At the table
A bridge deal consists of two phases: bidding and card play.
In this phase, players bid for the minimum number of tricks
they think they can take to win the deal.
The dealer makes the first call. He is the "opener
". Then the auction proceeds clockwise. There may be several bidding rounds.
The bidding ends when three players in succession say Pass
, meaning that they do not want to bid higher. The final bid becomes the "contract".