Bid Better Play Better: How to Think at the Bridge Table by Dorothy Hayden Truscott

bid betterBid Better Play Better: How to Think at the Bridge is often consider one of the best poker books of all times. It is a true classic that was first written in 1966 and first published in 1976. This review is however based on the revised version of the book that was released in 2006. The book was published by Baron Barclay Bridge. The book contains 176 pages.

The author of this book, Dorothy Hayden Truscott, is a member of the ACBL Hall of Fame. She is also the inventor of the splinter bid.

This book is written for players who know the basic of bridge but who wants to become better players. It is not a suitable book for complete beginners. You should know basic bridge rules before you read this book. The book is most suitable for advanced beginners and intermediates. The book has a reputation of quickly being able to improve your game.

The revised version of the book removes many of the weaknesses that the original book suffer from due to its age.

Language: English
ISBN-10: 0939460777
ISBN-13: 978-0939460779


  • The book contains a lot of very good information
  • Bid Better Play Better: How to Think at the Bridge is famous for how it able to teach you to get a better card sense. A reputation that is completely deserved.
  • The chapter on forced bidding is very good.
  • The book is good enough to be on the market 50 years after it was written and the new revised edition addresses the changes that has occurred in professional bridge during this time.
  • Very good introduction to bidding. To be able to see both old methods and more modern methods allow you to see how the game has developed over the years.
  • Well written and easy to read.
  • The book takes complex information and make it very easy to understand and remember.
  • The language is very focused and without fluff.


  • The e-book version is not very good. The typeset makes it hard to read. It seems to have been automatically converted without being edited by a human. It is common that the cards suits have been lost.
  • Confusing if you try to read it as a beginner. (which is not surprising since beginners are not the target readers).
  • The added modern sections do not keep the same standard as the original text.
  • The book could do with some more editing. There are a number of errors in the finished products.

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