In Duplicate Bridge, the point is to take away the element of luck, no matter what hand you are dealt. This is because, at some point, everyone will have a chance to play the same hand whereas if this was Rubber Bridge, the side with the better hand and experience has the edge over the other team. Compared to Rubber Bridge, Duplicate allows the vulnerability to go around the table but even though the hand goes around the table, it still leaves a fair advantage for the team because the scoring starts over as well giving each team a fresh start versus the score following the team each new hand like Rubber.
When it comes down to it, you and your partner need to outdo everyone else on the table with that hand but not just for the time that you have it. The hand will circulate around the table allowing everyone to have a chance, but you want to make sure that you are the one who plays the hand with the best skill or else someone else’s team will win if they get the hand and score a lot better with it.
The Board is the single most important piece in the game of Duplicate simply because here’s where the rubber meets the road. The board contains the card that the playing team will use. Each board has four pockets that hold the cards of each team on the board. The board also comes with a number that marks it and gives it a personality. This unique feature tells who is the dealer, which side is vulnerable, and which side is not vulnerable.
Now, I’m sure you are wondering who shuffles the cards. A neutral person often deals the cards and places them in their respective places in the pockets. A lot of times, this is achieved by a computer. As expected, the computer will deal the cards in a perfectly random format that allows each team to get a fair shot also keeping a record of each deal for later.