When To Bid Three In Either Royals Or Hearts
An original bid of three Royals or Hearts is justified by a hand in
which sufficient strength exists to make it probable that the
declaration will be successful, and which nevertheless cannot
effectively defend against a high bid by the adversaries in the other
suit. As a rule this is a two-suit hand, and in a genuine two-suiter it
often happens that one side may be able to win eleven tricks in Royals
or Hearts, while their adversaries can capture a similar number in the
The three bid is, of course, a "shut-out" measure, and should be
employed for that purpose only.
Seven sure tricks, with the possibility of more, is the minimum
strength for an original call of three Hearts or three Royals.
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