We are all taught that declarer has 5 options for an OLOOT. Mostly players who have not (or rarely) come across this before tend to glaze over as you get to option 3.
And actually declarer has a number of decisions to make as result of an OLOOT, which by one method of counting comes to 5 outcomes (but actually potentially more).
To try and give less experienced players a fair crack at selecting the best option for them, I use a script that better follows the way the laws work. It goes like this.
"The first thing you have to do is decide if you want to accept the OLOOT. Depending on which you choose you then have further decisions to make.
If you decide to accept the lead, then you my either play as declarer, with the lead coming through you and up to dummy, or you can choose for your partner to be declarer in which case you will be dummy. In either case there are no further consequences for the defenders.
If you do not accept the lead, it is withdrawn and becomes a major penalty card, and the lead reverts to [LHO].
There are consequences of [RHO] having a major penalty card. Firstly it must be played at the first possible (legal) opportunity.
Secondly, whenever [LHO] is on lead you may choose to restrict their lead options. You may require or forbid a lead of a [suit], or make no restriction. If you forbid the lead of a [suit], the restriction applies until [LHO] loses the lead .
If you do restrict their lead, the [major penalty card] is taken back into [RHO's] hand and is no longer a major penalty card.
Every subsequent time [LHO] is on lead and [RHO] still has a major penalty card, the same lead restriction options apply."
I will sometimes also throw in things about:
- Having to make the decision on their own
- [LHO] must wait for declarer to select an option each time they are on lead
- If you request a [suit] lead and LHO has none, your opportunity is lost
It is a little long winded, but I find it helps less experienced players make sense of the choices they have. It also distinguishes between the immediate option after an OLOOT. and the subsequent (and more general) consequences of major penalty cards.