Five Card Majors
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Five card majors biddingIn most parts of the world, notably the US and many European countries, the bidding system is built around Five Card Majors.

There are various approaches to playing Five Card Majors, with one of the most popular being SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card) which is also the 'default' bidding system for Internet bridge. The bidding system used at No Fear Bridge is closely based on SAYC.


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Percentage Tables

The following table shows the likely distribution of a given number of missing cards.

2 cards missing

1-1 52%
2-0 48%

3 cards missing

2-1 78%
3-0 22%

4 cards missing

3-1 50%
2-2 40%
4-0 10%

5 cards missing

3-2 68%
4-1 28%
5-0 4%

6 cards missing

4-2 48%
3-3 36%
5-1 15%
6-0 1%

7 cards missing

4-3 62%
5-2 31%
6-1 7%
7-0 Less than 0.5%

It's not essential to commit these figures to memory. It will normally be sufficient to remember the following general principles:

1. If there are odd number of cards missing, these are odds-on to split as evenly as possible.

2. If there are even number of cards missing, these are odds-against to split evenly (except that 2 cards are slightly more likely to split 1-1 than 2-0).

3. Apart from the above, the more uneven the split, the less likely it will occur.

All of the above percentages apply at the start of the hand. In practice, they won't be significantly affected by early play where both opponents follow suit, but the figures could change if one opponent is known to be long (or short) in another suit.

An odd number of cards missing are more likely to split 'evenly'

An even number of cards missing are more likely to split 'oddly' (except 2 card missing)






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