A MISSISSIPPI HEART HAND

USA, 1800s

Mississippi Heart Hands were set up by cardsharps to lure victims into a betting trap. Although best documented for whist games, with professional gamblers on the Mississippi River steamboats preying on unsuspecting travelers, they are also known in bridge. The most common is the hand shown here. South has a powerhouse hand and is willing to bet his last dollar.

 

 

10 5 4 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5 4 3 2

 

 

 

 

 5 4 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

J 9 8 7 6

8 7 6 5 4 3 2

 

W                          E

 

A K Q J 10 9

 

 

8 7 6

 

 

 

10 9 8 7 6

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

A K Q

 

 

 

 

A K Q J 10 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A K Q J

 

 

He believes he is invincible but there is no game to be made. A diamond lead restricts South to six tricks in a heart contract.  

 

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