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It is critical when opening in Fourth Seat to make a plus on the hand - you have passed a simple opportunity to score zero, so should have a good reason to believe opponents cannot outbid you or set you. If holding less than full values you must have both length and strength in the Major suits. This is an excellent (light) fourth-seat opening of 1S (even ...


A very popular hand evaluation technique for fourth seat openers is "Cassino count." This adds high card points and the number of spades. Typically the Rule of 15 is used -- if your high card points plus your number of spades is 15 or higher, you may open in fourth seat. This reflects Pieter's point above -- you want to go plus, so you don't want your ...

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