Saturday, December 03, 2005

Is bidding 30 to indicate to your partner that you have doubles fair?

"What's not cheating: indicating with a domino- bidding 30 to tell your pard you have a helping hand"
Thanks for your clarification of what you accept as not cheating. I don't entirely agree with the first two points; but on the point about it's okay to bid 30 to indicate to your partner you have a helping hand (whether the meaning is to communicate "I have three doubles" or "I have double-five")---it has never been satisfactorily explained to me if this is acceptable, why it isn't also acceptable in a live tourney, or any in-person playing, to verbally tell your partner "I have a helping hand"--or "I have some doubles, partner" or "I have double-five" or type those words when playing a game online. Maybe the opponents don't know what the 30 bid means. If not, there is the unfair advantage, cheating if you will. It would be fairer if you're sanctioning the 30 to convey to your partner you have doubles or good help for him, to just openly verbally speak it or type it so that all the players at the table hear it or read it, would it not?
In other words, it's the covert nature of it, the being surreptitious in signifying---not by playing a domino---but by making the 30 a code whereby one's partner learns before any playing begins that his partner has doubles or a good helping hand becomes intrinsically a in cahoots thing that for generations of 42 playing was unknown. And it doesn't matter whether this 30 "code" has been pre-arranged or gleaned by an "in-the-know" player who is keenly looking to see if his partner does this sort of "indicating" and adjusts his bidding accordingly. The fact remains, the two players participating in this have a bit of knowledge, a tip-off of what may be in his partner's hand before any playing of the hand is done that perhaps the opponents have not picked up on. Hence the unfairness, hence the type of signifying that the players of 42 of the 1950s era and before would have instantly labeled "cheating." The question becomes this: because this type of signifying is now widely-accepted and practiced should it be condoned and sanctioned? Should it be simply acknowledged as a fait accompli foisted onto the pure game of 42, a corruption of the game that can't be undone, by unscrupulous players who will resort to any means they can get by with to win? Perhaps so. But wherever it is sanctioned and condoned, to be fair to those don't resort to doing this, allow all the players to simply say out loud, for all to hear, "I have doubles, partner---bid!"