You have probably heard some players talking about “the power” of two suited hands. Well, here is a guideline you can use when you have a two-suited hand to determine whether a hand containing fewer than 12 high card points (HCPTS) is worthy of an opening bid in the first or second seat!
If the answer is “YES” THIS GIVES YOU MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO BID!!!
This determination is decided when the number of high card points + the number of cards in the two longest suits Equals = 20. Some definitions of this guideline include the provision that the holding must include 2 quick tricks! This makes perfect sense as a protective factor.
DEFINITION OF QUICK TRICKS
A K – 2
A Q – 1-1/2
A – 1
K Q – 1
K x – 1/2 (“x” indicates a small card)
Another consideration is that the “high cards” be in the two longest suits; therefore they are “working together” -9’s and 10’s are called intermediates and have value when working together.
A Q 9 xx
A 10 9 xx
10 HCPTS plus (5 hearts and 5 diamonds) 10 = 20
2 quick tricks – 2 aces
And the high cards are located in the two longest suits + intermediates
OPEN THIS HAND IN 1st or 2nd seat every day of the week
Q x x x x
Q J x x x
10 HCPTS + 10 (# of cards in 2 longest suits) = 20
0 quick tricks
High cards are NOT working together
This hand we would refer to as “quacky” — “queens and jacks”
Do NOT open this hand in 1st or 2nd seat!
Something new to experiment and have fun with. This is called the “Rule of 20”