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### How Many Tricks?

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In this series, we are analyzing 1,000,000 deals which were played on-line. These deals cover a wide range of level of play and were provided by Stephen Pickett with Bridge Browser.

I know that this question will remind people of "The LAW of Total Tricks," but I am innocently asking:

On any given deal, what is the most likely division of the 13 tricks?

The most likely number of tricks to be taken (by the declaring side) is 9 -- it happens 21% of the time.

Close behind (in second place) is 10 tricks -- on 20 % of all deals played.

The full table is below (note: "0" includes deals which were passed out)

# Tricks
by Declaring
SIDE
%
01.52
1.02
2.05
3 .13
4 .54
5 1.81
6 4.84
7 10.02
8 16.19
9 21.01
10 20.21
11 14.13
12 7.26
13 2.27

Next month -- THE OPENING BID  (which is most likely, how often is 1NT opened, etc.)

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