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In trick taking games, terminology for not following suit

As the strategy of all players is immediately effected by second hand not following suit, all terms for this distinguish - of necessity - between discarding a side suit and playing a trump. The latter ...
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Simplest finesses in Spades?

The smaller amount of information in Spades means it is hard to purposefully start a finesse, but you can still easily continue one if it is started by accident. For example, your partner happens to ...
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In trick taking games, terminology for not following suit

The term I have seen in bridge columns is "show out". The column might go something like this: "South then cashed the ace and king of trumps [expecting the opponents' five trumps to ...
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In Hearts, are there any pre-pass hands that would guarantee you shoot the moon?

No, there are no pre pass hands that will guarantee a shooting the moon. As you suggest it is possible to get a low card in a suit that will prevent you from taking that trick and either keep you from ...
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

The rules (in most spades rulesets) prohibit showing your cards, yes. That said, what you describe is a pretty common practice in friendly games, as (as you note) the rest of the hand's play is ...
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In Spades, what is the meaning of a high/low sum of bids?

A low/high sum of bids can mean anything. The sum of 4,4,4,3 is the same as 1,1,1,12 (exaggeration), but those two mean completely different things. Instead of looking at the sum of the bids, you ...
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Passing cards to prevent an opponent to shoot the moon

No it is not and in fact it might ensure that they do shoot the moon. IF they happen to have the AKQ♥ you have lost the ability to stop it by taking a trick with the J♥. If you pass one of your hearts ...
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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?

TLDR: The probability is about 8%. Distribution of diamonds for any deal With no restrictions at all then dealing a pack between four hands results in the following probabilities for distributions ...
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Understanding the rules of Knock-out Whist

Q: Trump suit here means that even if the category of the card is lowest, it will be considered higher than ACE too? A. Yes. By category, you mean Rank. Any card in the Trump suit is stronger than ...
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Passing cards to prevent an opponent to shoot the moon

Maybe. One of the biggest liabilities when shooting the moon is low hearts (2, 3 and 4 in particular) because you have to save them until everyone else is out of hearts. This is different from low ...
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In Spades, what to lead from {Ace,King,...}

Spades and Contract Bridge share most of the same mechanics as far as play of the cards are concerned, and this has long been a matter of disagreement between experts. Also, the style of playing from ...
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What are the rules for the card game "High Nines"?

Not official, but at least a start: High 9 Deck of 52 plus 2 Jokers (mark them "Big" and "Little") 4 players - draw for partners (2 high cards and 2 low cards) High card deals Deal 9 ...
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In trick taking games, terminology for not following suit

Anecdotally, people I have gamed with have always used the term "break", as in "Bob played a Diamond, and Jim was forced to break, discarding a Spade". I do not know how common or ...
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In Hearts, are there any pre-pass hands that would guarantee you shoot the moon?

I think that Joe W is right, there are no pre-pass hands that can guarantee a shooting the moon. However I think there are hands that guarantees shooting the moon unless the distribution of hearts is ...
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

This is a common play, called: The rest are mine (TRAM). Wikipedia: A common play among more experienced or skilled players is for a player who realizes that he cannot help but win all remaining ...
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

This procedure, called Claiming or Conceding as the case may be, is common in Contract Bridge (both Rubber and Tournament). However it is also error prone for beginners and can be used unethically by ...
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in Spades, when to bid such that the sum of bids equal 14?

In addition to Forget I was ever here's answer, it's appropriate to bid to 14+ tricks where your hand is disproportionately strong by itself (like comfortably bid 7 or more) and no one bids nil. This ...
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in Spades, when to bid such that the sum of bids equal 14?

There are no hard and fast rules or heuristics for such a decision, but the following indicators will tend to be positive in such a circumstance: When one is clearly the strongest player in the game. ...
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Simplest finesses in Spades?

I think this completes the other answers, implementing the idea into actions. Indirect Finesses are when partner plays a non-honor card towards your tenace. They also sometimes occur when you are ...
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Simplest finesses in Spades?

Finesses are all about considering the risk. In the example Benjamin notes, where partner plays low, right-hand opponent (RHO) plays low, and you hold AQ, you have a choice. You can play Q, which ...
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Is the Hand pattern probabilities equal to suit pattern probabilities?

Yes, and the tables are used in exactly this way by Contract Bridge analysts and experts. However, be careful when extrapolating from these tables to perform analysis based on your own holding in any ...
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When you take a trick, you *take* a trick

You've described something similar to Top Trumps and its many different versions. When a player wins a trick however they add it to their deck rather than hand but the principle is similar to what ...
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