THE BRIDGE DISTRIBUTION RULE 

 
  How do the cards in a particular suit divide between the Defenders? This information is extremely valuable when playing the hand. It lets the Declarer make the right choice at the right time. There is a Bridge Distribution Rule that will help us determin the most likely split in an outstanding suit. The first part of the rule states: if the opponents have an ODD number of cards between their two hands, the suit will tend to split as evenly as possible. Let us say the Defenders have 7 Hearts between them. Then since 7 is an ODD number, the Heart suit will tend to split 3/4. This 3/4 split is much more likely to occur than a 0/7 or 1/6 or 2/5 split. (see % Table below.)
          The second part of the Bridge Distribution Rule states: if the opponents have an EVEN number of cards  between their two hands, the suit will tend not divide evenly. (Except in the case of 1/1.) Thus if the Defenders have 4 Clubs between them, 4 being an even number, the Club suit will tend to split 3/1 not 2/2.

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                            DISTRIBUTION OF OUTSTANDING CARDS
                                                            % TABLE
 
EVEN # OF CARDS
ODD # OF CARDS
           2 cards will split
          1/1         52%
          2/0         48%
          3 cards will split
          2/1          78%
          3/0          22%
           4 cards will split
          3/1         50%
          2/2         40%
          4/0         10%
         5 cards will split
         3/2          68%
         4/1          28%
         5/0            4%
          6 cards will split
         4/2         48%
         3/3         36%
         5/1         15%
         6/0           1%
         7 cards will split
         4/3          62%
         5/2          31%
         6/1            6%
         7/0            1%

 
 

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