|POINT COUNT SYSTEM|
|Several methods have been devised to determine if a Bridge hand is worthy of an Opening Bid. The one that seems to have worked the best and is used exclusively today, is the Point Count System. This is a method of hand evaluation and has nothing to do with scoring. That later. In this system only the top four Honors ("Picture" cards and Aces) are considered. See Mr. Work and Friend. Cards that are not "Picture" cards or an Ace are "Spot Cards" The "10" is both a Spot Card and an Honor.|
|xxxxxxxxxxA K Q J 10 HONORSxxxxx|
|10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 SPOT CARDS|
DISTRIBUTIONAL POINTS (DP)
TOTAL POINT COUNT (TPC)
MAX AND AVERAGES
The total number of High Card Points (HCP) in any one suit is 10.
A = 4
K = 3
Q = 2
J = 1
Since there are four suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades) there is a total of 4 x 10 or 40 HCPs in the deck. The average HCP per hand is 40/4 (there are 4 players or hands) which is10 HCP per hand.
AN OPENING BID
TO BID OR NOT TO BID
cards in each hand
To test your knowledge try TEST II D.
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