Opening the Bidding
The first person to bid is the opener.
On the following hand West was the dealer and passed. North was the first player to make a bid.
North is the opener on this hand.
Most opening bids are made at the 1 level. 1♣, 1♦, 1♥, 1♠ or 1NT.
High Card Points
You'll need to have a strong enough hand if you want to open the bidding. You can use a simple method of determining strength by looking at your top cards in each suit.
Opening 1♣, 1♦, 1♥, 1♠
Open your longest suit. Length before strength!
On the following hand North and East pass then South opens the bidding 1♥.
South opens the bidding 1♥.
An opening bid of 1NT shows 12-14 points and a balanced hand. Balanced means no singleton or void and no 6 card suit. Just a little bit of everything!