principle of restricted choice

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A rule influencing the play of certain card combinations in the game of bridge, first discussed by the British-born US bridge expert Alan F(raser) Truscott (1925–2005) and later developed and named by the English player and author (John) Terence Reese (1913–96) in his book The Expert Game (1958), based on the same probabilistic phenomenon as the Monty Hall problem, according to which if a certain action could have been taken either because there was no alternative or as a result of a choice between two alternatives, then the first possibility is twice as likely as the second, other things being equal.

Subjects: Psychology.

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