The Gambling 3NT is an opening 3NT bid showing a solid 6-8 card minor suit. It typically denies a void or 4+ card side suit. Side suit strength depends on partnership style. Opener may have anywhere from 0-3 outside suits stopped. Let us call these the aggressive, moderate and conservative approaches.
ResponsesThere are several flavors of responses to play. Below is a summary of some common approaches.
There are a couple ways to play this:
Again, a couple ways to play this:
Natural, showing a good 6+ card heart suit.
|4||Natural, showing a good 6+ card spade suit.
|4NT|| Quantitative, inviting 6NT.
|5|| Bail-out bid, showing major-suit weakness but good support for both minors. Asks opener to pass or correct to
Opener's RebidsThere are multiple ways to define opener's rebids.
- In response to a strong 4 ask, opener may:
- Bid 4 Gerber.
- Bid 4/ to show a side-suit ace.
- Bid 4NT with a minimum.
- Alternatively, opener's rebids may describe suit length. In response to a strong
4ask, opener can:
- Bid 4// to show a singleton in that suit.
- Bid 4NT with a semi-balanced hand, i.e. 2-2-2-7 or 2-2-7-2.
- Bid 5 to show long diamonds with a singleton club.
5instead of 4to show long clubs with a stiff diamond.
- If the opponents double 3NT for penalty (how unsporting!), responder may bid
4as a runout bid, asking opener to pass or correct to 4.
- If the opponents overcall, a 4NT bid by responder is natural. It is neither quantitative nor Blackwood.