While points above the line do not count toward a Bridge game score, they do count toward
a team's match score. Since these point values tend to be higher, they are more instrumental in affecting the
outcome of a Bridge match.
Once a team has won one game, it is said to be vulnerable.
When the declaring team is vulnerable, certain above-the-line bonuses for successful play are
increased. Likewise, other above-the-line penalties for unsuccessful play are also increased.
If the declaring team wins tricks in excess of those necessary to make their contract, they earn points above
The point amounts for overtricks are mostly the same as those scored below the line:
20 points per trick in Clubs and Diamonds, 30 points in Hearts, Spades, and No Trump. The only difference is
that the 10-point bonus for No Trump is not awarded for overtricks.
When a bid has been doubled or redoubled, a bonus is added for each overtrick, as follows:
|If Declaring Team is:
|Not Vulnerable||100 points||200 points|
|Vulnerable||200 points||400 points|
If the declaring team wins fewer tricks than they bid, the defenders score points above the line for each trick,
|Not Doubled - Each Undertrick||50 points||100 points|
|Doubled - 1st Undertrick||100 points||200 points|
|Doubled - 2nd and 3rd Undertrick||200 points each||300 points each|
|Doubled - Subsequent Undertricks||300 points each||300 points each|
|Redoubled - 1st Undertrick||200 points||400 points|
|Redoubled - 2nd and 3rd Undertrick||400 points each||600 points each|
|Redoubled - Subsequent Undertricks||600 points each||600 points each|
All bonus points are awarded above the line.
A successful bid of 6 (12 tricks) is a small slam. A successful bid of 7 (13 tricks) is a grand slam. Bonus points
above the line are awarded for slam bids, as follows:
|If Declaring Team is:
|Not Vulnerable||500 points||1000 points|
|Vulnerable||750 points||1500 points|
Doubled Bid Bonus
If your team makes a doubled bid, you score a bonus of 50 points above the line. This is sometimes known as
"50 for the insult." When you make a redoubled bid, you score a bonus of 100 points above the line.
The top five Trump cards (Ace through Ten) are called honors. If you hold all five of these cards, your
team scores 150 points above the line. If you hold four honors, your team scores100 points above the line.
During a No Trump round, if you hold all four aces, your team scores 150 points above the line.
If your team wins the rubber (two games), you earn bonus points above the line. This bonus is 700 points if
the other team was not vulnerable and 500 points if they were vulnerable.