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When The Royal Flush Is Losing

I am a very experienced poker player, still I couldn' imagine, that the day is coming, when a Royal Flush will be the reason of a big loss. Let's see, what had happened!

We played this hand in a Cayne match, the declarer was South:

West
64
AKQ73
643
1076
North
K7
86542
975
K85
East
103
J
AKQJ108
QJ42
South
AQJ9852
109
2
A93
W
N
E
S
1
2
P
3
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

We can have a discussion about West's overcall, still this article is not about it.

West attacked the Ace of hearts, and he also cashed the King of hearts, when East put the Jack to the 1st trick as UDCA signal, because the Jack must have been singleton.

After cashing 2 heart tricks, West turned to the three of diamonds. hoping, that East will collect 2 diamond tricks, so the contract fails.

Although East took the King of diamonds and cashed the Ace of diamonds next, declarer could ruff it, he took all the spade tricks, holding a heart, the 9 of diamonds and K8 in the dummy before cashing the last trump from the hand, while in the hand he still had the A93 in clubs.

 

                  ---

                  8

                  9

                  K8

---                         ----

Q                           ----

---                         Q

1076                      QJ2

 

               2

               ---

               ---

               A93

Now West was squeezed, when South cashed his last trump: he had to hold the Queen of hearts and therefore he couldn't hold 3 clubs. Now the declarer discarded the eight of hearts from dummy and East was also squeezed: he had to hold the Queen of diamonds, therefore he also couldn't hold 3 clubs, and the three of clubs was high in the declarer's hand.

It is very interesting to recognize, that if East wouldn't have had Royal Flush in diamonds, West could have held hearts and diamonds, while East could hold clubs and the contract would have failed!

Another very interesting thing is, that if West had played the 6 of clubs in trick 2, the contract would have been failed, because a club trick had been established before the declarer could rectify the count for the double squeeze. Still, who can blaim him? If he plays club in trick 2, he might have faced the problem.that South could have AQ sec in hand, and he would have had 10 tricks, while the first four tricks were belonging to the defensive side.

 

 

 

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