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A four player game where tactics help to control the game. Winning hands by playing the highest card is not as easy as it seems when opponents have trump cards.
HOW TO PLAY WHIST
Players work in teams of two and sit opposite each other. Thirteen cards are dealt to each player, apart from the dealer who receives twelve cards.
The dealer starts by turning over the last card in the deck face up. This will be the trump suit e.g. ♦️. Players arrange their cards into suits.
HOW TO WIN
Win the most hands in a round to collect points. Players work together in teams of two to collect the most points and win the game. Play to seven points.
Player one can play any card to start the hand e.g. J♥️. The next players take it in turns to play a card. 2 is low, and A is high. The dealer adds the trump card to their hand when it’s their turn. They then take their turn.
Players must follow the suit of the first card played if they can e.g. player two plays the A♥️.
If a player does not have the same suit they can play a trump card. A trump card is always higher than the original suit e.g. 7♦️ beats A♥️.
STARTING A NEW HAND
The winner of the hand takes the cards and puts them to the side. They start the next hand with any card e.g. A♣️.
When all cards have been played, the round ends. Teams count the combined number of hands won and points are counted, see Scoring Table.
The team to reach seven points first wins. Variations are to play to ten points or play a best of three, five or seven rounds.
VIDEO OF HOW TO PLAY WHIST
Remembering the cards played is important to know which card is the highest card left of a specific suit.
If a player has a lot of low cards they should try to play their best cards first.
Players cannot comment on their hand and teams cannot signal.
– Alternate the trumps every round in this order ♥️♠️♦️♣️. Add a fifth round with no trumps.
– Score four extra points for collecting all four of the trump face cards J, Q, K, A, or three points for three face cards. Both will bring a larger element of luck into the game.
- Knock out Whist
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