DOPI is the acronym for "Double = 0, Pass = 1." It is a convention used after partner bids 4NT Blackwood or 4C Gerber to ask for aces, but the next player overcalls (usually in a sacrifice attempt). Using DOPI, responder has the following bids available:

X 0 aces
Pass 1 ace
Cheapest bid over the overcall 2 aces
Second-cheapest bid 3 aces
Third-cheapest bid 4 aces


If playing Roman Key Card Blackwood, the responses are:

X 0, 3 or 5 keycards
Pass 1 or 4 keycards
Cheapest bid over the overcall 2 keycards without the trump queen
Second-cheapest bid 2 keycards with the trump queen


If partner bids 4NT followed by 5NT, he is making a Blackwood query for kings. All other rebids by partner are natural signoffs.


Other Considerations

DOPI is more informative than DEPO, but the drawback is that it can't be played when the opponents compete above 5 of your trump suit. For example:

5
HKQT5
DAT987
CA63
  

You    
1
?

Opponent 1    
3


Partner    
4NT


Opponent 2    
6


When this occurs, it's better to switch to DEPO, or to simply play DEPO all the time.

See also

  • DEPO
    Another conventional response after Blackwood or Gerber interference: Double = Even, Pass = Odd.

  • ROPI
    A conventional Blackwood or Gerber response when the opponents double: Redouble = 0, Pass = 1.

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