GAMBLING
THREE
NO TRUMP

Everyone loves to gamble. Bridge is a gambling game, although it is considered unmannered to play for money. To take guessing out of the equation and the auction, conventions and logical treatments, etc. have been invented, devised and created. However, the Gambling Three No Trump Convention is used to obstruct the opponents because it takes up so much bidding space.

The Gambling Three No Trump bid is a feature of the Acol System and has been adopted by bridge players using the Two Clubs Strong Artificial Opening bid. The Gambling Three No Trump bid is an opening bid based on a long solid Minor Suit, with at least one, preferably two, outside stoppers. Take a look at the following hand.

Opener
6
Q73
AKQ9654
75
3 No Trump
With this hand the opener would bid 3 No Trump.

x
What is the Responder
supposed to do?
x

Responder has the following options:

4 :

Shows weakness and indicates a desire to play in Opener's long suit.

4 :

Normally an artificial bid, asking for a Singleton.
If opener has a Singleton, he bids that Suit.
If opener bids 4NT, he has no Singleton.
If opener bids his Minor suit,
then opener has a Singleton in other Minor.

4 or 4 :

These two bids are natural and indicate a self-sufficient 6-card suit or better.
Opener is required to pass.

4 NT:

This is a conventional bid. Opener has already shown an Ace, and therefore the responses are downgraded.
5 = 1 Ace - 5 = 2 Aces - 5 = 3 Aces

5 :

This bid shows a desire to play in the Minor suit of the opener.
This can be a possible Preempt.

5 :

This bid is natural.
With a High Honor in Clubs, responder has reasoned that opener's suit is Diamonds.
Opener should pass.

5 NT:

A forcing response asking opener to bid.
A Grand Slam if opener has additional values such as an 8-card Minor Suit, or King/Queen in a side suit.

6 :

Shows a desire to play a Minor suit slam.

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.