"I just missed tying an all-time record," Unlucky Louie croaked in the club lounge after his penny game. "Look at this hand I held."
Louie grabbed a napkin and wrote down today's North hand.
"Look at that. My pip total was 47. The worst possible hand has 41."
"That's a bad hand, even for you," I nodded. "Did your opponents bid and make a slam, or was it darkest before dawn?"
Louie's partner opened one spade and bid clubs next. Since East's 1NT had promised some values, West promptly doubled two clubs, and when Louie took a two-spade preference, East hammered that.