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The odds are a man's best friend
Charles Goren
February 16, 1959
When a good golfer starts missing the fairway with his drives and finding the traps with his approaches, he does not waste time seeking locker-room sympathy. Instead, he consults his pro.
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February 16, 1959

The Odds Are A Man's Best Friend

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When a good golfer starts missing the fairway with his drives and finding the traps with his approaches, he does not waste time seeking locker-room sympathy. Instead, he consults his pro.

Unfortunately, this simple remedy is not often followed by the unsuccessful bridge player. For one reason, many players are genuinely convinced that they are dogged by ill fortune; on those occasions (rare, of course) when they hold good cards, their finesses always fail and their suits never break. For another reason, it is not always possible to find a bridge "pro" who can tell the good player where he is slipping.

When no pro is available, the most reliable substitute is to be found in the results achieved by the field in a duplicate game where the same hands are played by a good number of players. (The best way to come by duplicate hands is to write to Alvin handy, American Contract League, 33 West 60th Street, New York City.) To get down to cases:

Both sides vulnerable Dealer, South

NORTH

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[10 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

WEST

[10 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[9 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

SOUTH

[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]

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