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Simplest finesses in Spades?

A finesse is a technique which enable a player to win a trick when an opponent is holding a stronger card. I read several articles about finesse in contract Bridge, and I interested, What are the best ...
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Understanding the rules of Knock-out Whist

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock-out_Whist For the first deal the dealer deals seven cards to each player and one card is turned up to indicate that its suit is the trump suit for the first ...
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In Spades, what is the probability a suit is distributed in a way, given I hold n cards from that suit?

In Spades, (or any other trick taking game), when I hold n cards of a certain suit, what is the distribution of the other 13-n cards in that suit? In particular, what is the probability that ♦'s are ...
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Is the Hand pattern probabilities equal to suit pattern probabilities?

In Spades, I wish to know the probability a certain suit is distributed in a particular way. For example I wish to know what is the probability that the diamonds are distributed either 4-4-4-1 or 5-4-...
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In Spades, what is the meaning of a high/low sum of bids?

In Spades, when playing with 4 competent players, the sum of the four bids on most rounds is about 11. However some rounds have a very high or low sum of bids, mostly due to rare hands distribution. ...
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in Spades, when to bid such that the sum of bids equal 14?

In the game of Spades, sometimes I see a strong player bid such that the sum of bids is 14. This means that one of the contracts will be set. In what conditions this "complete-to-14" bid is a strong ...
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When you take a trick, you *take* a trick

I played a hand of Hearts with someone who had not played cards in a while. When she took her first trick, she started to put the cards in her hand before remembering to put them down. That gave me ...