Bridge, Probability and Information

by: Robert F. MacKinnon

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While firmly rooted in sound mathematics, this is a book that aims to be accessible to any bridge player. It develops the ideas of probability and information theory and applies them to bridge in a way no previous author has done. Concepts such as Vacant Spaces, Restricted Choice, and how splits in one suit affect the probabilities in other suits, are discussed in depth. Readers will emerge with a much better understanding of how to apply these ideas at the table, and with some very practical rules and advice that will make them more successful players.

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Critics’ Viewpoint

"A superb treatment of bridge probability and statistics. We do the best we can with the information we have, and this book teaches you how to improve your 'guesstimating' at the bridge table"

— The Denver Post

"A combination of charm and savvy. This is not a dry collection of tables and formulas. MacKinnon liberally sprinkles the text with amusing quotes and interesting anecdotes about math and bridge. Notable in this category is the look at the Monty Hall problem, which bridge players know as Restricted Choice. Suitable for intermediate or advanced players. A."

— ACBL Bulletin


Robert F. MacKinnon
Robert F. MacKinnon
Robert F. MacKinnon (Victoria, Canada) is a retired mathematician whose work has appeared in a number of bridge magazines. He has written two bridge novels, including the remarkable Samurai Bridge, as well as the best-selling (!) Bridge, Probability and Information. He conducts a blog on the mathematics of bridge on

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