The Gambling Three No Trump Convention for Duplicate Bridge Players

Pre-emptive bidding is a popular method of disrupting opponents auction. It can, however, be a two edged sword. One difficulty arises when one partner opens with a pre-emptive three bid in a minor. Let's look at two sample hands:1. S: xx H: x D: AKOxxxx C: xxx
2. S: xx H: x D: AKxxxxx C: xxx

Each of the above could be opened three diamonds. The problem is that hand 1 will usually produce seven tricks, even opposite a singleton, whether the hand is played in diamonds or no trump. Responder needs just a smattering of stoppers to have a play for game. Hand two, on the other hand, will not produce a plethora of tricks in no trump opposite a singleton.

The problem here is obvious. How is responder to know which type of hand opener has? How can the chances for a game in no trump be evaluated?

The solution is the gambling three no trump. which effectively creates a second form of minor suit pre-empt for opener. The original meaning of three no trump, 25-27 high card points and a balanced hand, is a true rarity and can be handled by other methods. A gambling three no trump opening bid shows the type one hand: the solid suit pre-empt.

Now when opener bids three of a minor responder knows the suit will not run independently. He is now in a position to make an informed guess as to what action to take.

In addition a bidding structure can be used for those times when responder realizes the three no trump has no play or may have a slam oriented hand opposite the gambling three no trump bidder. Here are the responses to a gambling three no trump:
4 clubs: a buyout to opener's minor. opener passes or bids 4 diamonds.
4 diamonds: A slam try, requesting opener to show a singleton.
4 hearts: to play.
4 spades: to play.
4nt: requests opener to bid 5 of his minor.

If responder uses the four diamond slam try opener answers as follows:
4 hearts: a singleton heart
4 spades: a singleton spade
4 nt: a singleton in the other minor
5 of a minor. no singleton, a signoff in opener's suit.…

Gambling in a Renovated Barn: Diamond Jo's

Located directly off of I-35 in Northwood, Iowa is a casino that will catch your eye. A large silo and barn that is lit up with neon signs and lights that will make all casino lovers have to pull over to check it out. It is very conveniently located right as you exit off of the Interstate.


Diamond Jo's is located at 777 Diamond Lane in Northwood, Iowa. With an address like 777 it makes you want to gamble here… Lucky 7's all the way!


The casino has a nice mixture of slot machines, table games like Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Roulette, Craps, Super Fun 21, Rabbit Hunter, Pai Gow Poker and Pitch Blackjack and they also have a small poker room.


The casino a few different places to eat at, either for a quick meal or for a nice sit down meal.

The Woodfire Grille- A cozy atmosphere with fireplaces that offers its' guests a romantic setting with earth toned colors, leather booths and large paintings hanging on the wall.

Examples from the menu-Jumbo Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Lobster Bisque, Macadamia Walleye, Cedar Plank Salmon, Applewood Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Berkshire Tenderloin.

My Favorite: The Slash and Burn which is Jamaican Jerk rubbed Barramundi topped with pineapple chutney and served with roasted red bell pepper mashed. It is full of flavor and my top favorite entrée here.

Prices: $12-$40

The Kitchen Buffet- A smoke free café seating area that has about 5 different serving stations filled with food. This is one of the top 10 buffets I have eaten at; I was really surprised on what they all offered.

Examples of food on the buffet: BBQ pork, Surf and Turf Kabobs, chicken wings,

Price: For Lunch Adults are $9.99

For Dinner Adults are $14-18 (depending on what day you go) Kids 6-10 are $3.99 and under 5 eat free

Bakery To Go- This is the perfect place for a quick pick me up snack for energy to go back and gamble or just for those who have a sweet tooth.

Examples from the menu:

Price: $3-$10

Casino Dining- Inside the casino for those looking for a more quick meal, they offer its' guests a choice between Subway and Burger King.


This was a unique place being inside of a large barn that has been added to. It was unique from other casinos that …