|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Yarborough (YAHR-bur-o) noun
In a card game, a hand in which no card is above a nine.
[After Charles Anderson Worsley, 2nd Earl of Yarborough (1809-1897), who is said to have bet 1,000 to 1 against the occurrence of such a hand.]
"Many players know the odds against holding a Yarborough -- a hand with
no card above a nine -- are 1827 to 1. But though today's deal arose in
Reno at the ACBL's Spring Championships, I doubt anyone could have quoted
the odds against it: South and East both had Yarboroughs!"
"You pass in sleep still wondering what the real odds for a Yarborough
are and West raises to four spades."
Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; / Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; / So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, / Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)
Contribute | Advertise
© 2013 Wordsmith