Suit combination – J missing

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The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge presents the optional lines of play in contract bridge for a single suit in isolation in which declarer and dummy hands lack the jack but possess the ace, king, queen and ten.[1] The selected line of play varies depending on how many cards are held by the defence and the minimum number of tricks required. The probability of success is also presented.

The play recommended by the encyclopedia is generally to finesse the 10 or play off the top honors depending on the precise combination as shown below:
x - AKQ10: finesse
x - AKQ10x: finesse
x - AKQ10xx: drop off
x - AKQ10xxx: drop off


  1. ^ Manley, Brent, Editor; Horton, Mark, Co-Editor; Greenberg-Yarbro, Tracey, Co-Editor; Rigal, Barry, Co-Editor (2011). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (7th ed.). Horn Lake, MS: American Contract Bridge League. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-939460-99-1.