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

Double 0, 2 or 4 aces
Pass 1 or 3 aces


If playing Roman Key Card Blackwood, a double would show 0, 2 or 4 keycards, while a pass would promise 1, 3 or 5 keycards.

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

DEPO responses are vaguer than DOPI, but its benefit is that it can be played at any level, like when the opponents sacrifice at the 6-level over 4NT.

See also ROPI when the opponents double 4NT.

See also

  • DOPI
    Another conventional Blackwood or Gerber response after interference: Double = 0, Pass = 1.

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

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