Quick summary

In the 4th seat after 3 passes, open the bidding if:


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Hand evaluation, Rule of Protective bidding

First read about balancing here, where the 4th player bids after 2 passes.

Rule of 15

This is a secondary hand evaluation system used by some people when the 4th seat does not have sufficient strength to open after 3 passes, using a traditional point count.

Count the traditional High Card Points and then add 1 point for each Spade. If the cumulative value is 15 or greater, open the bidding.

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