ♦ are considered minor suits
♥ and ♠ are considered major suits
When you bid one of a suit, or no trump, you are betting that you will take 6 + 1 = 7 tricks. When you bid seven of a suit (or no-trump), you are betting that you will take 6 + 7 = 13 tricks (all of them!), therefore, seven is the highest bid.
Thanks to Dave Domnitch for this description.
Below are links to our notes on various conventions and helpful tips.
- Borderline Hands
- Cue Bid – Communication for Partner’s Bid
- Jacoby 2NT
- Modern Bidding Tips
- Negative Double
- Opening No Trump
- Opening One of a Minor
- Penalty Double – Defensive Bidding
- Quick Hand Assessment
- Re-Biddable Hands
- Responses to One No-Trump Opening Bids
- Responses to One of a Minor
- Takeout Double
- Unusual 2NT
Our recent posts related to bidding:
- What to bid, what to bid …
- Stayman – Response to 2♦
- Don’t be Greedy
- Do lots and lots of trump overcome few points?