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Bidding and the ranking of the suits

with Tina McVeigh

As you might guess, the highest bid wins the auction. And, like an auction, you have to bid higher than the previous bid.

Which bid is higher: 1♣ or 1?

What about 4 or 4♠?

Or 6♠ or 6NT

There is a ranking to the suits we must remember while bidding:

  • Notrumps*
  • Spades
  • Hearts
  • Diamonds
  • Clubs
  • * Remember, a Notrump contract means there is no trump suit. When you're playing a hand with a notrump contract, no suit can "trump" any other.

    After you watch the video, try to answer these questions about bidding and the order of the suits:

    Which of these is the highest ranking bid?

    3
    3♠
    3NT
    Notrumps are ranked higher than all four suits, so 3NT is ranked higher than 3 and 3♠.

    If the opponents have bid 1, what can you bid?

    1♣
    1
    1♠
    All of the above
    The heart suit is ranked higher than the club and diamond suits, so you cannot bid 1♣ or 1 after a 1 bid has already been made. You can, however, bid 1♠ as spades are ranked higher than hearts.

    If the previous bid is 1♠, what could you bid?

    2♣
    2
    2
    2
    Any of the above
    The previous bid was at the 1-level, so you could bid any suit at the 2-level.

    If the previous bid is 2, what could you bid?

    2♠
    2NT
    3♣
    3
    Pass
    Any of the above
    Spades and Notrumps are ranked higher than hearts, so you could bid 2♠, 2NT, or any bid at a higher level. Players are also always able to pass.

    If nobody has bid yet, what can the first bid be?

    1♣
    3
    3NT
    4
    6♠
    7NT
    You can open the bidding with any bid. With a good hand, however, you will usually want to open it at the 1-level (1♣, 1, 1, 1♠, or 1NT).

    When is the auction over?

    When someone says, "Yahtzee."
    Following three passes.
    When someone bids 7NT
    Think "Going... going... gone!" The auction is over if - after any bid is made - three players pass in a row.

    Don't worry if any of this is confusing for now. We have hints to guide you through the auctions.

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