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Subject: Hidden bidding in Module 3.I and 3.II rss

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When reading the rules this one left me puzzled:
Players are supposed to bid for starting order in secret.

How are you supposed to do this?

I guess, you'd have to hide both the amount you're bidding and the rest of your starting money, otherwise it's obvious for everyone how much you're going to bid, right?

It just seems so ... awkward.

Why does the bidding even have to be secret?
 
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Joseph Anderson
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Hidden bidding is a fairly common mechanism, especially for smaller auctions like turn order.

You put your bid in your hand and reveal simultaneously.
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Jorgen Peddersen
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Incidentally, unless playing with Module 9, you are almost always meant to keep your money hidden, according to the rules. We didn't bother to keep money hidden in the PBF games due to it being easily trackable, but in real life games, it isn't meant to be on display.
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You have a point there. I conveniently forgot about that since in most games I'm playing that's open information.
 
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